This week has been particularly busy at Medtia Square and the recurring theme has been next year and planning how we can make the building work best for an increasing number of young people. From September our numbers at Horizons and Future Finders will more than double and we will be joined full time by our vocational pathways, Lumenus, Digit4ll and Activ8. The success of our new campus has been evident through these blogs over the past few months and I am really excited to see how the building will continue to enhance and inform our offer in the future. Due to the overwhelming popularity of our new building and provision, I have welcomed many potential students and young people this week for tours. We have also had visits from Lumenus and Digit4ll who continue to access their new facilities on a weekly basis.
Our Future Finders have settled in well to their new placements and it is really lovely to hear once again the positive impact that our students are having within their working environments. We continue to receive positive feedback weekly from both staff and customers who see what an asset our students are and who always comment on their professionalism, friendliness and hard work. We have also hosted a transition day this week for some of the young people who will be starting the Future Finders course in September. I will be in touch with young people and families in the coming weeks with further information around transition visits over the next term.
Our young people at Horizons have been extremely fortunate this week to be able to get out into the community and enjoy the wonderful weather that we have had! Emma’s group have continued to develop their life skills by visiting local supermarkets and shops. I was lucky enough to join them on a visit to Chadderton Hall Park on Wednesday..
The young people had a great time and I can personally recommend the toasted tea cakes if you ever get chance to visit their lovely cafe!
Gary’s group have continued to prepare the comfort packs for the Macmillan Nurses at the Royal Oldham Hospital. These packs include useful items such as a toothbrush, a hairbrush, deodorant and tissues and are intended for very poorly people. Our volunteers are working really hard to put together 1000 packs and they expect to finish them in the next week or so..
Over at Dr Kershaw’s in Oldham town centre, our Horizons volunteers are now in their fourth week of working. They are learning how a charity shop runs and how to sort good clothes to sell in the shop from poorer quality clothes which are sold on to a recycling company..
They are practising their reading and writing skills on the job and they are doing really well with their communication skills and in working as part of a team. Here are some of our volunteers with the shop manager Darren..
Unfortunately our Wheels for All sessions were cancelled this week as work was taking place on the paths at the park. Jeff’s group and Emma’s group both still had a fantastic trip out to the park, though, as they took part in an energetic outdoor session together which included zip wiring and football! They had lots of fun and really enjoyed spending the morning together..
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Jeff’s group also had a great time shopping for a birthday party this week and they chose some healthy snacks for everyone to enjoy..
I think one of the best things I have seen is our new Medtia maintenance team! These pictures of our young people doing some general maintenance work around our building are just brilliant! They are doing a fantastic job but I have a sneaking suspicion that they might enjoy wearing the hard hats more than the work itself..
A big thank you as always to our fantastic staff who continue to offer wonderful and varied activities for our young people. Another brilliant week for us all, let’s hope the weather holds out for the weekend – enjoy!
Future Finders Manager
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