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January 2017

 

Welcome and congratulations to our new Chief Executive, Claudia Slabon, who’s took up her new duties from the 1st January 2017.

December 19th 2016

 

We had a big delivery from The Faraway Children's Charity on behalf of Pitsford School. The children and their families donated lots of wonderful presents for vulnerable and disadvantage children and young people we are working with.  We also received presents from a local vineyard which were left over from their Santa's grotto. This Christmas we will hopefully make many more children & young people smile and feel a little bit of happiness. A huge thank you to everyone who donated . We will take pictures when giving out the presents.

December 16th 2016

 

A huge thanks to Maziak and all their staff for raising a fantastic £600 for Service Six. The money was raised by staff participating in ‘Wear your Xmas jumper to work day’ and Maziak's Xmas Party Raffle. The money raised in the 2 events was kindly matched by Maziak. The money will go a long way to helping in one of our clubs.

December 16th 2016

 

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has allocated grants totalling £95,000 to community & voluntary sector organisations for 2017-20.

 

Organisations were invited to put in applications for the grants in the various themes and their proposals were considered by a panel of councillors. The decisions on the final awards were made by the council’s Policy and Resources committee in December 2016.

 

Each application for the three year Community Support Grant (CSG) had to demonstrate how the organisation would tackle local issues under three key themes - Debt Management, Counselling and Support and Community Transport.

 

The Counselling and Support theme grant has been awarded to Service Six who offer counselling, support and positive activities to the children, young people, families and communities of Northamptonshire. Service Six will use the grant to improve counselling and support services across East Northamptonshire including access to specialist services around mental health issues.

December 13th 2016

 

Regional Charity, Service Six, is celebrating winning a second major Big Lottery Fund grant in a three month period. BLF have awarded a further £401,432 for Service Six to work with disadvantaged children and young people in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

 

The three year full-time project, ‘Targeting And Reducing Grooming Exploitation & Trading of Children Online,’ (TARGET) is set to begin in April 2017 and will support 900+ youngsters aged 5 to 18 years all of whom will be identified as at risk of or already affected by online sexual exploitation and abuse.

 

Service Six launched the TARGET project in 2015 after their data indicated a 21% increase in young people presenting with negative online experiences since 2012 and noted a significant gap in bespoke online sexual exploitation intelligence and services. Subsequent project research with 826 young people undertaken between late 2015 and Summer 2016 showed that over half of young people are regularly contacted by strangers online, over a third have received indecent sexual images and over a quarter have sent indecent sexual images. Furthermore, over 20% have been asked to meet with strangers and 8% had agreed. Most shockingly less than 1% of young people had shared any of this information with an adult. Disadvantaged young people were shown to be at the highest risk being 21% less likely to report online sexual exploitation to an adult.

Project beneficiaries will increase their online protective behaviours, improve their wellbeing and increase their transferable knowledge and skills. The project activities will include a youth designed free online App to promote protective behaviours online. ‘Support to Report’ services, youth led educational workshops and an annual conference will be organised to cascade project learning.

September 2016

 

Regional Charity, Service Six, is celebrating winning a major Big Lottery Fund grant of £324,700 to work with disadvantaged children and young people in Milton Keynes.

 

The three year, ‘Youth Starz,’ project is set to begin in November and will support 350+ youngsters aged 4 to 19 years all of whom will be identified as vulnerable and hard to reach. Based at Service Six’s Coffee Hall Community Centre the project will offer bespoke support programmes for individuals and a range of free activities and support services targeted within the Woughton and MK City areas.

Assistant Chief Executive, Claudia Slabon said, ‘Service Six is over the moon about the grant award but young people within the areas are the real winners. We are really excited about our new project and can only see positive benefits for vulnerable children and communities. This is a real opportunity to develop our existing success and outcomes and make sure that together we are reaching the most disadvantaged young people with the best range and quality of services.’

 

 

The grant award follows a successful consultation with over 250 young people residing within the area to identify their needs and interests which has helped to shape the project which will initially focus on free sporting activities, in particular football academies, also arts, crafts and cookery. The venture will include nationally accredited youth volunteering opportunities to cascade support to other disadvantaged groups in the community so participants increase their transferable abilities throughout the project and pass on their energy and learning.

 

 

The project will enable young people to increase their life skills and they will be supported to actively run the project and gain other valuable competencies including communication, team work whilst improving their wellbeing. The project aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, increase school attendance and attainment towards raising aspirations and increasing the life chances of children struggling with often complex and chaotic lives.

