During the summer holiday period, here at Venus we try to raise additional funds to our everyday funded services so that we can provide opportunities for families to spend some quality time together, enjoying new experiences and going to new places.
OOO we're excited that we've had a boss little postcard from our lovely Maeve who we miss loads and who remains part of the magical Venus Web despite being in sunny North Carolina in the USA!
As you know from previous blog posts and from visiting the Centre, (keep up those of you at the back!!) Maeve was a social work student placement who graduated this past summer (Congratulations Maeve, we knew you would do it!!) and has since travelled to the USA for lots of fun and adventure.
Today I thought I'd share with you an insight on how Jo Hughes, our Money Management Programme Worker, supports people to address their financial concerns. Over to Jo...
"I am the debt worker at Venus, offering support to women who are in debt, want advice on benefits, grants, help on household budgeting or money issues.
Over 130 Mums and Kids have just returned from the Venus Annual Summer Residential 2014 in sunny Presthaven Sands.
We arrived at the site on Monday afternoon and after a relatively smooth check in process followed by a short time familiarising ourselves with the site, happy and excited mums and kids started to relax and enjoy the amenities of the park in Welsh sunshine.
As you know from our previous blog posts, we successfully host social work student placements from Universities from around the region, including Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool Hope and Salford Universities. We also host high school student placements for their work experience modules through year 10 and have had students here from local schools such as the Hawthornes and Chesterfield. Throughout the last two weeks, we were happy to host Kaitlyn as our resident work experience student.
We've posted before about our Social Work Student Placements and how helpful they are to the work we do. Maeve recently left us after her placement and we asked her to share her thoughts and experiences with us here. We love sharing our experience and work with students and are really happy when it works out well. Tell us in the comments section what you think about student placements. Over to Maeve...
During the first weekend of June, Venus accompanied the Sefton Play Council on a residential to Yorkshire at the popular Play Away resort for the weekend.
We had barely made our beds on Friday night before the kids were in the outdoor heated pool swimming and the staff having a long overdue cup of tea. The resort is surrounded by acres of green fields and even has a mini farm equipped with guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens where the kids spent many happy afternoons!
This week we have invited our colleagues at Sefton Care Leavers' Centre to share their weekly happenings with us to give you some insight into their progress as they set up this new project. The project was funded through The Big Lottery with extra help from Sefton MBC Community Fund and Youth Work Grants. This new project is managed by Venus and we work in partnership with a steering group consisting of Sefton MBC, Sefton CVS, Parenting 2000 and care leavers. The Centre has been established with the aims of:
Today we completed our Cultural Competency training facilitated by Sefton Equalities Partnership within CVS. Our trainer was Thomasina Afful and we were able to develop our skills and knowledge around cultural issues, such as,
News just in is that our lovely Chief Exec, Lorraine Webb, was nominated for the "Great Grown Up" Award in the YKids Believe Awards. We're really pleased for Lorraine that her hard work and dedication to Children and Young People across Sefton has been recognised through this nomination and we'd like to wish Jan Clarke, Learning Mentor at The Hawthornes School hearty congratulations on her winning the Great Grown Up award at the ceremony held on 8th May. You can find out more about the awards at www.thebelieveawards.co.uk.