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Sunflower Project goes Go Karting – August 2016

Sometimes you have to be brave to have fun.  And so it was when we took eight 8-12 year olds go karting.  On one of the hottest afternoons this summer the mixed group got dressed up in thick racing overalls, balaclavas, helmets, neck guards and gloves before chasing each other around the Guernsey Karting track.  The race briefing was all about how to go, how to stop and what the signals meant.

There was a certain amount of anxiety before we started, the go karts go fast and you have to believe you can be in control.   The first lap was a journey into the unknown, particularly in a group where not everyone knew each other.  I was so impressed how they set off with caution and gradually speeded up – some more than others. The driver’s challenge was to beat their last lap time not someone in the next kart.

 

Everyone increased their skills and when they were flagged in at half time they formed a perfect line up.  At the end of the half hour they rolled in looking very hot and buzzing with excitement.

 

With some snacks to finish we heard a bit more about what it is like round the chicane or when the karts get too close.

 

We are very grateful to the lovely person who donated the session for eight young people to The HUB. A further huge thanks goes to Karting Guernsey who were brilliant.

For anyone who knows about the HUB staff challenge of 150 chocolate free days (our challenge to celebrate 150 years of Barnardo’s . If you would like to support us please check out https://giving.gg/donate/event/1087/150-Chocolate-Free-Days) I can assure you that the staff team (Grace nor I) did not eat any of the choc treats.

Line up

 

Denise Ozanne

Sunflower Project

Sexual Health Drop in

The Orchard Centre will be holding a drop in at The HUB every Friday from 3:45-5pm. At this drop in young people will be able to access, confidential advice, free condoms, self-screening for chlamydia and emergency contraception.

 

Laura, a sexual health nurse from The Orchard Centre will be coming into The HUB every Friday. We hope that by having a consistent drop in run by The Orchard Centre young people will feel more comfortable accessing the service.

 

If you would like to find out more about our sexual health drop in, then text 07781 122959.

 

Teddy Bears Picnic

On a sunny Saturday morning a Teddy Bears Picnic was held for children with additional needs. 6 families came along to enjoy the bouncy castle, play with the bats and balls, run around the field with their teddy’s, have a picnic and eat teddy bear cakes. The families thoroughly enjoyed the quieter atmosphere which allowed their children to be themselves. The parents had the opportunity to chat with each other knowing that their children were being supervised and played with by a group of volunteers from The HUB. Events like this are so important to allow the children to play and interact with others whilst allowing parents a chance to relax. Mum of a 3 year old ‘It was lovely to meet with other mums and dads. We had a lovely time! It’s so nice to find families with similar situations.’ Mum ‘It was really lovely to connect with others and both my child and I had a lovely time’

Teddy Bera

Love with no labels…

We love this video so thought we would share it with you.  We absolutely believe that love should have no labels and think this video sums it up perfectly.  We’d love to do something like this in Guernsey to show our different kinds of love <3

Meet the staff – week 9

Denise Ozanne, Project Worker for The Sunflower Project

I am the second longest serving member at The HUB (and definitely the oldest).  I started in October 2012 as part time Service Administrator when Charlie was the only full time member of staff.  Everything was new and exciting.  So now it’s 2016 and it is still really exciting to be part of The HUB family.  I am now the part time project worker for The Sunflower Project providing support to children and young people experiencing a bereavement or serious illness in the family.  This role requires me to provide information, advice and resources to parents, carers and professionals, as well as working with children and young people individually or in groups.  What I do would be impossible without the support of a wonderful team of specially trained volunteers.

As I have a word limit I will not attempt to describe my journey to the HUB.  In brief I am married and have two grown-up sons and a young Labrador.  I love walking the dog, swimming in the sea in the summer, and taking on new challenges.  I am a little concerned about the ‘no chocolate for 150 days’ challenge to support 150 years of Barnardo’s but it is such an amazing organisation I am pleased to be making the effort.   This September I will start a diploma in counselling, which should link neatly with my studies over the last six years that include a number of OU courses and a Diploma in Childhood Bereavement.

I cannot overstate how amazed I am at what is achieved at The HUB.  I remember the early drop-ins when we were thrilled that a young person had found the courage to cross the threshold or how the community supported the interventions by offering freebies.  Today, I still admire every young person who comes through the door for the first time and there is still a buzz of excitement when staff or volunteers can report a success.  It is a great privilege to work for an organisation that Guernsey has taken to its heart, with a team of staff and volunteers who are all passionate about getting it right and wanting to make a difference.

So I hope that I shall continue to hold on to the tail of the comet and I look forward to whatever comes next…….

