Skills Training Virtual Open Day

Skills Training would like to invite you to the Virtual Open Day which will take place on Tuesday 13th April at 2:00 till-4:00.  During the Open Day, you will all have an opportunity to find out more about various support we have on offer, meet the staff, and ask questions.

The link below will allow you to be a guest in our Open Day, via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://skillstraininguk.zoom.us/j/92552742965?pwd=KytNYXJrSzA2VCtNTXpBMHQ5K2tzZz09

Please, feel free to invite your friends and family members so they can get an insight into the training and support we provide. Remember, you will receive £50 for each friend that you refer to us, and it’s always great to have a buddy on the course!

for more information visit Apprenticeships Training Provider | Skills Training UK or contact Trevor Campbell on 01384259501

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year’s theme is Express Yourself.

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Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

The Children’s Mental Health website has lots of free resources that will help children and young people to explore what it means to Express Yourself. All of the ideas can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. 

You can get more information from a Place2B which is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

Young Covid Health Champions

Dudley Young Health Champions and Healthwatch Dudley are working in partnership with DMBC Public Health to roll out a ‘Young Covid Health Champions’ initiative. The project is not only supporting attempts to end this Pandemic, but also providing young people with much needed opportunities to volunteer and develop their skills during times of restrictions and lock down.  The aim of the project is to ensure that accurate and helpful information on the Pandemic reaches the general public. Young people that sign up are provided with an interactive, online information session on what the role of a Young Covid Champion involves. Young Covid Champions will then be provided with up to date, accurate information on advice from central government and public health that you will be asked to promote on social media, friends and family. In addition young people are a group that have been massively affected in terms of mental health and to support positive mental well-being, DYHC will be providing YCC with information and support that they can signpost peers to, for example the Izone Website (www.izone.org.uk).

We are running two Young Covid Health Champion information sessions for young people on:

Thursday 4th February 6-7pm and Thursday 11th February 6-7pm – if you would like to join either sessions us please email me stating which session you would like to join to fayehall@dudleycvs.org.uk with your:

  • Name
  • DOB
  • Postcode
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability (yes or no)

Exciting, Free, Virtual activities for young people!

St Thomas’s Community Association are delivering some really great, fun, creative activities during February for young people aged 11-25, from photography and film making to theatre, dance and Henna painting! There’s something for everyone!  The programme will run over 6-8 week period. Below are the activities for week one.

Monday 1 February

Film Making 4:30pm-6pm

Urban Fusion (Over 16’s) 6:30pm-7pm

Tuesday 2 February

The Art Room (Over 16) 4:30pm-5:30pm

Urban Fusion (11-16 year olds) 6pm-7pm

Wednesday 3 February

Photography (11-16 year olds) 4:30pm-5:30pm

Photography (over 16) 5:45pm-6:45pm

Urban Fusion Dance (over 16) 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday 4 February

Creative Hub (11-16 year olds) 4:30pm-5:30pm

Quiz night (Over 16) 7pm-8pm

Friday 5 February

Open Mic (11-15 year olds) 5pm-6pm

Open Mic (16+) 6pm – 7pm

Saturday 6 Feb

Gather and Grow (11-16 year olds) 10am-11am

Youth theatre (11-16 Year olds) 11am-12noon

Henna Hand Painting (17-25 year olds) 1pm-2:30pm

Sunday 7 February

Youth Theatre (17-25 year olds) 11am-12noon

To sign up for any of the sessions email stthomasca@outlook.com or call 07957 683696. Follow (5) St Thomas’s Community Association (Sledmere Centre) | Facebook for more information!

Reducing Parental Conflict Training

DMBC are offering some ‘Reducing Parental Conflict Training’ to anyone working with parents in the Dudley borough. These courses are being delivered by Knowledge Pool and offer 3 different module levels. The information in the attached document outlines each level, you can complete one or all three modules, there is a max of 20 people per course. You should complete module 1 before attending 2 etc.

There are a number of different dates as outlined below. All modules are delivered online between 9:30 to 12:30 pm.

