04 Mar

Hello to you all from a very snowy Medtia Square! As I sit here writing this blog, many of our young people are outside enjoying the snow..

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They must be mad, I am quite happy in my very warm office!

This week has been one of my most memorable since I started working at New Bridge over ten years ago. Our move into Medtia Square has gone smoothly and our young people are extremely happy with their new base. They are literally bouncing around the building with huge smiles on their faces and our staff have worked extremely hard to ensure a smooth and stress-free transition for all.

I want to begin this week’s blog by sharing some of the exciting activities that Jeff’s group have been participating in this week. They have settled in to their new room really well…in my opinion it is the nicest room in the building with amazing views of Oldham and the surrounding areas. This became a popular spot on Wednesday when we had snow and thunder! Here are a few pictures for you to see for yourself..

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The group have been familiarising themselves with our new building and getting to grips with the lift, as well as working on Mother’s Day cards in their arts and craft sessions this week..

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and exploring our new local area…which naturally involved checking out Sainsbury’s café..

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The young people have enjoyed a walk to the park from our new base and played a game of football – it was a little chilly but the exercise kept them nice and warm!

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They have also accessed their usual sessions at Wheels for All and tried out our new dance studio space for their dance classes..

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Our employability and admin groups have really made the most of their new town centre base. It has been so nice to see the young people gaining more independence and going out into Oldham for lunch with their peers. They absolutely love the freedom that this building allows them and they have also enjoyed numerous visits out into the community as a group, including visiting Spindles and Sainsbury’s, again to familiarise themselves with the local area.

Emma’s group this week have accessed Wheels for All and visited local parks and cafes. They also love their new base and they have settled in remarkably well. For the first time, the group are all based in the same space with rooms leading off from the main room for those young people who may need time out from the main group…

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Emma’s group have enjoyed the dance sessions in our new space which offers a great opportunity to join in an activity with other groups from across the building, and their messy cooking sessions with chocolate were a real hit..

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Most families will have been invited into Medtia this week to meet Carl Wells from Sica Support. Carl runs a brokerage service and is now in charge of dealing with all direct payments for New Bridge Horizons. If you have any questions or queries relating to this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Carl by emailing info@sicasupport.co.uk or by phoning 01274 454150. There are also some flyers with further information available at the Medtia reception desk.

Our Future Finders have returned to their placements this week and were very pleased to welcome Donna Lewis, Transitions Manager for Oldham Council, on Tuesday when she visited them on their placements. Donna and the council have played a huge part in getting our Future Finders course off the ground and we were thrilled to share our successes with her. Donna was particularly impressed with students based at Oldham Community Leisure who were all working independently across a range of departments during her visit.

Yesterday, we held our first steering group meeting for Future Finders. This is where all the partners come together to review how the project is going and to look at how our students are progressing and what opportunities may be coming up for paid employment. This meeting was attended by representatives from OCL, Oldham Council, Future Finders and Manchester College. Again, I am thrilled to say that each of the project partners was extremely happy with the progress that our young people are making and two employers have shown a keen interest in offering paid employment to our interns. As Future Finders manager, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the staff and organisations involved in making this project work. It really is having a huge impact on the lives of our young people and is allowing them the opportunity to begin their working lives as they enter adulthood. Here is a preview of the new classroom base for our Future Finders which they absolutely LOVE!!!

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As I mentioned in my blog last week, if you would still like to come up to Medtia Square to have a look around the building, please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or John Holland. Here are the final pictures from our old centre on Broadway Street – goodbye, Horizons House!

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And so to end this week… I’d like to wish you all a safe and happy weekend in the snow! I am hopeful that the snow won’t have reached Blackpool as I have a day planned on the pleasure beach tomorrow – wish me luck!!

Many thanks,

Daniel Wood
Future Finders Manager

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