Young People's Newsletter - July 2020

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I can’t believe it’s July already – that’s nearly three whole months of online services and we’ve had some fantastic feedback from you all.

I’m delighted to announce the winner of the prize draw (following last month’s online survey) is Li Armstrong Kennedy and we’ll be in touch with your Amazon vouchers soon.

This month we also welcome back some of the team who have been furloughed since March, and I know you’ll join me in welcoming them back. Here are a few things that have happened throughout June along with some of the feedback we’ve received that we thought we’d share with you:

London:

We have had another jam-packed month of online activities in June with the London Young People’s Services – with an Animal Madness Workshop, Meditation and Movement Session, Wheelchair Pilates and Adapted Stay Active Fitness! We kicked off July with an evening of music, dancing, disco-balls, and green attire at our UK-wide Whizz-Kidz Disco. Going into the summer holidays, we are planning a range of different experiences, starting with: Green Up Your Act Eco-Activities, a Magic Show, Yoga, Self-Defence and Coding – always on Mondays at 11am.

Our Campaigns and Coffee group have been busy over the last month developing their brand for their access campaign (leading the way for a brighter future for wheelchair users). Additionally, in London we were recently delighted to be awarded funding by City Bridge Trust to develop a series of Wheelchair Skills Tutorial Videos (Basic Manual, Basic Power, Advanced Manual, Advanced Power and Life Skills) over the summer months and will be touch with these are available in the Autumn. We would like to extend our enormous congratulations to the Whizz-Kidz young people who were accepted onto Bright Network Internships in June and July – we are really excited to hear all about them. June marked another month of our national employability skills days, with young people across the UK coming together for workshops on topics of Interviewing, Volunteering and Time Management. Our brilliant City Bright Trust Team will be organising more high-quality virtual work placement opportunities and skills days over coming weeks. Watch this space!

We are delighted to be able to send out free activity packs (with well-being resources, materials and things to do over the summer) to families with young wheelchair users, from ages 2 to 25, across London during the summer holidays. To sign up for a pack, please contact f.ryan@whizz-kidz.org.uk

Wales:
As restrictions start to lift in Wales, we’ve been loving hearing about how our young people have been able to visit family and friends, some have returned to school and work and others are finding new and interesting ways to pass the time in isolation.

We’ve been working on our skills every week in our Zoom sessions. We’ve seen some great dance moves, dramatic performances, magic tricks, and even met a few furry friends!

This month’s shout-out goes to Evan, who went hiking in The Lake District over the weekend accompanied by over 60 volunteers who are all raising money for Whizz-Kidz. Evan has been practicing his walking and building up his endurance to be able to join the walking group on one of their journeys and last weekend didn’t disappoint. Evan said it was the ‘best weekend ever!’ Keep up the amazing work Evan!

Scotland:
Over the last month we have had some online fun in Scotland, with Magic Shows, Dance Class, Quizzes and much more. In the coming month we have the following activities planned:


July 15th Chit Chat Time
July 18th Meet the animals, with Into the Wild
29th July Chit Chat Time
8t August Dance, Movement and Relaxation workshop


We are also looking forward to having a Viking invasion in August too! More details to follow soon.
We have a new group for 18-25yr olds, called “Whizzing Forward”. This is a group of young people who are working together to learn skills and share their views on the world around them. They are working together to improve accessibility at entertainment venues in Scotland, calling their project “Before we Take our Seats”. They will be meeting up again at the end of the this month, so I look forward to sharing their news again in August.

Work placements were a focus of ours before Covid19 and now we are looking at online work placements, so if you would like to take part in one of these make sure you get in touch.

South:
June saw another busy month in the South with a range of new activities; Green Up Your Act, Magic Workshop, Animal Encounters and a DJ session! We really hope that you’re enjoying trying out lots of new activities. July was kick - started by our UK-Wide Whizz-Kidz Disco – some of you were putting us SDMs to shame with your amazing dance moves and it was great to see so many young people together and particularly those young people from all over the South having the confidence to join in with friends and family.

With Yoga and Science Dome experiences in the first week of July we’re heading into the rest of the month with Junk Percussion and Wheelchair Self Defense – which I know some of you are really excited about! Our Tea and Talks will continue every Friday at 10am.

Lots of you have been upskilling by attending our corporate partner employability sessions and work skills Wednesdays. We’ll be taking a break from our Work Skills Wednesdays sessions over the summer, but do keep your eyes peeled for some more information on an introduction to employability activity pack, our online travel training course and our employability skills days with our corporate partners.

A huge ‘well done!’ to those young people who have used their time to enhance their skills through work placements this month at Spotify, Bright Network, Brand Content and Whizz-Kidz – remember to update your CVs to reflect your hard work! Remote work placements will continue over the summer and Daisy is busy matching young people to projects. A remote work placement is a great way to spend some free time over the summer and you can choose between a one-week and a four-week placement. If you are interested in any of the services over the summer, please get in touch m.biggin@whizz-kidz.org.uk


North:
June was a busy month in the North for online services. During the month we have had an online DJ workshop, percussion session, magic tutorial, a host of online quiz’s and an Animal Encounters session. Young people in the North have also enjoyed taking part in the weekly Employability Skills sessions which have included planning and organisation, customer service, interview skills and volunteering.

Coming up in July, we have lots planned including wheelchair self-defense, cartoon animation, baking, Quiz sessions and a body image workshop. We also have a number of young people from our Sports coaching programme developing session plans for their placement sport clubs and some are looking at developing some videos around sport and fitness.


Finally, we don’t normally run Clubs through August but we will be running this year online to keep the momentum going, and at the request of many of you. However we won’t be doing an August newsletter, so just keep an eye in your inbox for dates for Services.

I’ll bring you an update in September with information on the rest of the year and hopefully an idea of when services will be resuming face to face.
Stay Safe,
Jo

 

 

 

 

 

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