Weekly Round Up Friday 24th June

Welcome to Bronach from The Bridge (Summit House), a charity which helps with volunteering, employment and training. This was her second week in the BHP drop-in and she’s already signed people up for training courses and helped with job searches. This week she helped one of our volunteers apply for a job within his chosen field. Having her expertise in our drop-in is fantastic for our clients and volunteers – long may it continue.

Working in Partnership is definitely the order of the day and what’s more it’s very enjoyable. We’ve recently asked for feedback from our partners and here are a few things that they said:-

Black Country Foodbank “The BHP staff and volunteers have done extra training sessions to enable them to respond to the needs of their clients. Their volunteers have organised extra food collections for us – responding to our needs directly too! BHP is a valued partner and is the busiest Foodbank in the Black Country Foodbank network”

Dudley CVS “BHP have helped us connect with organisations which we would not have done otherwise. Every query is dealt with promptly and professionally.. they are brilliant, a community based and focused service who will help anyone”.

We’re so pleased with the feedback we’ve received so far, it encourages us to continue to develop our service and to see improvements and gaps that need to be addressed and this most certainly means working well with our partners. Thank-you to all who provided their feedback!

The trustees have recently had discussions to bring the Lookout Project into the structure of the BHP. This was agreed by the board on 17th June, we believe that this will enhance the work we do with young people and offers more opportunity for us to work in partnership. The Lookout Project delivers detached youth work in Pensnett and Jen one of our workers has invested much of her spare time and energy into this amazing work for many years. We believe this will be complimentary to our 1-2-1 mentoring service long term and has potential to enable us to engage earlier with those facing disadvantage and those most likely to be involved in criminal activity. Exciting times for all of the team driving things forward and making a difference in peoples lives.

In our Challenge 4 Change group this week relationships and alcohol were up for discussion with one of the young people having relationship issues because the other person wasn’t what they thought or expected. Binge drinking too seems to be an accepted part of life for the group. We often forget with other substances taking the spotlight that alcohol still poses the highest risk to health and, of course, affects a person’s behaviour. Some things don’t change and remain a challenge along with the many others facing our young people. Fortunately our modern world also offers opportunity too to release the potential in each of these young people. We have a responsibility to them to support, encourage and hopefully see this develop.

Finally for this week we are coming to the end of term and school year with many college students already finished for the year. For some there are impending exam results and applications to further and higher education, others will be looking for apprenticeships and paid employment. Some will need additional support to achieve their goals. Whatever life brings we will be looking out for those we come into contact with and this may mean supporting them directly or referring to one of our partners. Either way we can achieve more by working together.

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