Young People's Newsletter - April 2020

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Whizz-Kidz Newsletter – Young People’s Services April 2020

We wanted to get in touch and let you know what we’re up to in Whizz-Kidz whilst we’re unable to see you face to face. 

You will be aware of advice from Public Health Authorities and measures in place by Government to enact social distancing. Last month we wrote to you to explain we had postponed services for April and based on Government guidance, this now extends to May and June as well.  We will be keeping in touch about when services in each region start up again.

At the end of this newsletter is an update on what we have been doing this year in all of the regions, however there are lots of ways you can get involved now with Whizz-Kidz as well:

BBC Lifeline Appeal:

Many of you will of heard that unfortunately the Marathon is delayed until October. Even without the marathon going ahead, we’ve got lots of exciting activities Whizz-Kidz will be taking part in on Sunday. Firstly, we’ve got the TwoPointSixChallenge challenge, this can be any activity you like – from exercising over 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends. Check out our page if you want to get involved – http://tinyurl.com/y8kgzw7o

We’ll then be appearing on BBC One for our Lifeline appeal – this is an amazing opportunity to shout from the roofs about the life changing work Whizz-Kidz does. We’ll be joined by some exciting faces from television, alongside a couple of local celebs from the Kidz Board !

Tell everyone to tune in at 13:50! And if they miss it, they can watch it back here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/appeal/lifeline

Poundland:

Self-Isolating?  Let Poundland deliver your essential items
One of our corporate partners, Poundland, are teaming up with Whizz-Kidz to help support those who are unable to travel to the shops independently, or are left particular isolated by Coronavirus.  They have kindly offered to donate and deliver a bag of essential items to anyone in the Whizz-Kidz community, including; Bread, Milk, Cereal, Eggs, Tea/Coffee, Sugar, Toothpaste, Soup, Pasta and Biscuits.

Please contact Josh on j.trott@whizz-kidz.org.uk to find out more.

Thanking our Volunteers:

Whizz-Kidz always thanks our Volunteers in June for National Volunteer Week. This year Volunteer Week is the 1st to 7th June and we will be doing lots of thank you’s and rewards. If you have a volunteer in your Club who has helped you let us know! Send me an e mail to volunteering@Whizz-kidz.org.uk and tell us why they are so fab, and we’ll make sure they get a special thank you.

Can you say Thank You to our funders? 

We’re looking for some people to do some videos for us thanking our partners, individuals who take part in events like the London Marathon, and funders.  The videos will be shared on  Social media and sent to companies and individuals to keep them up to date on what we’re doing, thank them for their support and motivate them to keep on fundraising!   If you want to get involved let us know by contacting your local Manager who will get out Communications team to get in touch.

Do you fancy attending our services online?

Over the coming weeks, we are setting up some online services and your local Managers will be in touch with dates and opportunities. This is new to Whizz-Kidz so once you’ve taken part let us know what you think by sending us your feedback – good or bad – and letting us know what else you’d like to do until we can meet face to face again.

Here are a couple ideas of what we have planned, but more to follow:

• An online session with UNICEF which explore the rights of the child. This will be for any young person from Whizz-Kidz that would like to learn more about their rights.
• Online wheelchair dance session for young people to take part in from your own home
• Employability Support through CV workshops and goal setting
• A virtual cookery club
• A virtual Choir

My Achievements

What is My Achievements?
‘My Achievements’ is a personal development programme for young people who attend Whizz-Kidz services. Our aim is to encourage young people to recognise and celebrate their own achievements, and to encourage them to develop new skills and confidence.

What's the point

You'll develop skills and be able to prove that you can set goals and work towards them. You'll have a heap of evidence to show what you've achieved, you'll get certificates, end of year reports, and you'll have loads to talk about in future interviews, for example.

What can I do to complete Achievements at home?

Below are a list of idea of activities you could do to complete achievements in your own home:

- Learn a skill that you have not done before. It could be Making a Cup of Tea, Changing a Lightbulb or Planting some seeds. Video yourself doing the skill and send this through to us to gain an achievement. Ensure you ask the help of an adult during this activity.
- Design and Build a Lego / Duplo Structure that you have not created before. To gain the Achievement you will need to Submit a Picture of your finished article
- Design a picture with things that you can find in the garden. Take a Picture and send it through to Whizz-Kidz.
- Make a Video Diary or written log of how you keeping active and healthy at home. In the video talk about some of the challenges of staying healthy when you cannot go outside.  Send this through to us to gain an achievement
- Learn how to stay safe online  by taking this online safety quiz – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/fundraising/number-day/number-day-resources-2019/online_safety_quiz_ks3.pdf  Once you have done the quiz get your parents to mark it for you and send it back to us.
- Do something that will benefit another person. It could be something a simple as making a video to cheer up their day to sending a card or a letter that may be by themselves.  Take a picture and send a short description of what you did to gain the achievement.
- Take part in the online Rights of the child workshops being delivered by Whizz-Kidz. After the workshop talk about what you have learnt and either submit a video of this or a written  log.

All submissions can be sent to myachievements@whizz-kidz.org.uk We very much look forward to seeing what you are achieving at home.


Finally, below is an update on our regions. We hope you enjoy finding out what has been happening around the country.

Keep in touch and keep safe everyone and we can’t wait to see you as soon as we can
Thanks

Jo - Associate Director of Young People's Services

 

London: 

London Club:
We kicked off 2020 at the Hackney Club with a Wild Science workshop including animal encounters and an amazing star gazing experience in our indoor planetarium in March. We have been enjoying our free choice options of cooking club, with recipes planned by our young leader, and arts and crafts with clay modelling. In March, we found out some of our artwork is shortlisted for the London Youth Visual Arts Competition and last week we discovered we had won an award! The youth art exhibition at the Science Gallery has now been re-scheduled to the Autumn (more exciting details to follow). Stayed tuned for some virtual club sessions over coming weeks – think wheelchair yoga and baking! In the meantime, we are busy planning an action packed schedule to finish the year on a high, including more wheelchair skills and sports sessions, introduction to coding, Challenge 75, and re-scheduling our Family Sailing Day with Sail-ability. Watch this space!

