20 Jan

We have had another busy week at Medtia Square and I have been privileged to spend time out in the community observing some of our young people working on their placements. As I mentioned previously, we had two stars last week – Oliver at The Atrium Café and Jordan at Tesco. Here you can see just how well Oliver got on in his second week..

I have also visited Aisha, one of our Future Finders students who is based at Oldham Plastics..

It was lovely to see how well she was doing and how appreciated she is by her colleagues. Oldham Plastics have just joined our programme and it was a lovely feeling when the manager thanked me for allowing them the opportunity to take one of our students – well done, Aisha!!

Our partnership with Oldham Community Leisure continues and on Monday I went over to see Gareth who is now in his 4th month at Oldham Leisure Centre and doing brilliantly. Gareth works in the gym and on poolside as a leisure attendant and once again he is clearly valued by his colleagues and managers..

Well done, Gareth! It was also great to see David from Lumenus working in the gym this week on the first day of his work experience. He picked up the tasks quickly and his line manager was very impressed – a great start to his placement, well done, David..

At The Atrium café, over 20 young people have started placements this week and they are all settling in brilliantly and offering excellent customer service..

Abdul, one of our Future Finders, is in his second week at the café and has particularly impressed the cooks. This week he has prepared pies, sandwiches and various hot meals for our customers – Jamie Oliver, step aside!

Over at Horizons this week, Gary’s group have been busy at Dr Kershaw’s..

They have also enjoyed spending some time sourcing materials for their Valentine’s cards which are already looking lovely..

Jeff’s group were very excited when they finally got to have a session at the Extreme Air Trampoline Park. Looking at these pictures, I can see why they couldn’t wait to go..

They were very happy to return to Ability Wheelz after missing last week’s session due to the snow..

..although I wasn’t too sure what to make of this picture to begin with..

They have also been busy in their arts and crafts sessions where they are preparing some lovely Valentine’s day gifts which look great…let’s hope someone buys one for me!

It’s been a lovely calm week here at the Learning Centre and Hayley’s group have made a start on their new topic of movies and theatre. The young people have had lots of fun preparing crafts for the Chinese New Year, enjoying their usual sessions at Ability Wheelz and rebound..

..and they’ve baked some scrumptious lemon cupcakes..

Shelley’s group have had another great week filled with all their usual activities from exercising in their morning yoga session to swimming and Ability Wheelz..

The group enjoyed a walk at Dunwood Park this week and even attempted the climbing wall..

The Great Horizons Bake Off continues with another delicious pudding recipe carefully made in their cooking session – watch out, Mary Berry..

Emma’s group have had another brilliant week and have also been feeling ‘crafty’. They have been creating sun catchers for the windows..

..all we need now is some sun! Our yoga sessions also continue to be extremely popular. It is certainly a favourite activity for the young people at Horizons and Faye is doing a brilliant job as chief yogi..

To finish today’s blog, I would just like to update you on our Bridging the Gap scheme which is now into our 6th year at Royal Oldham Hospital and our 5th year at Manchester Metropolitan University. Both schemes continue to go from strength to strength and this week I have met with HR executives from both the hospital and MMU to look at ring fencing apprenticeships for our Bridging the Gap students. This is looking very hopeful in the near future and once again, representatives from both sites were singing the praises of our interns. We held a parents’ evening on Tuesday for those Year 13 students interested in joining Bridging the Gap next year and the students have completed taster visits to the hospital this week..

If you have any questions about our Bridging the Gap supported internship scheme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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

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