News

27th February 2018

Personal Achievements

We asked our young people and volunteers to tell us about their recent personal achievements. We think that it is important to share your achievements and encourage others to try new things-no matter how big, or how small.

Logan (aged 12) is really interested in Status Quo and because of that; his parents bought him a guitar at Christmas. His school have just started a jamming session on a lunch time which Logan has just started going to. He also attended the finals of Table Cricket in Warrington on 31st January.

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Cody (aged 9) has just started football training with Bunbury Football Club-a mainstream club-and he is thoroughly enjoying it. His mum says that this is a massive achievement for him to even go. He is a massive football fan and has wanted to play for a long time. He even has his mum watching the football results on the TV at the weekend!  

Cody now loves being in goal and has a great time on a Saturday. He recently went to watch his favourite team Blackpool play (see above right photo). This was his first ever time going to watch a football match and he had such a good time. He wore his ear defenders at first but within five minutes took them off once he had accumulated to the surroundings. This was another big moment for him. His mum is so proud of him and his enthusiasm to take part in sports. He definitely has an ‘anything is possible’ attitude!

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Max (aged 16) would like to share with you about when he went in a helicopter a few weeks ago. Max loves helicopters (and all kinds of transport), but when he received a helicopter ride for his birthday he was very nervous as he was scared of the noise that the helicopter makes. Max decided that he wanted his brother Sam to go in the helicopter with him and this helped him as he loves Sam so much and trusts him. He also got to wear some ear defenders as well and this helped soften the noise. Max was really brave going in the helicopter and really enjoyed the ride. He could see lots from the air including Jodrell Bank and the houses looked so small! He said afterwards that he would like to do it again one day. 

                                                      

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Have a Dabble

Hello I am Rebecca Benson. I am 18 years old and go to Macclesfield College where I study catering for the last 2 and a half years. I have been going to Friends for Leisure for 3 years and am writing to tell you about a club called “Have a Dabble ”which is an adult art class which I have been going to for 9 months. At first my dad saw an advert for it on Facebook and he said to me would you consider going to it with me and I said yes. So the following Tuesday we went to it and we got a lovely welcome from Julie our art teacher and got introduced to everyone at the class. We then got to do a bit of watercolour painting on 3D objects and my dad liked my drawing that I did. The second session we did a bit of drawing with charcoal crayons. I did some good work. The third week we did some drawings of seashells and painted them with watercolours, my dad was impressed with the work I was doing. On the fourth week we did some shape work which involved pen and paper and aluminium tin which was fun. I have enjoyed it and will continue to do it in the future from this I made Xmas cards. I have been that inspired by it I do a bit of painting at home. I have been doing lots of robin birds in my paintings and knowing how I am going to do it because my dad has been teaching me methods of watercolour painting which I have been pleased about.

                                         

Boxing and fitness

I am also doing boxing with Rob Wheeldon who is my personal trainer in Louise’s gym or home. It helps me to fight my anger out and my coordination which I am pleased about. I also go to the leisure centre in Macclesfield and I go to the fitness suite and do the running machine which has a television which helps me to concentrate which is very helpful. I also do the weights which helps me to build my muscles up. I enjoy doing the running machine and the weights because I am trying to keep fit and healthy and for self-defence. Also, I get to meet new people and gain confidence because I get very nervous when meeting new people and I am starting swimming lessons in march at my caravan in North Wales which I am very excited about. That means that I can go swimming and be able to have a great time. My dad comes to the gym with me because of all the dangerous equipment that I may not know how to use it and to keep me safe. I have been boxing for 3 years and the gym for 3 years on and off. I have lots of fun and laughter with Rob and the gym. I also do kickboxing with Rob as well as the boxing because this makes my legs strong.

                                                                                             

College life

I have just done a skills factor project at Macclesfield College. On my catering course I have been awarded a bronze in fruit knife skills, bronze in cupcake team event, bronze in wine skills, gold in vegetable knife skills, silver in team event, which I am very pleased about! And I am doing a function in the town hall in Macclesfield for 100 VIP people which I am going to be cooking for which I am very excited about which is a part of my course.                                                                                         

My greatest achievements

I have been awarded with a Cheshire East achievement award in 2012 which I am thrilled with and my parents are. Also in high school I have been awarded with a Boccia and curling award for coming first in every match which I am very pleased about.  I have got a caravan in North Wales which I have been to for 9 years which has been helping me to become more independent like going to the shops within a safe environment. And I enjoy going to the caravan because I feel safe and it is relaxing and fun which I enjoy and because I see cars which is very fun and exciting.

 

Have a Dabble weekly adult art workshops-every Tuesday at The Silk Museum. £10 a session. Call 01625 612045 for more information. 

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Katie (aged 20) will soon be leaving Friends for Leisure at the age of 21. Friends for Leisure staff wanted to praise her achievements as Young Person Representative for the Congleton group, 15 Up. In January, Katie met with one of our trustees, Mel, at a youth group session to discuss the role of the Young Person Rep role. Congleton Project Worker, Lisa says: ‘Katie asked all the right questions and went from strength to strength throughout the evening’. She had compiled a questionnaire for the group, handed them out and collected them at the end of the session. Katie has ‘transformed beyond what I could have imagined a year ago-into a confident, charming young lady, who now contributes to every session’. Well done Katie!

                                                                                                 

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VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENTS

One of our volunteers, Chen Ji shares some of her recent achievements below:

Celebrating my GCSE results – All Hallows KS4/5 Awards Evening

 In December, my family and I went to my school’s awards ceremony for students who finished GCSEs/A Levels in the summer. I really enjoyed myself because:

-I was able to catch up with friends who haven’t stayed at my school for Sixth Form;

-I got certificates with my GCSE grades on them. I shared a trophy with the Highest Achieving A Level Student because I got the “Highest Achieving GCSE Student” award  

-I also celebrated (together with my family, my friends and my teachers) because I got the “GCSE German Subject Award” 

The first term of Sixth Form was challenging for me – but the Awards Evening reminded me of what I can achieve when I put my mind to it.Witnessing the older students receive their impressive A Level grades certificates inspired me to continue working hard in everything I do.

Catenians Public Speaking Contest

Last weekend, I took part in the Catenians Association’s Northwest Public Speaking Contest. In my speech, I talked about why being truthful is important; I also said that around the world, dictators still control what people can and can’t say – my main message was that this is wrong and something must be done about it. 

I got really valuable experiences from taking part:

-when writing my speech, I had to explain myself clearly but not write too much because the time limit for delivering my speech was 4 minutes.

-On the day, I faced an auditorium full of people – very nerve-wracking!

-It was important to show that I really cared about what I was speaking about.

I really enjoyed the contest because I felt proud of myself for pushing aside my nerves. I also learnt a lot from listening to the other contestants’ ideas.