June 2016

 

On Monday 13th June, Service Six held an awards ceremony at Kettering Conference Centre, to celebrate the success and completion of the three year big lottery funded Youth Starz Project. The Youth Starz Project began at Service Six in July 2013, funded through the Big Lottery, for three years. The project worked within three targeted areas of Northamptonshire in relation to their needs. The aims and targets of the project were to work with young people, to allow them the opportunity to gain transferable life skills, improve their wellbeing and happiness levels, develop young leaders and to participate in community based volunteering activities for the benefit of other community groups. The project successfully over achieved the targets and saw a reduction of anti-social behaviour within the areas, improved school attendance and increased levels of wellbeing. Throughout the past three years, the Youth Starz Project successfully supported 448 individual young people, 23 community projects and saw over 160 young people gain accredited volunteering. The projects and 1:1 support delivered were shaped upon what the young people wanted. Covering issues such as child sexual exploitation, self-harm, drug and alcohol awareness, community safety, budgeting, parenting and many more. The awards ceremony saw 61 young people receive awards such as, best personal journey, most improved young person and young leader of the area. The awards ceremony was attended by young people, parents, professionals and Kettering Mayor Cllr Scott Edwards.

July 2016

 

Hemmingwell Fund Day-The Safer Stronger Neighbourhood Partnership held a community fun day on the Hemmingwell Estate on 16 July 2016. More than 20 partner agencies (including us) attended, as well as around 1,000 residents, making the day an amazing success. More than 120 questionnaires were completed, which has proved useful in identifying priorities the community would like to see; as a result, partners are coming together to deliver more sport sessions and music sessions for local people over the summer.

March 2016

 

Our StreetWise services contributed in Raunds towards a reduction in youth anti-social behaviour of 39% and no reports of young people being involved in criminal damage for the last three months of the period we have been working in Raunds. More than 27 young people achieved positive outcomes including a reduction of alcohol use, young people benefited from positive adult role models and were informally educated about healthy & unhealthy Relationships. Between June 2015 and September 2015 our StreetWise services contributed in Higham Ferres to a reduction of 20% in youth anti-social behaviour and a decrease in criminal damage with no reports being noted by the police. Between October 2015 and December 2015 our StreetWise services contributed towards a reduction of youth anti-social behaviour of 52% when compared to 2014 figures. Over 50 young people between the ages of 8 to 17 engaged with our StreetWise team. Young People achieved positive outcomes including getting their voice heard at the Town Council concerning the local skate park and associated graffiti, taking pride in their local area and breaking barriers down with the local communities by undertaking a litter pick and clean-up campaign and were informally educated about drug and alcohol use.

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June 2017

TARGET Champions

Our Target Champions and Team have been hard at work over the past few weeks.  They have been learning new skills, developing their knowledge of online protective behaviours and how to support young people from the dangers online.  The champions have worked with us to collate information from our consultations, to ensure our helpline and app is shaped to the needs of the young people. They will be looking to work in schools and the community to assist disadvantaged young people who are at risk or have been affected by online grooming, exploitation and trading.

June 2017

Beanfield Primary School

On Thursday 15th June year 6 students from Beanfield Primary in Corby spent the afternoon with our TARGET Team.  The young people participated in the high energy interactive workshops and learnt about the dangers of the online world and how to keep themselves safe.  The TARGET Team will be continuing to deliver a wide variety of workshops at the school throughout the rest of the year.

June 2017

Our Last Session At Raunds

We had great fun at Raunds Youth Club last night for our last session. All our regulars showed for a final session. We had lots of fun things to do including play dough, stress balls and cake decorating. The table football was very popular. Young people wrote some very heart felt letters and Thank you cards relating how the youth clubs have helped them and their wellbeing.

 

Service Six would like all the young people and parents who have supported this initiative over the past year. Thank you also to Raunds County Council for commissioning this Service.

 

 

June 2017

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May 2017

RECRUITMENT OPEN DAY

We are currently recruiting for:

Sessional Counsellors (fully qualified)

Sessional Support Plus Practitioners

Student Counsellors

to provide vital support services to the most vulnerable people in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. We offer competitive pay and career development.

 

Please come and explore your options at our recruitment day on

Friday 16th June, 10am—4pm

where you will be given the opportunity to meet staff and ask questions about the roles.

 

Successful candidates will be invited to a skills assessment on

Monday 19th June between 9am—5pm.

 

If you are interested, please contact Chrystelle Boudin

to express your interest: and to submit your CV:

Phone: 01933 277520 Email: chrystelle.boudin@servicesix.co.uk

We are looking forward meeting you!

April 2017

Donation Received From Rushden Mayor

 

Today we had the pleasure to received from Tracey Smith, Rushden Mayor the sum of £986.93.

We were delighted that her son has chosen to give the money to Service Six. Tracey's son , who is 13 years old, is being supported by our service and in Tracey's words "He has come a long way and thanks to Service Six for working with my son and helping him to feel listen too"  a special Thank you to Pep our Youth Support Practitioner who is working with Tracey's son on a 1 to 1 basis.