06 May

Last week I spoke about the snow, this week I am sat here looking out at the beautiful sunshine and wondering if I need to pick up some sun cream for the weekend! What a lovely week we have had with the weather and, as always, our groups have made the most of it and have continued to access the parks, cafés and outdoor activities available to them across Oldham.

It has been another exciting and busy week for us all – our groups joined forces this week to set up a new venture at the Link Centre. Our Future Finders and some of the young people from Horizons have worked together to set up a new tuck shop at the Link Centre. We have started opening up on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we are looking to build up to full time opening hours by half term. As some of you may know, there is a large, fully equipped café at the Link Centre which unfortunately has been closed for some time. We have now started to sell snacks and refreshments and, in the not too distant future, we hope to open the café back up in its entirety, run by our talented young people who have a particular interest in catering and hospitality! I will keep you posted via this blog. If you do want to visit in the meantime, we will be there next week between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday..

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I’d like to share some more images with you of this week’s outings and achievements. Gary’s group continue to work through the comfort packs for the hospital (571 of 1000 done so far!)..

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Jeff’s group are going DIY crazy at Medtia..

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They have enjoyed their Art sessions..

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..and they have been into Oldham to McDonalds for snacks and to look at their recycling programme..

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As ever it has been a fun and busy week for all of our young people – Emma’s group have even discovered a new pond opposite our building..

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We have had another busy week of visitors, with students from Bridge College joining us for a number of transition visits. It has been lovely to meet some of the young people who are coming to us in September and I would like to say a big thank you and well done to all of our young people who made them feel so welcome.

We have also been visited by colleagues from the National Autistic Society and from the University of Bath who are keen to learn more about our supported internship projects here at New Bridge. They were extremely impressed with our current provision, our vision and how far on we are with this work. Many schools across the country still have little knowledge of supported internships and their benefits and are a long way from setting up their own. As I mentioned last week, we are growing substantially next year and across the Group we will have 23 young people on a supported internship programme, working alongside professionals within a work environment! This really is a huge achievement for us and something that is continuously acknowledged nationally by many organisations as outstanding provision.

I’ll end by sharing my excitement for our summer production, Shrek! I have been into some of the rehearsals this week here at Medtia and it really is going to be fabulous, possibly our biggest production yet! We have hired a huge professional set, we are about to have a new state-of-the-art lighting rig fitted at school and we have even hired a 12 foot long dragon – definitely a ‘must see’! Shrek will take place during the last week of June; for more information or to get your tickets, please contact Wendy Warren on 0161 883 2401.

I would like to wish you all a fantastic weekend in the sun – enjoy!

Daniel Wood
Future Finders Manager

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