13 May

Another sunny Friday and another busy week here at Medtia Square. We have been focusing on planning transition visits for the young people who will be joining us in September, whether that be via a pathway, Future Finders or Horizons, and a number of visits have been organised to ensure the best possible start to the new academic year.

I have been working with some of my colleagues on the senior leadership team to ensure that our employment strategy is supporting all our young people across the Group. As you will know, we have a real focus throughout the organisation on giving our young people the correct support and opportunities they need to lead a fulfilling life ‘post New Bridge’ within their local community. We are now looking at how we can better support those young people who may be looking towards employment or independent volunteering as a destination for adulthood. With this in mind, we will be introducing a new ‘Employability Matrix’ which will offer many opportunities to access work placements and employability training from Year 10 onwards. We are employing a number of skilled job coaches who will work with our young people across the Group and support them on placements within an employment setting. This is a really exciting development for us and will massively enhance the opportunities available for our young people. To achieve this, we are once again looking to expand our offer of placements with local businesses across Oldham. If you have any connections to employers who may be interested in hosting one of our students on a placement or internship, please do get in touch! I will, of course, keep you up dated on our progress.

Our Future Finders have had a great week and I was thrilled to hear that Reece, who is on placement at Hollinwood Academy as a teaching assistant, was praised this week for his outstanding work with the pupils by Mr Quinn who observed him within a PE class. Well done, Reece, and good luck to you in your working interview that begins next week! Talking of which, we have another working interview coming up for Max, another Future Finders superstar, who has proved his ability as a leisure assistant at Oldham Community Leisure. Fingers crossed for that job, Max! Alice has continued to impress at the Oldham Coliseum this week and has been involved in hosting a coffee morning for actors. If you know Alice, you won’t be surprised to hear that she was in her element surrounded by all the ‘luvvies’ and I have to admit I was very jealous! A special mention this week too, to Adam and Sheroz who are providing invaluable help at the Oldham Food Banks. They have now decided to start a collection for the foodbanks here at Medtia Square, so if you are visiting us or just passing by, please feel free to drop a donation in to them!

At Horizons this week, Jeanette’s group have been getting in the Olympic spirit. They have been exploring for bugs in buckets of gloop, so apologies to the Learning Centre cleaning team – as you can see it was rather messy fun..

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They have also been busy perfecting their technique for a new Olympic sport..

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Our other groups based here at Medtia have had a brilliant week accessing new activities. A number of young people had a fantastic day out in Manchester visiting the Museum of Science and Industry..

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..where they checked out the planes, cars and trains..

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..and had a great time exploring the interactive experiments..

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Emma’s group are really enjoying being part of the ‘Veg in the Park’ project at Waterhead Park. The young people began planting their sunflower seeds and definitely have the required ‘green fingers’..

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We would like to thank all the lovely the ‘VIP’ staff for being so friendly and accommodating – we can’t wait to get back there next week..

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Jeff’s group have had another enjoyable week getting out and about as usual..

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They’ve made the most of this lovely weather and have been to the park, played football, enjoyed a drink in the sun and had some lovely chats with people they’ve met out in the community..

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They’ve also managed to do some work too..

 

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..although they needed a good rest afterwards!

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I will finish today by sharing my stand-out moment of the week here at Medtia. I was invited to act as a ‘dragon’ in a dragon’s den style pitch delivered by students in Digit4ll..

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They are looking to set up their own enterprise called ‘Enspire’ where they will produce a range of products including personalised mugs and wine charms to sell to the general public. I was absolutely astounded by the professionalism of the students. They delivered a faultless pitch to us, without a script, and accompanied by a very professional PowerPoint presentation! Needless to say, we invested and I look forward to sharing information on how to purchase their products in the near future! A huge congratulations to the ‘Enspire’ team – true entrepreneurs and extremely inspiring to us dragons!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Daniel Wood
Future Finders Manager

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