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
If you are interested in our services specifically for schools, check out our programmes here: https://www.ruoereachandunite.org/school-services.html
Click here for our services for stakeholders: https://www.ruoereachandunite.org/holiday-clubs.html
If you are a parent who would like to know more about our programmes, find out more here: https://www.ruoereachandunite.org/our-programmes.html
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.
On October 26th 2021 we held a coffee morning for the parents, careers and professionals.
We used this as an opportunity to find out what our local community needs and how our service can better implement the thoughts and ideas of our guests. Our two guest speakers shared their life stories about growing up in care and as a child with challenging behaviours.
Parents stated that, since being with RUOE, their kids have come along way, becoming more confident, understanding and explaining their needs better, becoming less anxious and crying less. They recommended that we offer more funded places at after school club, not just on the holiday clubs.
In August of 2021, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer met with RUOE founding director Dominique Williams, whom he described as "one of my heroes". During his visit, he learned what it is RUOE does to help keep young people out of gangs, and congratulated the company on our intervention programme and the dedicated staff behind it.
Click here for more information on Keir Starmer's visit.
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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.