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Guidelines – Black and Minority Ethnic groups

BME refers to the Black and Minority Ethnic community. Guernsey is continuously culturally expanding with people from all walks of live moving to the island, and we are keen to support young people from different cultures who may be struggling to adjust to life in Guernsey. The most common culturally diverse young people in Guernsey come from Latvia, France, Spain, Portugal, Russia and Thailand. It can be difficult to reach out for support if you have just moved to the island, especially if you do not know where the support is.

 

There can be many reasons why a young person who is culturally diverse may be struggling to settle in: barriers (language, geographical, personal, social etc), feeling overwhelmed, if the move to Guernsey was unexpected, if they do not feel included and so on. Each individual is different. At The HUB we can help culturally diverse young people explore Guernsey by sight-seeing, taking different buses to familiarise with the island, meet up with other young people in a similar situation, and importantly offer a safe place at The HUB where their cultural heritage will be respected. We have previously held Latvian celebration night in order to celebrate Latvian Proclamation Day where young people came to celebrate their Latvian culture and feel a sense of unity at The HUB. We are keen to celebrate more significant cultures dates at The HUB, so if you would like any further information or would like to signpost a young person to access some support please contact The HUB on 724 421 or email us on thehub.gg.

Volunteer of the month – January 2017

starWe have decided to share a volunteers story and to thank them for going the extra mile, by nominating a ‘Volunteer of the month’ each month. This month it is our volunteer, Becky– read below to find out how amazing she has been.

Becky has taken on many different mentoring cases since she first started volunteering for The HUB, and the young people she supports are all completely different. Becky supported a mentee who wanted to stay active over the summer, through their work together it became evident that this young person experienced severe anxiety and was rarely leaving their house. Through her support they are now able to attend fitness sessions on their own, go to the gym and have just started at a new job! Becky is brilliant at engaging young people through lots of different activities and is always prepared to try something new herself, she is also brilliant at simply listening to young people and talking them through any worries they have. Becky has most recently started volunteering for The Sunflower Project, where I feel she will be an amazing support to the children and young people she meets. Thank you Becky, you are a true star!

Inclusion Event THIS Sunday!

The HUB are holding an Inclusion Event this Sunday, 15th January from 12pm – 3pm for young people, families, professionals…ANYONE!… to come by and learn more about our current and upcoming inclusion work.

We will have rooms allocated for our different groups: LGBTQ+, BME and Young Carers. Inclusion is so important in terms of young people’s holistic health, identity, acceptance, confidence, self-esteem, social connections, pride and so much more. In our inclusion event, and subsequently our inclusion groups, we will be promoting aspects such as positive integration, peer support, raising awareness and more. Please come along if you feel like you, or someone you know could benefit from some support, or even if you are curious.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Volunteer of the month – December 2016

starWe have decided to share a volunteers story and to thank them for going the extra mile, by nominating a ‘Volunteer of the month’ each month. This month it is our volunteer, Sarah– read below to find out how amazing she has been.

Sarah always goes above and beyond to meet the need of the young person who she mentors. Sarah currently has two open mentoring cases, this means she gives huge amounts of her time to the service, not only does Sarah take on cases when needed, but she puts so much thought into the planning and focus area of each session to ensure that she is helping her mentee to reach their absolute potential. Previously, Sarah has held a long term mentoring case which she worked with for over a year. She is currently supporting two different mentee’s who are completely different, Sarah has embraced taking on a case which she wouldn’t usually work with, as well as working with a young person who she had historically mentored. Sarah always attends Group Supervision, as well as socials and contributes so much. Sarah you are a star, I hope you are enjoying your break!

Christmas Closing

The HUB will be closed between Christmas and new year.  We appreciate this can be a difficult time of year for lots of different reasons but there are places that you can get support. Try The Hub website for useful links.  You could  call Childline  0800 1111 or Samaritans   01481 715515 (local call charges apply) National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)

If someone close to you has died or you are supporting a bereaved child we would recommend www.winstonswish.org.uk or www.childbereavementuk.org/

 

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Sunflower Project Prepares for Christmas

spThe HUB was buzzing on Saturday 3rd December, it was the third annual  ‘Remembering at Christmas’ event for the Sunflower Project.  All the families that have had contact with the bereavement Project were invited and 15 children dropped in to take part.  Under the watchful eye of Sunflower Ted perched at the top of The HUB Christmas tree everyone decorated a star.  The stars had names of loved ones who had died and special Christmas messages written on them before they were hung on the tree.

This year the children made a bauble that encased some wishes for and thoughts of their parent.  The atmosphere of understanding and caring created by the Sunflower team made it possible for many sad feelings to be shared and happy memories recalled.  Grace, Jen, Kate and I felt very privileged to share the morning with these wonderful families.

