On 21st June, we held our Allotment Event. This event was organised to show our appreciation to Severn Trent Water who are our sponsors through the ST Community funding. This is where they help to launch new projects for Charities and Community groups. In addition, it showcased what the children have been participating in during after school activities. At the event, Severn Trent Water, could see all the work that has been put into the allotment and how their funding is being invested into something special for the children. Their funding can go a long way as it helps to pay for all costs such as the equipment, materials, plants, seeds etc.
Last week was the May Half Term holidays for the children. Over the week, there were several trips planned each day and the feedback and response we received was phenomenal! Monday we had planned to go to Telford Wrekin, however, as it is all outdoors, and the weather wasn't on our side, with rain all day it meant unfortunately we had to cancel the event.
On the brighter side of things, the rest of the week went as planned, and on Tuesday the activity was the Cinemas. The children watched Boonie Bears and they had a fantastic time, and it was a relaxing activity rather than the physical activities they normally do.
Moreover, on Wednesday and Thursday, the event was totally different, as the children went Camping at Beaudesert Activity Centre overnight. This for some children was their first experience and with doubts how they will cope, we are pleased to say that all children stayed the full day and night, and participated in an activity, Monkey Trees, the following morning. This came as a surprise for some parents who were worried how their children would react being away for the night, but they fought through and for some overcame a fear that they had. Whilst at camping, the children had the experience of putting up their tents which helped their team work, then blowing up their air beds for the night and even had a relaxing evening BBQ with great food and company with their peers. I can definitely say that the hot dogs went down a treat!
Furthermore, Friday’s trip was to Waterworld in Stoke, which is an indoor tropical water park with slides and pools. This activity was a hit as each child loved it there and wished they could stay longer, even after being there half a day! This day probably was the best in the children's opinion and they definitely would like to go back in the future! Due to privacy reasons, we couldn't take any pictures whilst at Waterworld, but we assure you the children loved it!
Overall, the holiday club week was an incredible experience as no 2 days were the same! Each day the activities varied using a range of skills for the children and as well as having relaxed days, they had a fun day at Waterworld.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next set of activities in the summer holidays!
Last friday, the after school trip was to Telford Ice Rink. This trip was thoroughly enjoyed by the children who always pounce for the opportunity to go there again. This event was fantastic and all the children had a great time. Again, the club provides an exciting environment for the children to have a change of scenery and meet their friends. Ice Skating gives the children confidence too when skating as some children are scared or don't know how to skate, but with the practice and that reassurance, they succeed and enjoy the event. Again, the therapeutic staff give them the help and support they need whilst participating in the event which helps boost confidence and the morale of the children. Furthermore, this activity was different as not only is it fun, but you learn a skill that you probably didn't know you had before!
Within our After-school activities, last week the children visited Crystal Leisure Centre, where they had the opportunity to wind down at the end of the week and enjoy the swimming pool and slides. The overall response was outstanding and positive, all the children enjoyed themselves and it gave the opportunity for the children to build stronger relationships with one another. In addition, we had a new child join the club and they settled in with the group well and it was like they have known each other for years! This shows the friendships the children can build by meeting others at our after-school club! Unfortunately due to privacy reasons, we were unable to take any photographs of the children whilst they were there, however, they had a brilliant time!
Throughout the Easter Half Term, RUOE supported 192 children and their families.
Throughout December 2021, National Infrastructure Solutions, Excel Church and Foresters Friendly Society helped us feed our local community as well as supply low income families with Christmas hampers to help them through the holidays. National Infrastructure Solutions' toy drive allowed us to give gifts and hampers to local families and, in conjunction with Foresters Friendly Society, greatly helped us deliver turkeys to over 50 families.
A mother recovering from a brain aneurism received a hamper, two food parcels and toys for her children, donated by Excel Church. Another family, who had sadly lost their father to Covid-19, received toys and games from our hamper, along with two food parcels again provided by Excel Church, who also helped teenage parents in two homes within Wolverhampton.
We would like to thank each of these companies that helped us this Christmas season, as their help was instrumental in making a huge impact on local families over the Christmas holiday.
The past year has been a difficult time for us all, so we at RUOE would like to reflect on 2021 and remember the highs and lows of the year, and how we met the challenges the year presented.
We continued working alongside Wolves 4 Change to reduce youth gang involvement in the Wolverhampton area. In November, we held a session at The Regus Building to raise awareness for gang exploitation and county lines, a growing danger faced by young people in the UK.
This was the year we hosted our first coffee morning at Colton Hills Community School. These coffee mornings provide us with a chance to hear from the local community and what they think we could do to improve our services, as well as give parents an opportunity to have a chat and get to know us.
In August, RUOE was visited by Labour Party leader Keir Starmer while on a visit to Wolverhampton. While he was here, he learned what it is we do to keep local young people out of gangs, and he congratulated the company and its staff for their hard work.
Throughout the year, we continued to organise our holidays and activity clubs, as well as our other programmes such as confidence-building, sensory support and family support, dealing with each challenge the covid-19 pandemic presented and striving to deliver the best possible support.
RUOE has also helped more young workers find employment and develop their career skills this year, with several of our own staff being workers using the Kickstart Scheme to start careers in their chosen field. These workers would like to share their experiences with the company and what their time working with RUOE has taught them so far:
"Since joining RUOE I’ve learned how to work collaboratively alongside my colleagues. By valuing others' opinions and inputs into marketing projects and events, this has allowed me to become confident in myself at being a great team player and helped me develop a great partnership with everyone in my team." - Jasleen
"Whilst working at RUOE I have learned how to develop my organisational skills. RUOE has taught me how to manage and prioritise my weekly tasks, which has helped me to tackle my workload more efficiently. I have also developed practical workplace skills such as composing professional emails and working as a team on a shared task." - Thomas
"Joining RUOE I have been able to utilise my passion for drawing and art as well as cope with tight deadlines and manage my time effectively. Effectively managing my time has allowed me to cope under pressure whilst be creative; which are transferable skills I can take away with me. " - Josh
"Since joining RUOE I have been able to experience a new style of youth work, comparing my experiences to THE WAY YOUTH ZONE and scouts, being a part of this team has brought me closer to understanding autism and how better to deal or handle aggressive outbursts. RUOE has let me build different team relationships and has boosted my confidence more than I thought it could go.” - Chris
If you’d like to know more about what we have been up to this year, check out the blog on our website for updates, events and testimonials from young people: http://www.ruoereachandunite.org/blog
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Over the past 6 months RUOE has been able to recruit more than 5 staff through a Kickstart Scheme, a government funded programme.
At RUOE we aim to give young adults the chance to work on their skills, develop new ones and discover and work on their strengths and weaknesses to then help them get a guaranteed full time place here with us or elsewhere at the end of the programme.
"Since joining RUOE I’ve learned how to work collaboratively alongside my colleagues. By valuing others' opinions and inputs into marketing projects and events, this has allowed me to become confident in myself at being a great team player and helped me develop a great partnership with everyone in my team."
"Whilst working at RUOE I have learned how to develop my organisational skills. RUOE has taught me how to manage and prioritise my weekly tasks, which has helped me to tackle my workload more efficiently. I have also developed practical workplace skills such as composing professional emails and working as a team on a shared task."
After a very challenging two years, many families, youth hostels and shelters have been hit hard by financial struggles. This has made the festive season much harder, and many in the local community need help getting through the holidays.
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Many parents stated that the programme has helped their child become more confident, prone to less tantrums and overall they are much happier.