Module 1: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reducing-parental-conflict-training-module-1-tickets-136813991331

20th  January – Mod 1

22nd February – Mod 1

Module 2: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reducing-parental-conflict-training-module-2-tickets-136822083535

21st  January  – Mod 2  

4th February – Mod 2  

23rd February – Mod 2  

11th March – Mod 2  

Module 3: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reducing-parental-conflict-training-module-3-tickets-136824322231

29th  January  – Mod 3

5th February – Mod 3

24th February – Mod 3 

12th March – Mod 3

If you would like to book onto one of the dates outlined above please use the link to Eventbrite. Once booked, Knowledge Pool will share the course log on details.

Please ensure you have permission from your manager before booking on the course.

If you require further information about the course or you have a whole staff team that would like to take up the offer please email innovation.fund@dudley.gov.uk or call Leanne Whitehouse on 01384 816260.

Food and Fuel Support for Families

There is lots of help and support available to help families in crisis who have no access to fuel or food over the next six weeks. Here are just a few things that may help.

Families on low income who are entitled to free school meals will receive £30 vouchers per child directly from school.  If you have a technical issue regarding the vouchers you should contact the number of the voucher company or speak to your school.

Families who are not in receipt of benefit but who find themselves in crisis as a result of furlough or zero hours contracts etc. should contact their local family centres who have a system in place to assess personal circumstances.

Dudley North Family Centre, Bayer St, Coseley, Bilston WV14 9DS 01384 813096

Dudley Central Family Centre, Selborne Road, DY2 8LJ 01384 812 440

Brierley Hill Family Centre, Parkes Street, DY5 3DY 01384 813322

Stourbridge Family Centre, Forge Road, DY8 1XF 01384 818780

Halesowen Family Centre, Lye By-Pass, DY9 8HT 01384 813954

If a family irrelevant of whether they receive benefits or not have metered fuel and cannot afford to top it up over Christmas they should call the Winter Warmth Team on 01384 817086

Families who are having difficulty paying fuel bills should contact

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/household-gas-and-electricity-guide/extra-help-energy-services

Organisations that can help families in crisis.

Black Country Foodbank will be open for emergencies over the Christmas period. Visit www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/locations/ to find the nearest places you can collect foodbank parcels from or call 01384 671250 to talk to someone who can help.

Asda Café Kids meals for free throughout December – Please follow this link to find out more https://corporate.asda.com/newsroom/2020/11/30/kids-can-eat-free-in-asda-cafes-throughout-december

St Thomas’s Community Association have set up a new foodbank at the Sledmere Community Centre. If you are struggling financially and require a food parcel you can collect one in person from the foodbank at; Sledmere Community Centre, The School Drive (off Buffery Road), Dudley, DY2 8EH.

The opening times are every Wednesday from 5pm – 7pm and Sundays from 11am -1.00pm. It will also be open over the Chirstmas period.

If you are unable to leave the house or collect in person the foodbank can arrange delivery, where prior notice is given. Please email stthomasca@outlook.com or call 07957 683696

Heaven’s Kitchen Based in the The Lighthouse Centre, Salop Street, Dudley, DY1 3AT provide a three course meal every Monday evening at 7pm and a cooked breakfast every Saturday morning from 10:00am call for more information 01384 239222

Champions Church, Netherton provide a hot food delivery service for those in need every Tuesday at 7pm contact kitchen@championschurch.org.uk or call 01384 242455

High Oak Youth and Community Centre run a community kitchen project that feed families in need on a Wednesday 10-2pm. They are based at 34 High Oak, Pensnett, Dudley, Brierley Hill DY5 4LA call 07982 428831 for more information.

Gather Dudley CIC based in the Churchill Shopping Centre, run a pay it forward scheme Monday to Saturday. If you are struggling to feed your family you can use the scheme. They also run a fair share food scheme on a Saturday morning where people can take away surplus free food that’s available. Visit www.facebook.com/gatherdudleycic/ or call 07375 084536 to find out more.