With Christmas carols, mince pies and chocolate brownies (no brownies for Grace and I #150chocfreedays) the festive atmosphere filled The HUB.  Everyone went home with a bauble, a teddy and some advice from Winston’s Wish about coping at Christmas after a bereavement.

If you would like information or advice about supporting a grieving child or young person please contact The HUB tel:724421 or email: sunflower@barnardos.org.uk.

The HUB will be closed between Christmas and new year but for anyone who is dealing with a loss in the family there is some really useful information and advice at www.winstonswish.org.uk and childbereavementuk.org.

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Volunteer of the month – November 2016

starWe have decided to share a volunteers story and to thank them for going the extra mile, by nominating a ‘Volunteer of the month’ each month. This month it is our volunteer, Julie – read below to find out how amazing she has been.

Julie has been working with her mentee since February 2015, Julie has stood by her mentee and been able to support her through some really tough times. Julie has attended numerous multi-agency meetings and has been there to help her mentee to voice her views. Julie has been a reliable, consistent and supportive person for her mentee and has been there for them every step of the way. We have all been able to see a huge change in her mentee over time. This month Julie’s mentee said to her social worker that she no longer felt that she needed mentoring, as she was in such a ‘happy’ and ‘good’ place. I would like to thank Julie for all of her time and commitment which she gives as a mentor. It’s an end of an era!

Thank you, Julie!

Latvian Proclamation Day

The HUB are holding an exciting event for Latvian Proclamation Day on the 18th November! Between 18:00 and 20:00 at The HUB we will be celebrating Latvian Independence Day in true Latvian style. We will have Latvian food, Latvian music, members of Guernsey’s Latvian Association to answer any questions/discuss the history of Latvian, plus translation resources for anyone who wants to have a go at learning the Latvian language! Anyone and everyone are welcome – the more the merrier!

New staff member

lauraLaura has recently started at The HUB as a new Project Worker, here is her ‘about me’ :)

Hi everyone! I’m Laura, a ‘proper northern lass’ who has recently moved to the island with my Fiancé and fur-children… When I heard that The HUB were recruiting for a Project Worker I jumped straight in! I knew in my heart-of-hearts that this job was for me and true to that, it definitely is. I have been working at The HUB as a full-time Project Worker for just over a month now and have quickly fallen in-love with my new job! The motivation for helping young people shines through every day from my colleagues and our volunteers. It is inspiring to work in such a passionate, friendly and dedicated environment that is focused on helping young people the best we can. I am really looking forward to establishing new groups (that are hopefully starting soon!) organising exciting events, meeting new people and developing myself through my career at The HUB.

 

On the flip side, I am a proud owner of two gorgeous hounds: Poppy (Sighthound Lurcher) and Paddy (Border Collie) – he would walk the earth if we let him and he still would want another walk afterwards! We do enjoy walking long distances with them and tiring their little feet out. I have also just adopted two uber cute Guinea Pigs from the GSPCA who I have named ‘Heathcliff and Edgar’. Tea time is usually busy in our household: cooking for my partner and I, feeding the dogs some sort of kibble-y meaty dish, then veggies for the pigs!

 

Family aside: I am a weight-lifter hoping to enter some on-island/UK competitions in 2017. I also enjoy reading English Literature, studying Psychology, hoovering, ironing and rustling up new food dishes! My specialities are Shepherd’s Pie and Cadbury cheesecake.

We won!!!!!!!!!!!!! CI Equality and Diversity Award

We are absolutely delighted to inform you of an award we received last week from the Channel Islands Equality and Diversity Awards Evening.

‘Speak Out’ was nominated for the best Not for Profit Support Initiative and WE WON!

Speak Out is a support service run by The HUB, Barnardo’s and primarily supports young people who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity. Once a week Speak Out runs a youth group, which covers a wide range of topics from ‘coming out’, family support, gender identity, staying safe and where to find support. We have also been lucky enough to be visited by guest speakers who have delivered targeted sessions on internet safety and sexual health as well as having a visit from two States members. As we knew it would, Speak Out has uncovered the need for LGBT+ support for young people in Guernsey.

As well as providing information, advice and support to the young people, Speak Out also aims to build a community for young people who identify as LGBT+ on the island, so we have looked at more social aspects of the group – going bowling, having a picnic etc. Strong friendships have been made by young people attending the group from different schools who may to have met if this group did not exist. We have an online community on Facebook that the group uses to communicate to each other which is very population. Young people hope to create an online forum to develop content to help support other young people who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

“The group is a place where I can be myself and see loads of other people who are LGBT+.”

 “It’s practically a safe haven for me and my friends, where we can enjoy ourselves and openly talk about our sexuality and gender identity without being discriminated.”

 “It is nice to finally go somewhere without the fear of being judged.”

 “I hope that one day Speak Out can change the lives of the LGBT+ community in the Channel Islands, and the UK.”

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