News

31st July 2018

Youth Group updates

With the summer term at an end, two of our Project Workers, Lisa and Hannah, and Activity Coordinator Jade, keep us up to date on our youth group activities across Cheshire East. 

Jade starts us off…

The last term of activities seem to have whizzed by. We have had lots of fun with NERF battles at Machin Exercise Studios, trampolining at Urban Air Cheshire, FFL’s Got Talent, swimming at Congleton Leisure Centre, multi-sports with Ministry4Sport and much more! Thank you to all of the activity providers who have delivered sessions for us this term – we have had a great time.

Our junior youth group in Congleton called CYG has had a few changes this term with new young people joining and some young people moving up to the older youth group, 15Up. As our previous young person rep moved to 15Up we held an election to nominate a new young person rep for CYG – someone that the group can talk to, someone that can welcome new young people and volunteers, and someone that will listen and share ideas between young people and staff. Well done to Lorenzo who put himself forward for the CYG young person rep role and was elected by the group.

                                                                                              

At the end of term our Macclesfield youth group took part in a sponsored walk for Friends for Leisure. The young people asked for sponsors from friends and family. Sponsors also wrote down how many laps of the astro pitch they thought the young person would be able to complete. We managed to walk, jog and run approximately 12 miles in total. Friends for Leisure would like to thank The King’s School for kindly supporting us by allowing the group to use the astro pitch free of charge for the event. Our fantastic Macclesfield youth group raised… *DRUM ROLL* … £620.50 for Friends for Leisure – which is amazing! Well done to all of the young people who took part. Friends for Leisure would like to say thank you to every person who sponsored the group.

                                                                                     

Our regular term time activities take a break now for the summer holidays and will restart in September. Our summer activities will begin on Monday 30th July. If you would like to book a place at any of the summer sessions please contact jade@friendsforleisure.org.uk or phone the office on 01260 275333.

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A note from Lisa about 15 Up…

15 Up has now been up and running since April 2017. During that time the number of young people attending have steadily grown .The main appeal of 15 Up is that it is age specific with a more grown up, more mature feel about it.

As well as organising some of the usual requested activities, like eating out, going to the cinema, and swimming, we have addressed some really important issues such as money – where it comes from, how to keep it safe and how to use a bank account. Lloyds Bank facilitated the session. Other sessions have included “how to look after yourself” which addressed areas such as personal care – hygiene, staying and keeping safe and internet safety.  The group have learned about healthy food choices and how to prepare and make their own meal. We have talked about homelessness and how it exists in Cheshire East, discussing some of the reasons why a person might become homeless in the first place.

                   

The feedback from the group is extremely positive. We continue to encourage and listen to group members and wherever possible facilitate their ideas for future sessions. For example, one young person would like to talk to the group about Autism so that young people feel they can talk openly about a subject that might affect them too. We have given him a platform to do this next term.

Next term (Sept- Dec) we have lots of exciting things to look forward to, such as eating out at the new Rumba in Congleton, an art challenge workshop and a musical theatre production. We have invited professional counsellors from SWANS – they support well-being & nurturing strength, their aim is to improve emotional resilience and positive mental health. We also have “One You” Cheshire East coming over to talk to the group about diet and exercise and how to stay healthy.

We have two new Young Person Representatives: Alfie G and Rebecca B. They secured equal votes by the rest of the group and are looking forward to starting in September. Part of their role includes listening to the views of other young people, helping and supporting any new members and some roles and responsibilities at 15 Up.

                                                                        

If you know of anyone between 15-21 who could benefit from coming along to the group – please get in touch.

Thank you

Lisa 

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And finally, an update on our Crewe youth groups from Hannah…

Our Crewe Juniors group for ages 8-13 has now been running since September 2015 and has steadily grown in size. We have had lots of fun and this term, in particular have enjoyed a quiz night, pizza making, clay modelling, fabric decorating and a picnic and games at Queens Park. Those that have been attending for a while now have come a long way and it has been great to see their confidence grow within the group. 

Sadly, we have waved goodbye to a few of our older members who have turned 21 recently but the group is still going strong and some lovely friendships have formed. Charlotte, the young person rep for the group, has done an amazing job this year and really taken her role seriously by introducing visitors to the group, welcoming new young people, helping manage the tuck shop and getting feedback from the young people in order to help FFL evaluate their activities. Well done Charlotte. In September, we shall be looking at electing a new young person to take on this exciting role. 

                                

We have had some great fun this term with trampolining and a clubbercise themed fitness class, not forgetting an italian themed night and a meal out at Bella Italia. We also had a chance to have a relaxed evening and took part in some activities and conversations about ways to relax and deal with worry and stress. Everyone in the group shared their ideas and it was a great way for some to realise that they are not on their own.

A long term member of Crewe Youth Group, Callie, has shared what she enjoys about the group:

This is Callie. I’m a long time member of Crewe Youth Group. I joined after it started. Youth group is fun because I make new friends and it has made me better at having a long catch up with friends. When I started youth group, I found it hard to ask my friends to speak with me because they might not have heard me ask them. 

I enjoy trying new activities like craft types. I love crafts. Other activities I enjoy are meals out. They are relaxed and there are activities to do whilst I wait. I enjoy baking. It is fun. My favourite baking was cakes when I made a mess with an ingredient. 

I enjoy nights where a film is shown in the hall not a cinema. It is quieter. I like to sit in the garden with my friends in summer. I enjoy Disney themed night. I love Disney. I enjoy craft activities. 

Thank you for reading.