Black Country Well Being Centre based in Vale Street, Upper Gornal, DY3 3XF are providing hot meals for people in need on Thursdays and Fridays. They also run a foodbank on a Saturday Visit www.facebook.com/Black-Country-Wellbeing-Centre-214643865809630 or call 07501 827334

Life Central Church, Owen House, Little Cornbow, Halesowen, B63 3AJ provide Fortnightly hot meals for families in Crisis contact 0121 501 3542 for more information

Harry’s café part of Top Church Training in Brierley Hill can help support families in crisis visit Top Church Training Brierley Hill | Facebook for more information

Emergency Contacts

Children’s and adult care services emergency duty team 0300 555 8574

Emergency housing repairs 0300 555 8283

Callpay 0300 555 7000

Dudley Council plus 0300 555 2345

For further details follow this link

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/xmasopeningtimes

Community groups toolkit – meeting safely

Dudley MBC are inviting community group leaders to join us for a webinar to see how and if groups are able to meet safely under the new Government Coronavirus guidelines. This webinar is specifically for those working in community settings or running community groups in Dudley Borough.

To support groups, the Dudley Public Health Team have developed a toolkit which we will share with you at the webinar and discuss how the checklist and resources can be used to support you and your group.

The link to the current checklist is available via the following link. This checklist reflects tier 1 / medium risk guidance only:

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus-communities

This webinar will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. You will receive the invite in due course. For further details and to book a place, please follow this link: https://community-meeting-safely.eventbrite.co.uk

Child Food Poverty – Help this half term.

We know that things are tough at the moment, luckily we have some amazing organisations and business that are rising to the challenge and offering help and support. Here are a few we know about across Dudley Borough – Please comment and add more if you are aware of them. Lets get the message out and ensure no child in Dudley goes hungry.

Harry’s Café – High Street Brierley Hill parents have to say “Harrys Helpers” to staff – Monday -Friday Sit in or take away https://www.facebook.com/HarrysCafe65

The Lighthouse Cafe and Heaven’s Kitchen at Dudley Community Church in Salop Street, Eve Hill Dudley https://www.facebook.com/dccheavenskitchen/
  

Heaven’s Kitchen runs on a Monday Night 6 – 7 and is for those who are homeless, vulnerable or in need due to circumstance and they can get a free hot meal.  For This Week Only they are also operating a Grab and Go service on a Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon where a grab bag of cold food is provided to take away.  After this week it will operate on a Tuesday and Friday at 12 noon.

The Lighthouse Cafe is a newly opened cafe which does charge for meals, HOWEVER if anyone has a family that is in need, they can speak to Jeanette, the manager, and they will be provided with food.  The cafe this week will be open every day 9.30 – 2pm.  After this week the cafe will open 11 – 4 Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday and 10 – 2 on a Saturday.

 Champion’s Church, Netherton – https://www.championschurch.org.uk/community/

deliver around 300 meals every week to families on a Tuesday

Living Hope Church – are delivering around 250 meals to families in Russell’s Hall and the surrounding areas during this week info@livinghopechurch.org.uk / 07866 589 888

Black Country Wellbeing Centre – Gornal deliver meals on a Friday https://www.facebook.com/Black-Country-Wellbeing-Centre

High Oaks Community Centre, Brierley Hill do food collection on a Wednesday https://www.highoak-youth.com/projects/community-projects/

Revival Fires provide food parcels for families https://www.facebook.com/revivalfiresdudley/

Lunch on the Run are doing collection 10-2 you have to email them at enquiries@lunchontherun.co.uk or through their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lunchontherun

Loaves and fishes high street Dudley do a community foodbank https://www.loavesnfishes.co.uk/our-work/foodbank/

St Thomas’s Community Association We have decided in a short space of time that we will provide packed lunches to children in the area during this October half term.  You will be able to pick up a packed lunch from Sledmere Community Centre, The School Drive (off Buffery Road), Dudley, DY2 8EH. The centre is on the left before the main school gates. You will be able to pick up the pack lunch between 11.00am and 12.00 noon. To help us prepare the right number of lunches please email stthomasca@outlook.com or message us directly

Dreamers Distillery Bar https://www.facebook.com/dreamersdistillerybar/ on the waterfront Although we only open Thursday-Sunday currently, we want to do our bit, and will be offering this free Kids Lunch throughout half term. No purchase necessary, just ask for the Kids Lunch when you arrive… and bring your Kid

 Taste from India Pensnett during the half term holiday, Free kids meals shall be available

Tuesday – Wednesday- Friday 11:30am – 1:30pm. 1 meal per child.

