29 Apr

Is it really Friday again? More importantly, is it really snowing again??!! I thought the days of posting pictures of our young people building snowmen were well and truly over but looking out of the window here at Medtia, it could be happening again this afternoon!

Medtia Square continues to be a hive of activity and it has been a great week for our Future Finders. We are now getting to the stage in the year where we have to start thinking about what comes next. Our fantastic team of job coaches are working extremely hard to support our students in their chosen pathways for September. These include a mixture of working interviews for paid employment and supporting our students into independent volunteering opportunities that they can continue to access when they leave us in the summer. Sheroz and Adam are now getting really skilled at their work with Oldham Foodbank..

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They are becoming invaluable volunteers as they label and prepare food for distribution..

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A special mention this week to Alice, our Future Finder who is based at the Oldham Coliseum..

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Alice continues to develop new skills and is extremely valued by her team at the theatre. It really is a partnership made in heaven so a big thank you to the amazing staff at the Coliseum and to Alice who continues to shine..

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Over at the Learning Centre this week, Jeanette’s group have been preparing for the Olympic Games during their art sessions. Not only have they been busy constructing their own plane..

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..they have even set up an airline to make sure they can get over to Brazil..

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I think Horizons manager John is particularly excited about this, as he has volunteered to be the pilot!

The group are also continuing to enjoy hydrotherapy and rebound therapy..

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.. and their new ball pool area is proving to be very popular..

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Emma’s group have had a great week out in the community with all their visits to Oldham library, local cafés, Sainsbury’s, the Spindles and Wheels for All. They have also been busy creating a new display for their room and working really well as a team, as you can see..

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Watch out for the end result in next week’s blog! The group are looking forward to starting their new weekly visits to the VIP project (Vegetables in the Park) at Waterhead Park where they will be participating in gardening and growing their own vegetables (which they will be bringing home for you all to try!) Emma has also made a number of visits this week to meet some of the young people who will be joining us next year from Bridge College.

Jeff’s group made the mistake of thinking Spring was here this week. After these photos were taken, they were happily enjoying a walk and admiring all the tulips and spring flowers at the park when a snow shower hit!

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Naturally they made the best of the situation and took shelter in the local café until the snow stopped before fitting in a quick game of football! This group really do enjoy being out and about in the fresh air, let’s hope they’ll be in their t-shirts and shorts in the not too distant future..

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Their new DIY and maintenance sessions are still proving popular and this week they even managed to recruit a new member – we hope Ms Dunne’s work was up to scratch!

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We have been celebrating our successes this week at Medtia Square and Gary’s group were pleased to welcome staff from the Royal Oldham Hospital and from the Oldham Chronicle to show them the comfort packs that they have been putting together for patients and family members. The young people really have worked brilliantly and our partnership with ROH continues to flourish and we look forward to more opportunities in the future..

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This group have also once again been volunteering at Dr Kershaw’s shop in the town centre and next week they will be working at the Link Centre Café as New Bridge assists in reopening this town centre café.

This week we held our very first ‘Medtia Meet Up’! It was lovely to see some old faces and we are looking forward to welcoming more past New Bridge students. Our next session is on Tuesday 3rd May at 10am – please do feel free to come along and see us  🙂

I would like to finish my blog today by reflecting on a fantastic year so far for our Future Finders. Our 19-25 college course was set up this time last year in partnership with Oldham Council and Manchester College. As a franchise of Manchester College, we are able to offer this fantastic internship course which has had a massive impact on the futures of this year’s cohort. The course has been a huge success this year and will triple in size next year due to our successes and popularity! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners and employers for their continued support, I look forward to updating you on news in the near future relating to our students gaining paid employment – watch this space!

Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend, let’s hope the sun comes out!

Daniel Wood
Future Finders Manager

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