 

Meet the staff – Week 8

GLMy name is Grace Lindsay and I have been working with The HUB as a Mentoring Co-ordinator for around a month and half now, before that I have been volunteering with The Sunflower Project for about a year and a half. I quickly fell in love with The HUB, the ethos of never turning someone away who needs support really resonated with me and the passion of all of the staff and volunteers made me feel really at home. I have just been appointed in the post of the Child Sexual Exploitation worker which is also an 18.5 post, this means I’m currently working full time doing two completely different posts – however I wouldn’t have it any other way and am loving my roles! When I’m not at work I’m studying for a degree in Psychology through The Open University which I am thoroughly enjoying and although it’s a lot of hard work and deadlines I find it really rewarding to be able to study whilst doing a job I love. In my free time I am a dedicated owner to two beautiful doggy’s who I love walking and spending time with, I also enjoy island hopping over to Herm and Sark.

 

Meet the staff – week 7

I’m Tina, full time project worker at The HUB. I am a Jersey bean by birth but upon meeting my partner Deb, a Guernsey girl, I made the leap 3 years ago. I became a volunteer with The HUB and loved it so much that I put in as many hours as my work would allow. When a full-time position became available I applied and was overjoyed to be successful. This gave me the opportunity to develop my skills working with young people and support them fulfil their full potential.

 I studied Art at university and love being creative. I enjoy any chance I get to incorporate it into The HUB. Fortunately, it must have worked because they have supported me with my passion for Art therapy and even let me pilot my own group.

 Unfortunately due to personal reasons, I will be returning to Jersey in August and will therefore sadly be leaving The HUB. However I will still be continuing my work with young people through Barnardo’s as part of their Jersey project, which I am very excited about.

 I have been overwhelmed by the way young people have allowed us into their lives. I consider myself very fortunate to be in a position that allows me to support them in coping with any worries or concerns they have – some of the outcomes have genuinely brought tears to my eyes. It’s due to the excellent training of Barnardo’s and passion of The HUB team that this had been possible.

Outside of work I love spending family time walking on the beach with Deb and our dogs Busta, Phoebe and Soya…..they never fail to bring a smile to my face.

TG dogs

 

 

Meet the staff – Week 6

Hi , I am Sophie and I am the new Speak Out Project Worker .
In my other life , I am a beach- loving Mum of three boys .
I was born here in Guernsey and after a varied life of Art College , Condor , Next I then became a full time mum for ten years .
I went back to work 6 years ago as an Art Technician and , three months ago , I began my newest phase of life here at The Hub!
I am so excited ( and terrified!) at doing this amazingly rewarding and varied, challenging job , although I don’t really see it as ‘work’ because all the young people and my fabulous colleagues are all so lovely, least of all ,putting up with my ‘ Techphobia’ …. ( Aearon, thank you !! )

 

Barnardo’s 150th Anniversary

As the UK’s leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s worked with 240,000 children, young people and families last year in the UK.

Last week, we were so excited to welcome our Director of Midlands and South West and the Director of Children’s Services for Barnardo’s to Guernsey. Barnardo’s has been transforming children’s lives for 150 years, so to mark Barnardo’s 150th anniversary, The HUB held an afternoon tea party for staff, volunteers and service users.

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Despite the down pour of rain outside, we had lots of fun playing Jenga, having our faces painted and building a 150 tower of cups.

Staff had put their baking skills to the test and we ate far too many chocolate brownies, sausage rolls and a delicious birthday cake.

150th

150 years ago Thomas Barnardo founded the charity, Barnardo’s. Since then we have helped hundreds of thousands of children to grow up happy and healthy – but sadly, there is still more work to do.

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Our dedicated staff and volunteers tailor every Barnardo’s service to meet the individual needs of children in the UK, but each has one vital thing in common: a belief in the potential of every child and young person to thrive – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.

Meet the staff – Week 5

Rosie Williams:

I have been at The HUB since September 2016. I am responsible for HUB+, this means that I see young people on a 1:1 basis and do some group work. At The HUB I see young people individually for emotional and listening support and also look at a variety of interventions such as relaxation skills, decider skills, solution focused therapy.

Prior to working at The HUB I worked as an Assistant Psychologist for HSSD. I spent a large portion of this time working for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service which fits nicely into this role and also Adult Mental Health Service and Adult Learning Disability. I have previously also worked as a research assistant, and like data crunching which comes in useful for our quarterly/annual report.

 In my spare time I do a lot of sport. My main passion is outdoor swimming, and I am currently trying to work my way through swimming to all the different Channel Islands. In the last couple of years I have swum to Sark and Herm, and am hoping to swim to Alderney in the upcoming years. I also enjoy rowing, water polo and running although all of this is balanced out by addiction to chocolate.

 When I first starting working at The HUB I felt left out by being the only staff member not to own a dog. As a result I created an imaginary dog called Larry, I am excited to say that he is now coming to life (although only in the form of a knitted dog).

half marathon

 

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