Firstly, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year. It is wonderful to see our young people back after the holidays and settling in quickly and with ease.
While this has been a shorter week, we have still had a busy few days including a fabulous trip to the Oldham Coliseum for our Lumenus group. They really enjoyed the theatre’s annual pantomime – oh yes, they did!!
Our Future Finders have been on a number of taster sessions this week to try out their new placements before they start full time on Monday. We wish them the best of luck at The Premier Inn, Oldham Leisure Centre, The Rainbow Trust, Oldham Library and at our new placement provider, Plastics Direct. I look forward to reporting back next week on how they get on!
Over at Horizons, Jeff’s group have been full of smiles and although the weather was a little cooler, they enjoyed a rain-free session at Ability Wheelz..
They’ve had their usual walk over to the Oldham Leisure Centre for swimming..
..got back into their popular DIY work..
..let their hair down after all that hard work..
..and then treated themselves to a coffee in the new Costa Coffee shop inside the Old Oldham Town Hall..
They’re certainly making the most of their handy town centre base!
I have been working with my team of job coaches and some of our senior colleagues this week as we begin to plan an employer engagement event later in the term. We are looking forward to inviting employers from across Oldham to a free disability awareness training session in the hope that in return they will offer work placements to our young people. We are also looking to start a Parent Business Network where we will be inviting parents and carers who work across Oldham into New Bridge to offer their expertise, guidance and business contacts. More information to follow in this blog soon!
Apologies that my blog is a little shorter than usual this week, I wanted to give our young people time to settle back in but I am looking forward to providing a full report next week on what promises to be a busy start to the year here at Medtia Square.
Have a lovely weekend,
Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square
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