Please message us the night before if you require a meal for your child/ children.

As our delivery drivers shall be in their day time jobs, we are looking for volunteer delivery drivers, please message if you can help Delivery area shall be within 3 miles of dy54hy only, sorry for any inconvenience. https://www.facebook.com/tastefromindia2020/

Mick’s Caribbean is supporting kids across Dudley this half term between 12-3pm. 179 Wolverhampton Street, DY1 3AD

 Gather Café Dudley  – free food is available every Saturday 9am-2pm! Working with FareShare and Tesco Dudley, Bring a bag, sanitise your hands and help yourself. Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. They also run a pay it forward scheme https://www.facebook.com/gatherdudleycic

Nemo’s Fish and Chips 14 Lake Street Lower Gornal DY3 2AU – message their facebook page and collect between 4-5pm https://www.facebook.com/NemosFishChips/

Fiddlesticks https://www.facebook.com/fiddlesticksCoffeeHouse/posts/174910734247949 

Fiddlesticks will offer the following to those who are entitled to FREE SCHOOL MEALS

(must have a letter, voucher or card proving your entitled)

We will provide children from 4yrs – 16 years , which is school ages. A lunch pack to take away, this will include a sandwich (ham/cheese) a pack of crisps, a fiddlesticks cookie. This will be done via a prebook system via the page ONLY. They also run a pay it forward

The Britannia Sports Bar  Stourbridge, working with Splish & Splosh Messy Play will feed any child in the area that needs a Hot Meal, Nuggets, Chips & Beans (im not a great cook but i can manage that) Monday to Friday of the school holiday next week.

Upper Crust Halesowen https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=146210677221460&id=100327715143090 Free cheese or ham sandwich and a piece of fruit at my shop over half term for any child entitled to a free school meal and in need. Upper Crust, 2 Manor Lane, Halesowen, B62 8BY. If anyone would prefer to phone the order through rather than ask in the shop please call 0121 422 5151. No child should go hungry

Wollaston Fish Bar Kids Eat FreeMONDAY THE 26TH – FRIDAY THE 30TH 12pm – 2pm

https://www.facebook.com/merchantsstourbridge/posts/1479522845589068 Merchants Stourbridge Kids eat freeMONDAY THE 26TH – THURSDAY THE 29TH 12pm – 3pm

The Backyard café  1 Charterfield Shopping Centre Charterfield Drive, Kingswinford DY6 7SH

From Wednesday 28th October until Sunday 1st November we will provide any children that need it a free packed lunch. All we ask is that you notify us by email at thebackyardcafe@outlook.com by 2pm the day before.

Lutley Oak Halesowen – you can collect take away meals free of charge from Wednesday 28th October – Friday 6th November 12pm-7pm for more information call 0121 550 3280

Google Map #AllKidsMatter 📍https://t.co/CyK4R7sKFh https://t.co/Ce9AyZSOtW

www.helpoutwhenschoolsout.co.uk 

www.allofustogether.uk free meals for kids during holidays

Invitation from Skills Training

Friday 16th October 2020 09:30 – 15:30

You are invited to come along to our Dudley Centre to meet the staff and get to hear our exciting opportunities for our Vocational BTEC Qualifications to support 16-18-year olds into Employment, Apprenticeships and Further Education. You will get the opportunity to have a guided tour of the centre and to get the insights into our blended learning via our online Moodle platforms. Meet our Mentors to see how we can support your client’s journey on programme through our My Mind programme and you will have the opportunity to meet our current learners on programme and hear first hand on how they are finding the programme

To comply with Government guidance and as a COVID safe employee you are asked to email

trevorcampbell@skillstraininguk.com To book a half hour visit as will be restricting visits to just 2 people at a time. Once you arrive we will explain our COVID procedures, take your temperature and ask you to record your visit for test and trace purposes.

