15 Jan

I’m very pleased to say that this has been one of those weeks where everything has come together and lots of hard work has finally paid off! Around 9 months ago, we held initial discussions to explore how we could offer a supported internship course for young people aged 19-25 who had left New Bridge and were capable of gaining employment with appropriate support. Our team worked tirelessly to develop a partnership with the Manchester College which allowed us to set up Future Finders, a franchise of the college in Oldham led by New Bridge staff. This initiative was supported by Oldham Council and we began the internship course in November with 5 young adults aged 21-22. On Monday those young people began full time work placements at Oldham Leisure Centre. I cannot begin to express how proud I am of our Future Finders students..

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They entered a working environment for the first time and, with a small amount of support, have all worked their way up to full time hours this week and are now working independently within roles across the leisure centre. The feedback from staff at Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has been absolutely fantastic and our young people have already proved themselves to be extremely valuable members of staff.

As I mentioned in my blog last week, we are looking at setting up working interviews for some of our Future Finders students and the head of HR at OCL has already approached me around encouraging some of our students to apply for paid positions that are coming up in the near future. Our hard work really has paid off and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in this process from New Bridge, Oldham Council and OCL. Partnership working really does work and is already having a huge impact on the lives of our students.

At New Bridge Horizons this week, our young people continued to access the community in a variety of activities. This morning’s Wheels for All session was cancelled due to the icy weather and instead a large number of young people went over to the Honeywell Centre and enjoyed a morning in the café and sports hall..

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Some of our young people have begun work on Valentines crafts this week, working with Board Maker and painting on paper. In the weeks ahead they will be working with wood and canvas paint crafts..

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Our admin group have completed another big job for the hospital this week, labelling flyers to go out across the Trust’s Manchester hospitals. Work is coming in thick and fast for this group, they are definitely victims of their own success!

I am hoping to have more information for you in next week’s blog about our move to Medtia Square. We are expecting to take over the building within the next week or so and will, of course, keep you updated around transition and plans to move to the building full time.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Many thanks,

Daniel Wood
Future Finders Manager

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