Friends for Life Session at Warley Town School

As part of National Safeguarding Week Project _Twelve:31  visited  Warley Town Primary School with partners from PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation )and West Yorkshire Police to deliver a session around child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety.

Headteacher Anne Stead said she was looking for something a bit different and the ‘Friend for Life’ session seemed like a fun and interactive way to bring together parents, children and teachers to talk about this challenging subject.

A Friend for Life is someone you trust like a parent or teacher and discussions took place between the children and adults around who is a safe or unsafe person and the dangers of revealing too much information on social media.

CSE perpetrators can come from all backgrounds and ages or genders, even older young people, and children can be sexually exploited by an individual or by a group of people connected through formal networks or more informal friendship groups and families.

Children may find it hard to judge strangers they meet in person, and it’s even harder when children use social media as people may not be who they say they are.  Parents should try to keep up-to-date with the apps their kids are using and what it is that these apps do and they should monitor Internet usage to ensure their interactions are only with real-life friends.

Bullying doesn’t just happen in the playground. Cyberbullying involves digital technology like mobile phones and computers and it can be more difficult to stop than physical bullying because it’s hidden. Social media can be a hub for cyberbullying and questionable activities. Without meaning to, kids can share more online than they should and families talked together about the dangers of cyberbullying and how to stay safe online by not sharing locations, and being careful about what they do post online as usually it can’t be taken back once it’s posted.

Maggie said “ I found that the  interactive approach was great for the children to understand and the content was pitched correctly for the young audience which quickly got the children on board with the very good informative session “

Shaun said “ The subject matter was difficult to deliver to such a young audience, however it was done well and I would encourage others to attend similar sessions with their children“

For more information about the session, please contact karen@ovenden-initiative.org.uk

For support around CSE or online safety, please visit https://paceuk.info/for-parents/

Positive Partnership Work Between Groups

On the morning of Tuesday 18 June 2019 the Warley Road Junior School Wardens teamed up with the Friends of West View Park and the CMBC Community Wardens to carry out a litter pick of West View Park and surrounding streets.

Thanks to some decent weather 8 large bags of rubbish was collected so a big well done to all involved.

Community wardens have regular sessions with the Junior Wardens from Warley Road Junior school. From such sessions the children will get an understanding of the importance of keeping our parks clean and tidy for everyone in the community to enjoy. It is hoped that the children will then pass this message onto their friends and family.

The community wardens are planning further fun and educational projects with the children.

 

Apprenticeships Jobs Fair at Calderdale College

Don’t miss out!

The Apprenticeships Job Fair at Calderdale College is on Wednesday 26 June 2019, 1:00pm-7:00pm!

Are you looking to begin your career with an apprenticeship? The Apprenticeship Job Fair is the perfect opportunity to get in front of employers that are looking for someone just like you to join their team!

There will be real live apprenticeship vacancies that you can apply for on the day. Plus, you can discuss future career opportunities and plan your studies with Calderdale College.

Go along and get an insight into life as an apprentice, receive help on things like your CV and interview techniques and ask any questions on apprenticeships that you might have.

New Youth Group – With No Name! at Lee Mount Baptist Church

[Click on image to enlarge]

A new youth group, ‘The Group With No Name’ has recently started at Lee Mount Baptist Church, 18 Melbourne Street HX3 5DF meeting on Friday 28 June 2019, 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Other meetings will be on 12 July and 26 July at the same times as above.

The group is in its infancy, and is best suited to school years 6/7 as they are leaving or have left recently their local junior school and may wish to retain their local connections via this group. They do though have one year 9 attendee.

For more information contact Sharon Tyler-McDonnell on 07871 910300.

Get Started with Boxing

[Click image to enlarge]

Are you 16-25? Want to learn new skills?

There is a Taster Day about boxing on Monday 8 July 2019.

The actual Course Dates are from 15 July to 19 July 2019.

At Halifax Fire Station you will meet new people and improve your skills by working on a group challenges as well as learning how to deliver a training session.

Not only will it help you discover new talents, but you could also secure a qualification and benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

The course is free and all boxing is non-contact. On the course you will:

  • Gain an introduction into coaching, pad work and nutrition
  • Improve confidence and communication
  • Workout with local professional boxers and sports coaches
  • Spend the week in a fire station with fire fighters and get to use some of the equipment

Travel expenses will be paid on programme and you’ll receive a free T-shirt.

It will not affect your benefits and you will have up to three months support from the Prince’s Trust.

To join the course or find out more:

  • Search ‘Prince’s Trust
  • Text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385418
  • Call for free on 0800 842842

Summer Camp 2019 at Forest Cottage

The 2019 Summer Camp will run Tuesday to Thursday,  23 July to 8 August and is focussed around coaching/learning new skills for boys and girls aged 5-11. It will berun by an FA qualified coach who has been coaching for 6 years and also has 16 years experience of working with children in an educational setting.

The cost is £13 per day for an 8:45am drop off and 4:00pm pick up from Forest Cottage, Ovenden HX2 8AD.

Lunch and refreshments aren’t available so please provide a packed lunch.

For enquiries and bookings email TheYouthSystem@hotmail.com or follow them on Instagram.

Healthwatch Calderdale Survey of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Healthwatch Calderdale is working on a project to source the views of people with experiences of local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

They have been working with families on a one-to-one basis and are now seeking further views on the services for children displaying signs of autistic spectrum condition (ASC), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Healthwatch believes that in sharing your experiences, anonymously, they can help make a positive difference. They will share these stories with the CAMHS service provider and the commissioner (Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group), to ensure people’s voices are heard, highlighting the issues raised and making recommendations for positive change.

To have your say please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CAMHS
If you have any questions please contact Joanne Douglas at Healthwatch Calderdale via joanne.douglas@healthwatchcalderdale.co.uk