Please do not let the above deter you from visiting us and observing our learners in action.  A warm welcome and a coffee and biscuits await.

Incentives and Progression

As you progress, there will be ‘milestones’ which will trigger incentive and

reward payments.

To ensure you are able to receive these you must:

● Maintain 95% attendance and punctuality.

● Be on track to achieve all qualification(s), as determined by your Tutor.

● Have provided the details of a bank account held in your own name.

Incentive Structure

At the end of Week 7 (if all eligibility criteria met) = payment of £50

Mid-point in programme (if all eligibility criteria met) = payment of £50

On or after Planned End Date of course (if eligibility criteria met) = payment of £100

Further payments of £25 will be triggered when the following qualifications are passed

and achieved at a minimum of Pass grade: Vocational qualification, English, maths


Bursary

You may be eligible for a weekly bursary depending on your personal

circumstances. These might include the following criteria:

● Be currently under the care of the Local Authority, or a recent care leaver.

● Be receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit (in your own name)

because you are financially supporting yourself.

● Be receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own

right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right

Young people support & stress helplines

Let’s face it, this year has been full of challenges and changes and we are not out of the woods yet. We thought it might be helpful for you to have a range of young peoples support and helpline information available to help with exam stress, next steps, back to school worries, anxiety and mental health issues, embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that young people may have!

Childline – Helpline: 0800 1111

childline.org.uk

Coping with exam results

Back to school time

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.  You can contact ChildLine in these ways:  You can phone  on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.

The Mix – Helpline:  0808 808 4994

themix.org.uk

Coping with anxiety about school and exams

Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.  We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.  We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phoneemailpeer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands.

Young Minds  – Parent’s Helpline:  0808 802 5544

youngminds.org.uk

Supporting a child returning to school after lockdown

National charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people, their Parents Information Service provides information and advice for any adult with concerns about a child or young person.

Youth Access

youthaccess.org.uk

YIACS provides a holistic response to young people’s social, emotional and mental health needs through a range of services provided ‘under one roof’, including social welfare advice, advocacy, counselling, health clinics, community education and personal support. Our members respond to over one million enquiries a year on a diverse range of issues, including homelessness, benefits, debt, mental health, sexual health and relationships.

Kooth.com

kooth.com

Kooth.com is an online counselling service that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems.  Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.

Student Minds

studentminds.org.uk

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. We empower students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others through our national network of university groups.

Students Against Depression

studentsagainstdepression.org 

I feel anxious

Students Against Depression provides you with the resources you need to find a way forward from stress, low mood, depression or suicidal thinking.

Nightline

nightline.ac.uk

Find My Nightline

Nightlines provide emotional support to university students in distress. Now operating at over 90 universities and colleges, each individual Nightline is run by students for students at their university.  Nightline is confidential and anonymous;.

Papyrus – HOPELINEUK – 0800 068 4141

papyrus-uk.org

I’m worried about someone

Support for anyone under 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

The Samaritans – Call 116 123

samaritans.org

Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to help 24 hours a day.  We won’t judge you and we won’t share what you tell us with anyone else.  Get in touch by telephone, email, letter and face to face in the UK and Ireland.

No Panic

nopanic.org.uk

Youth Hub

Aims are to aid the relief and rehabilitation of those people suffering from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, other related Anxiety Disorders, including Tranquilliser & Drug Withdrawal, and to provide support to sufferers and their families and or carers.

 Smiling Mind App

Smiling Mind offers a unique web and app-based tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.  Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.

Other links you may find useful

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/

https://www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/top-tips-for-returning-to-school-after-lockdown/

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/supporting-a-child-returning-to-school-after-lockdown/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/returning-school-after-lockdown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNTHB_zWGdA

https://www.youthaccess.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub/covid-19-resource-hub