Activities, fun, friendship and work-related experiences for young people with additional needs aged between 14 and 25 in Monmouthshire
Newsletter: Autumn 2017
Building Bridges Saving Scheme!
Starting January 2017 we will be starting a saving scheme for the young people on the project. This can then be used to pay for more costly activities such as camping and water sports that come up in the summer. You will be able to pay into this at our regular youth groups or the main office and will be given a receipt for the money you have put in. It can be anything from £2 a week depending on your budgets but it all adds up!! We are hoping this will help you with budgeting for activities throughout the next year.
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Thank you to our dedicated fundraisers
A big 'thank you' to to Ruth Roath who ran two yoga sessions in Catbrook on behalf of our Project which raised £225, and to the Wyesham Community Project who separately raised a further £200 for us :-)
An opportunity to work with the young people who engage with our project
The Building Bridges Project are looking for enthusistic Personal Assistants to provide support and encouragement to the young people who engage with our project.
or email Beccy Williams (the Project Manager) for more information
on phone: 01600 710 895 or 07879 332 280
Check out our new YouTube channel
We've just launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which some of the young people who have engaged with the Building Bridges Project tell their stories in their own words.
£500 donation received
We'd like to say a big 'thank you' to the Beaufort Coaching Inn and Brasserie, Raglan for their fantastic donation of £500.
Our 'Big Event' and Impact Report
The Building Bridges’ big evaluation and celebration event took place at the Bridges Centre in Monmouth on 28th June and we'd like to thank everyone who involved in making it so special; particularly the young people told their stories through dance, poetry, drama and video. We'd also like to thank the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, our evaluators CARP Collaborations and the parents who spoke about the project's impact on young people in Monmouthshire.
Spring has been a busy time at Building Bridges
There has been a lot going on at Building Bridges the last few months! Our evaluators have been visiting various groups getting valuable feedback from young people, parents and carers. Thank you to all that took the time to come along to one or more of the events!
The project also has a new public Facebook page www.facebook.com/buildingbridgesmonmouthshire – please visit, like and share!
Our Big Event
On June 28th we are holding a Big Event to celebrate the project! The young people (and staff!) will be working hard over the next month to get ready. If you feel like you can help please let us know!
DRILL - Young people and friendships – what matters to us?
This research project will explore with young disabled people aged 14 – 25 how patterns of friendship change also, what helps and hinders friendships to form and be maintained. How are friendships linked to participation within community activities? Are young disabled people at risk of social isolation – what contributes to isolation and what can relieve it? More info at drilluk.org.uk
Research project: ‘Young People and friendships: what matters to us?’
A 2016 report concluded that '38% of disabled young people feel lonely most days'! drill (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) recently published a blog post which includes contributions from disabled young people who've enaged with the Building Bridges Project and what their life is like since they have had support to maintain friendships.
Santander Foundation Discovery Grant
We'd like to say a big thank you to the Santander Foundation for the support they have given towards running Drama Workshops. More news about the workshops themselves will be available soon.
Your newsBig Night Out!
On the 13th April at the Smirnoff Bar in Chepstow was a night to remember for many this year. The bright, flashing lights, the music blasting out at maximum volume and the drinks available at the bar all created a feel-good atmosphere. I saw a different side of peoples personalities and I didn’t want the night to end!!
At the first DRILL meeting we were introduced to the members of Carp collaborations. We also got told about the project, we were introduced to each other then asked questions about the project. Then we had a meeting in Chepstow library, in which we talked about the stages of research. Our next training is at the end of May and we should be going out to do the research in June.
Amy has started a volunteering opportunity in Abergavenny Community Centre working as part of the Community Kitchen and the Toddler group. After taking part in the opening of the Community Kitchen on St David' Day, Amy asked if she could help every week. "I like the food, I helped chop the vegetables, served the food and talk to people" Amy has also completed her level 1 Food Hygiene level with the help of the Community Centre. Since starting with the Community Kitchen Amy has also started volunteering with Freddy in the Toddlers Group every Thursday. "I like working with the children, I know one from my road". Amy's mum Lynda says: "I know how much she enjoys both especially helping with the babies".
I got the job!
By Sam Varley
Ever since I started the project one of my main goals was to be employed. Gemma told me about a potential job at Tintern tearooms being a waitress, something I have never done before. After sometime I decided to meet up with Lesley my potential employer. On Wednesday 22nd March Gemma and I went to Tintern to find out more about the job. I was asked various questions to see if I was suitable for the job. I am pleased to say I got the job!!
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