It’s been a busy Easter time for us here at the BHP with us all working hard whilst taking a day or two off to spend with family and friends. Becky our foodbank volunteer reminds me of the children’s story of the porridge pot which tells of a never ending, constantly filling up pot of porridge. Her enthusiasm for others is amazing and she continues to give. This Easter she decided to get people to donate Easter Eggs for the Children’s Ward at Russell’s Hall Hospital and she ended the appeal with 200 eggs! Well done Becky. The next thing she has planned is a coffee morning fundraiser for the Drop-In service.
Our Partnership work continues to go from strength to strength and as we come to the end of the funding with the United Reform Church (URC) we are reminded that their financial support over this past year has enabled us to work with Albion Street Church to deliver a Breakfast Club for adults who have difficulties around mental and emotional health, dependency issues or involvement with the criminal justice system. We have engaged with 38 different individuals during the 45 sessions we have delivered, many have then gone on to access our 1-2-1 support at the Project and move on in their lives. The Project would like to thank URC for their generous support. The Project are committed to this partnership and as this funding ends the service at Albion Street continues. Thank you to all of our supporters who help us to make this happen.
Stacey’s Update for March – A window on the 1-2-1’s
The support can be seemingly small or can take much longer, it is unique and individual as the few examples given of this work show – One young lady who suffers with anxiety went to the gym by herself for the very first time. It was a big achievement for her and she was very happy. One young girl has been excluded from school. I am supporting her back into school and working on strategies for her to cope in class and to help her take control of herself for a positive outcome. One gentleman has been an addict and involved in crime for many years but has had his longest time out of jail ever. He has also been clean for 5 months and is determined not to go back. I really am inspired by his determination and the value he has on what he has achieved. Amazing!! ….There are many other examples of how the Project support people with managing their complex and often difficult situations. We have observed many times that small things can be significant and we are privileged to be in that position.
Little Acorns Playgroup
Kellie and Becky at Little Acorns Playgroup held their cinema event was a huge success with all the children having a marvelous time. They made £75 into the bargain and the girls pamper night also made £30 and now they have all they need to host others. Well done ladies! The next event is a children’s party evening on Friday 22nd April from 5pm -7pm with special guest ‘Sammy Taypot’. The cost is £6 per ticket to include party food and each child will take a sweet bag home. If you’re interest in buying a ticket contact Kellie email@example.com
Kellie and Becky are really pleased with how the money for the children’s play area has come together and the fencing job has been booked in for Monday 25th April.
Top Church Training
Top Church Training have opened a second café at Dudley Counselling Centre, in Salop Street, Dudley open every Thursday 11.30 -2pm serving hot food, all day breakfasts from £1.
With the South Street Café here at the Project on a Wednesday and the Dudley Café on Thursday they are now able to offer 16 young people per year the opportunity of engaging on a 3 months Café Voluntary Work Experience programme. The programme is aimed at young people 16-25, who are considered to be the furthest away from the Job Market. The young people who engage also receive 1-2-1 support around building confidence and self-esteem to raise aspirations in life. They also learn the work ethos, especially around timekeeping, the protocols of being in the work place.
Top Church have already seen much success through the café work programme as 93% of young people have moved on into employment or returned to education. They recently said goodbye to Tristian who has now started at the Princes Trust and Stacey who has moved into full time employment.
Karen the Project Manager for Top Church said ‘We would like to thank everyone at the Brierley Hill Project, South Street Baptist Church and Foodbank for their continual support, without you guys this vital work could not happen! Thank you all on behalf of the TCT Team’. If you would like to know more Karen can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org