11 Mar

Welcome to our extended blog which now covers all elements of Medtia Square. I will not only be updating you weekly on what is going on at New Bridge Horizons and Future Finders but I will also be giving you an insight into the work of our two pathways who are based here, Lumenus (Performing Arts) and Digit4ll (ICT). We are really getting settled into our new campus and the building has been buzzing this week with lots of exciting activities.

Horizons have had another fantastic week and Emma’s group particularly enjoyed their first ever visit to Sainsbury’s on Wednesday to do some shopping for a cooking session. The young people coped really well within this busy environment and enjoyed the experience..

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This will become a weekly visit and is a fantastic experience as part of our living skills provision. The group have also accessed swimming sessions, dance sessions and Wheels for All and they have enjoyed the much improved weather whilst being out in the community!

Our admin group took on a huge challenge this week and have been on an historic journey, preparing a display for New Bridge School. They were tasked with creating a mural that would show a brief snapshot of history throughout the centuries going back to Roman times but I have told them that they mustn’t include a picture of Mr Quinn!!

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The young people have worked brilliantly as a team and have really enjoyed the experience of creating this display. They have a bit of work to do yet but as you can see, it is already looking fab..

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I will look forward to sharing the finished result with you next week!

Jeff’s group have also had an enjoyable week and have spent lots of time out in the community. They are really enjoying the freedom that our new building gives them and they are particularly enjoying their new outdoor sessions at Alexandra Park..

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As I mentioned last week, some of our young people at Horizons are making the most of our location and are going out independently for their lunch. We have sent permission letters home this week regarding independent visits, please return them to Bridget in reception as soon as possible.

Our Future Finders have had another busy week at work and have also attended their review meetings this week. It has been so enjoyable to feedback to families on how well this group of young people are doing! We have been collectively looking at destinations following on from our course and this week a third employer has come on board, who wants to look at a long term volunteering opportunity for one of our students. We are hopeful that 100% of this year’s Future Finders cohort will move on to paid employment or long term volunteering – as always, I will keep you posted on their progress.

A special mention this week goes to Reece, who is on placement as a primary teaching assistant at Hollinwood Academy. Once again, Reece has proved that he can adapt to any situation and that he has the required skills and patience to deal with a wide range of young people. We have had amazing feedback on his work this week and, again, we are hopeful of employment for him before the end of the academic year.

On Thursday our Lumenus and Digit4ll students spent their first day at Medtia Square. It is safe to say that they absolutely loved the new building and had a brilliant day making the most of our new facilities. Thursday was the national BBC News School Report Day and our students spent the day writing, performing, filming and editing a local news report – it really is very impressive and features a very handsome (and extremely modest) guest star as you can see..

It was also extremely exciting to see our new green screen equipment being used! Earlier this year, Mr Bright, Head of ICT was successful in gaining a valuable grant from the Ian Karten Charitable Trust to create a new digital media enterprise at Medtia Square. The equipment has been installed this week and the facilities really are out of this world. Our young people are now able to film and edit HD films and we are hoping to be able to offer our services to businesses across Oldham. Have a look at some of the kit that we have in these photos from BBC News Report day…

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Another huge thank you to our ICT technicians who have worked tirelessly yet again this week to get the Digit4ll space ready for our young people.

I will finish this week by telling you about a new group that we are looking to host at Medtia Square. Earlier today I was visited by an old student, Peter, who has just turned 26 and is living independently. Peter is really keen to lead a social group for past students aged 25+ with the support of his PA, Carl. We are really keen to support this and think that it is a fantastic opportunity for some of our past students who may have limited opportunities to socialise with their peers to get together and look at ways that they can create more opportunities for socialising, volunteering and, if appropriate, working. I will keep you posted via this blog with the details of our first meeting. In the meantime, if you are interested in attending or know someone who might be, feel free to email me: dwood@newbridgegroup.org

On that note, I will wish you all a fantastic weekend. Unfortunately I haven’t got any exciting plans to report for this weekend. I was, however, one of the lucky ones who got to see Adele this week! If you are going this evening, you are in for a treat!

Many thanks,

Daniel Wood
Future Finders Manager

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