 

Mayor’s Fund Project:
In April, members of the Mayor’s Fund Campaign Team were invited to present their vision for a more accessible and inclusive London at the Stories of Our City Event at City Hall and consult with the GLA’s supported internship scheme. We’ve now re-arranged this fantastic opportunity for the autumn and, over coming weeks, will be meeting virtually to re-design our access audit tool so we can continue to provide vital accessibility support remotely to both employers and youth groups across London, until we can bring our team back together for an end of year celebration and showcase.

Supporting your Employability Opportunities:
The Whizz-Kidz London team have had a brilliant start to the year. We have been able to provide young people with some exciting opportunities to meet employers and learn new skills. Some of the work experience placements have included:
- TV broadcasting with BT Sport, learning how to edit films and review promotional videos.
- Working with the media and radio teams at the British Council, learning how to use some of their software and support data entry
- Supporting Whizz-Kidz in reviewing and creating interesting social media content.

When services resume work experience placements with a range of companies from Uber and Tesco’s will be available. Employability Skills Days will be available for you to learn new skills, from using LinkedIn to presenting skills.  We will also be offering some new coaching services such as CV surgeries, application reviews or spending some time to talk and explore volunteering, education or employment options and set some goals. 

Wales:

Our last club saw some huge achievements for young people in Wales. We visited Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre in Cardiff where they made rock climbing accessible for all. Many of our group had never tried rock climbing before so we’re quite anxious about the idea of being that high up. That being said, all young people attempted the climb at their own paces and many got right to the top! It was a very proud moment for everyone involved to see the achievements the young people made on that day. Well done to everyone who came down and pushed themselves out of their comfort zones.

This is Callum, our resident Adrenaline Junkie! He put the climbing team through their paces making them pull him up the wall as fast as possible. I think he climbed the wall over 50 times in one day! “Again! Again!”

We are really looking forward to the summer months where we have lots of exciting activities planned. Our main event will be the Speed of Sight Track Day Experience on July 29th where 25 lucky young people will be able to experience what it is like to drive a real race car! Spaces for this event are limited so please get in touch ASAP to book your space – j.simonson@whizz-kidz.org.uk or 07867128154

Scotland:

We have had a great start with young people in Edinburgh visiting Butterfly World and seeing the beautiful butterflies as well as some creepy crawlies too. Glasgow had a visit to Amazonia, an indoor rainforest where they too got to meet some creepy critters and also had a game of ten pin bowling. In Aberdeen the theme remained the same with the Creepy Critters entertaining all. In March our theme was movement and dance, the young people really enjoyed the dance sessions in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but we sadly had to postpone our Aberdeen club.

Two of the young people in Scotland have undertaken work placements, one with the British Council and another at the Glasgow Science Centre. Feedback from these was great and we will look forward to more work placements for young people in the future.

Since the Covid19 situation has meant that we cannot get together each month the Whizz-Kidz team here in Scotland have been working hard to be creative and come up with some online interactive workshops, future career planning, story telling, dance/movement and a singing workshop with a soul choir. We have been planning for when life settles down again and it is safe for us to get together, organising the under 18s camps which we think will have a magical theme (Harry Potter style) and some family fun days where we can all get together and celebrate being able to socialise again and enjoy each others company… more to come on these as these plans unfold!

North England:

At the Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Birmingham Clubs we have launched the year with some incredible activities. These have included a trip to Liverpool Football club for a stadium tour, Lego Robotics, NERF wars, New Age Kurling, Fencing and Wheelchair dance. In our sports coaching programme the young people have been learning about peer mentoring and how to deliver sports sessions to other young people. In the North we have also delivered 15 Wheelchair skills sessions to help young people gain confidence and independence.

When we return on later in the year, young people from the North of England will have the opportunity to do Virtual Reality Gaming, Electronic Music Making, Swimming, Sailing, visit an Accessible High Ropes activity, Visit Magna Science Centre in Sheffield and visit Attingham Park. The sport coaching placements for the Comic Relief project will also take place in the later half of the year and we will be looking to set up the sports coaching project in Manchester as well.

 South England:

Services in the South began this year with our Celebration Events at The Eden Centre in the South East and National Star College in the South West. The event gave young people and their families a chance to take part in some new activities as well as reflect on everyone’s achievements from last year.


In February and March in the South East we have enjoyed a mix of activities including a visit to RHS Garden Wisley which included admiring the Giant Houseplant Takeover Exhibition and creating terrariums to take home.  We also had the opportunity  to  review the accessibility of the gardens and give some great ideas to ensure  the new education centre is a great learning environment for everybody.

In the South West we have enjoyed a visit from Chiltern Music Therapy where we wrote our own songs and performed them showing some great creativity.  Exeter enjoyed a workshop from GreenUpYourAct and made purses and wallets, guitar pics and notebooks all out of recycled materials alongside learning all about how we can live a more sustainable life, even if it’s just with minor changes. GreenUpYourAct kindly gave us all butterflies that has seeds in them so we can plant our own flowers and we will be sharing our plant growing progress at the end of the year!

In February, Mason completed three days of work at MINI plant in Cowley, Oxford. During his time there, Mason got to see the process of how MINI cars are designed and manufactured, and was able to learn how an office environment works. He spent time working in HR, admin, finance and IT. Mason is studying IT at college and hopes to work in the IT sector when he is older, so this was a really useful and interesting experience for him.

 

 


 

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