30 Jun

What a week! Firstly, this has been the last week in education for our Future Finders students. As I mentioned in my blog last week, these amazing young people have now come to the end of their internship programme and have now all moved into either paid employment or unsupported volunteering. I would like to use this platform to praise these 11 young people. They have been a credit to New Bridge in so many ways this year. They have represented themselves and our organisation within businesses across Oldham and really have paved the way for future students. All of our current placement providers have signed up to take students again in September and this is simply because they know that Future Finders students work hard and would be an asset to any business. We are hugely proud of you all and wish you every success in your careers. I would also like to thank my wonderful team of job coaches, Gemma, Anne-Marie and Colin, who have done an exceptional job in their first year of employment within our Group in supporting these young people into work. Some of the students and staff enjoyed a last day’s treat on Thursday with a visit to Extreme Air and Nando’s – thankfully my spectacular fall on a trampoline wasn’t captured on camera but here are some of the photos that we did manage to get..

Straight from Jump Nation, I drove down to Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday for our Graduation Ceremony for this year’s Bridging the Gap students..

This is one of my favourite occasions in the year as once again our students showcase just what they are made of and what they can bring to an employer. They were welcomed by the Vice Chancellor of the University who also awarded them with their graduation certificates..

They all spoke articulately about their positive experiences at MMU and it really was a joy to hear how much they had all individually got out of their year on BTG. They really are an inspiration and will all, I am sure, go on to have a wonderful career in their chosen field. Here are some fantastic pictures from the graduation event..

Jeff’s group have been up to all their usual activities, going to Sainsburys to pick up a few essentials with the young people choosing and paying for their own items..

The group enjoyed burning off some energy at the Extreme Air trampoline park in Oldham..

Great fun! Then they enjoyed winding down in the café and watching all the jumping..

One of their favourite activities still has to be swimming of course..

Hayley’s group have had a fantastic week and have welcomed a new member, Kirsty, who has settled in quickly and enjoyed her first week..

They have made chocolate crispy cakes..

..enjoyed lots of sensory activities..

..and had a wonderful time at Ability Wheelz where they met up with their friends from Medtia Square..

This week’s Worker of the Week is Matthew for overcoming his nerves and going on the till at Tesco and serving customers with a smile..

Maria is extremely proud of you! Well done Matthew!

Next week I am off to sunny Salou with Colin, Anne-Marie and a number of our Future Finders students for our end of year rewards trip so I will not be writing a blog but I will, of course, keep you updated with photos and news from our holiday. John and over 20 of the young people from Horizons are off to the possibly slightly less sunny Blackpool next week for another 4 night residential visit and they too will be sharing updates via our social media pages, so do keep an eye out for those.

Have a wonderful weekend – here is hoping that Summer and the sunshine will come back to us!

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

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