16 Dec

Well, what a fantastic festive week we’ve had filled with Christmas trips, Christmas dinners and lots of partying! It’s also a great time to look back and reflect – this time last year Medtia Square was just an idea and now 12 months later we are up and running with over 100 young people permanently based at our town centre site. We have opened a new cafe, ‘The Atrium’ in the centre of Oldham and we have gone from just 11 young people on work placement programmes last year to an incredible 61 young people accessing weekly work placements or internships over this past term.

Medtia Square has undoubtedly had a huge positive impact on our young people. Placing them in the heart of the local community whilst raising aspirations to move into a meaningful and fulfilling future in employment or unsupported volunteering. What I love more than anything about our site is that it is generally very quiet because our young people are out in the community 90% of the time! Whether that be on work placement or accessing a local leisure activity, our new location has opened up so many windows of opportunity that our young people and staff have really grasped and taken full advantage of.

This week has been a celebration of our successes so far and I’d like to share with you just some of the highlights, including a selection of Christmas dinners and parties..

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We even held our own our recognition awards for the young people..

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On Wednesday our fantastic Future Finders helped prepare and serve over 400 meals for the First Choice Homes Christmas meal! They did an incredible job from the preparation right through to the cleaning up at the end – well done, team!!

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Emma’s group had a wonderful morning searching for Rudolph on Wednesday over at Dunham Massey!

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They found him too, resting before his busy night next weekend..

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Our groups have had a lot of fun at Ability Wheelz this week taking part in a Christmas hunt challenge where the young people had to search the park for clues and prizes..

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Jeff’s group travelled to Shaw for a great Christmas meal at the Shay Wake. It was their first outing to a restaurant for some of our young people and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience..

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As you know, Hayley’s group never need an excuse to get their baking trays out and this week has been no exception..

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On Tuesday our Future Finders enjoyed a joint trip with students from Bridging the Gap to Hollywood Bowl and Franky and Bennies. They had a brilliant day out and it was a lovely way to end the year for our workers..

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Our Key Stage 5 pathway students had a great time filming their very own Christmas Mannequin Challenge..

The Digit4ll students have been working flat out to complete all their orders in time for Christmas, as Mr Bright explains..

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks we’ve had in Key Stage 5 Digit4ll! The students have been brilliant, they have really excelled themselves with running their own business. We have been designing, filming, printing and trading – it has truly been a pleasure to watch the students perform their individual roles. If you aren’t aware, the Key Stage 5 Digit4ll students run two enterprises, New Bridge Printers and New Bridge Productions, and on the printing side of things they have been designing and printing canvases..

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(luckily we got this one finished in time..!)

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..mugs and t-shirts..

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Obviously we’ve been extremely busy over this festive period and all the gang have worked tirelessly to ensure all orders were met for Friday’s deadline. The video production enterprise has involved filming 3 Christmas shows produced by the New Bridge Group. This has meant filming in the evenings,..

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..editing to an extremely tight deadline..

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.. and designing, printing and burning hundreds of DVDs..

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A group even took a selection of Christmas products and ran a stall at the Christmas Markets..

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Tom did an excellent job of drumming up business..

The students have also been in charge of their own finances and they are shareholders in the business. They have manged a turnover of £946 in the last two months, a remarkable achievement! I cannot fully express how proud we are of the students, they truly deserve a rest over Christmas. I would like to give a special thanks to Mr Handrick and Mr Slater for their dedication to the IT Pathway this term…thank you sooo much!

We look forward to more adventures in the New Year with plans to further develop our Horizons provision and to create more social enterprises like ‘The Atrium’ that will provide even more opportunities for our young people. Watch this space!!

All that remains is to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year from myself, John, Richard and all the staff at Medtia Square and Horizons. We look forwarded to welcoming you back on 3rd January.

Daniel
Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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