You will recall from previous blog posts that we asked for your support in voting for us in the RBS Skills and Opportunities fund recently. We campaigned on our blog, Facebook and Twitter and so many of you shared and voted. We are so pleased to tell you that from over 1,000 entries and a short-list of 88 organisations thanks to your votes we were one of the lucky winners in the north region and were awarded an amazing- £25,532!!!!!! SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE: http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.rbs.com/winners/winners-in-the-north.html
This money will be used to develop our 1st step employability project and put towards funding accredited courses for the young people that attend these sessions and will massively benefit the young people of Blyth! We were paid a visit recently from representatives from RBS and they witnessed first hand the amazing work that goes into our 1st Step sessions- they were very surprised to learn about the high unemployment rate in the 16-25 age group in the area and were very impressed with the service we offer to help these young people get themselves back into education, training or employment. They chatted with workers and young people and presented us with the cheque, check out the photos that you will also be able to see in the local press soon!
THANK YOU SO SO MUCH TO ALL OF YOU THAT VOTED FROM ALL OF THE STAFF AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT SILX 🙂
We do try and give every night at Silx a theme during our teen bar sessions. Tuesdays and Thursdays are ‘in the mix’ – I’m sure if you have walked through the market place in Blyth between the hours of 5pm and 8pm on these days you will have heard our super talented young people DJing and Mcing. On a Wednesday we focus on all things health and our young people enjoy cooking healthy recipes and learn about the importance of good health and well being (check out our past blog post about our favourite recipes here: https://silxteenbar.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/cooking-up-something-healthy/) Monday at Silx is when the young people get creative and this is what this post is going to be dedicated to- ARTS & CRAFTS.
We make a pretty good team here at Silx and all of the workers play a vital role and have their strengths but when it comes to Art and all things Crafty then the two workers that excel at this particular area are June and Jackie- they are always coming up with fabulous ideas with the young people and making some wonderful creations. Just recently we have kitted out our Arts cupboard so if you are 11-19 and you fancy rolling up your sleeves and having a go at card making, glass painting, model making, tie dyeing and much much more then Silx on a Monday night is the place for you.
This particular activity is very popular- especially with the girls, who knew you could have so much fun and create something so pretty from some beads and a bit of elastic.
All Teens love to have their own space and what better way than to put your stamp on your ‘patch’ aka your bedroom in your parents’ home 😉 than a door sign- Ryan and Abbigail created some very imaginative signs for their doors recently
Photo Frames & Cards
The best gifts are homemade; here are some of our young people making photo frames and cards for their Mam’s on mother’s day.
If you live in Blyth and the surrounding areas, unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months then you would have surely heard all about Punch Drunk Comedy.
Punch Drunk was set up by Gav and Kai Humphries as a comedy night once a month at the Newsham Side Club, but now the Punch Drunk name is much more than a comedy night, yes the nights they run are at the hub of what they do but they have now began what they describe as a ‘community movement’ and are working together with lots of amazing causes to bring the people of Blyth and beyond together.
They are on a mission to make us all laugh and raise a hell of a lot of money and awareness for some fantastic charities in the process. Some of the workers here at Silx have attended the Comedy nights and have been overwhelmed by not only the hilarious comedians but also the amount of time and effort that is put in by Gav and his army to raise money for charities that are close to our hearts (Jackie our Senior Youth Worker tragically lost her beautiful granddaughter Ellie to Meningitis in 2010 and her Son Dan and Daughter in Law Rachel now run the Princess Ellie’s Trust to raise money for the Meningitis Foundation and The PICU at the RVI in memory of Ellie- the Punch Drunk events in Blyth raise money for the trust every month. Sarah our Progression Worker’s niece Jessica was born in 2008 and after a traumatic birth suffers with 4 limb Cerebral Palsy which leaves her unable to walk or talk, she is visually impaired and is peg fed- she attends the Little Miracle’s Group in Ashington which is a beneficiary of The Bradley’s Smile Trust- which the Punch Drunk team raise funds for every month at their Bedlington events)
So, with Punch Drunk in our hearts we invited them down to Silx so they could find out all about what we do to support the younger generation of Blyth. Gav & Lauren came to visit us on 1st June during one of our 1st Step sessions and spoke to our workers and young people and learnt all about Silx, our history and how we work. We discussed the exciting opportunities they have in the pipeline for a Magazine, we are hoping to get involved with this so we can showcase the fantastic work that goes on in Silx and develop activities for local young people. It seems that team Punch Drunk have a lot of good ideas and we are looking forward to supporting their progress…..
Gav & Lauren meeting with Jackie….
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Find out more about Punch Drunk Comedy here: http://punchdrunkcomedy.co.uk/