14 Jul

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I wrote my last blog and what a fantastic few weeks they have been! As you will know, last week I was in Salou with the Future Finders students and John was in Blackpool with the young people from Horizons. We really did have a wonderful time in Salou, from watching shows and going on the rides in the theme park to dancing through to the early hours in the local Irish bar – it is fair to say that our students will never forget Salou and Salou will never forget our students! Here are just some of the pictures from Blackpool..

..and Salou..

This week I have been helping with the school show ‘Aladdin’. I really am incredibly impressed by the young people who took part in the show, there have been 5 performances this week and each time have put on a fantastic show that both the performers and the audiences have loved! A huge thank you to all the staff who were involved too – from the amazing costumes to the fantastic direction and choreography, it was a great team effort! Here are some of the photos from the show if you missed it..

If you would like to order a DVD of the performance filmed and produced by our Digit4ll students, please click here.

Last week was rather quiet at Horizons with many of the young people away in Blackpool but those who stayed in Oldham kept busy with a spot of shopping..

..a bit of housekeeping..

..and having a wonderful time..

Yvonne has started a new voluntary position at the Salt Cellar and as you can see she is really enjoying it..

This week has been even busier with everybody back at the centre and the groups have enjoyed getting out and about as usual..

Gary’s group had a wonderful time exploring around Standedge Tunnel in Marsden..

Horizons welcomed some new young people who will be transitioning soon in their dance session..

They had a lot of fun recycling a large canvas ready for full page pictures of the groups to hang on the walls at Horizons..

On Tuesday we have a transition morning for our new pre-internship pathway here at Medtia. We now have 15 young people confirmed for this pathway and we are looking forward to getting started in September. May I take this opportunity to remind parents of all pre-internship and Bridging the Gap students that they will start back slightly later on Thursday 7th September due to staff training from the 4th to 6th September.

This week I had another reminder of how appreciated our young people are within their work placements. Sufyaan had his last day at Tesco this week and was presented with gifts, a balloon, a voucher and a party with cake with his colleagues on Tuesday! They are sad to see him go and wanted to show how much they appreciate him! To recognise this achievement, Sufian has also been awarded ‘Worker of the Week’. Well done Sufyaan!

Next week, our Finance Director, Wendy Lees and I will be meeting with the local council before heading to London for a conference to explore the possibility of setting up as an Independent Specialist Provider. This would mean that we would become a college for post 19 students and ensure that projects like Future Finders continue to have a place to develop and grow. Another exciting opportunity for our young people that I will of course keep you updated on through this blog.

So, only 5 more get ups for those of us finishing next Friday. Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to writing to you next week for the final time this academic year! How quickly did that go?!!

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

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