Working with Community Works

Working with Community Works

June is here … long daylight hours … summer on the horizon … and another Community Works 12-week workshop session is due to start!

Kink, our office pooch, knows when it’s time for our next workshop session as there’s the chance of extra custard creams in the biscuit tin: everyone needs to keep their energy levels up!

So, what are we talking about? What’s this 12-week workshop ‘thing’ all about?

Part of our Community Works project (18 to 25 years olds), we’ve had some Big Lottery funding so young adults can learn some practical skills that will help them throughout their lives.

We, the Futureworks team (Kink included although his spanner skills leave a lot to be desired) help young people learn woodwork, basic plumbing and electrical skills … let’s face it, all of us will need to fix a tap, wire a plug and put up a few shelves as we make our way through life!

Our learners are fully supported by tutors who have years’ experience (sometimes too many to mention) and there are no minimum requirements to join. To make the learning even more fun, we keep the groups small and very welcoming.

And then there’s the community bit!

So you’ve got your kit, you know what to do with it … now it’s time to help people in the big, wide world!

This is nothing to worry about though. Our fully supportive team help leaners to help others and get a great sense of achievement. Some of our Scarborough residents need a bit of assistance here and there and our learners are ready to help where they can.

Our workshops have lots of different goals and outcomes. We help in the wider community. We help our learners develop practical skills. Our learners also gain confidence in a world that can have its challenges.

The learners acquire their skills in a fully supported way with no such thing as a ‘daft question’.

And our next one is due to start June 2019!

Does this sound like something you could join? Are you aged between 18 and 25? Then we’d love to hear from you! You can phone us on 01723 449616, or email us info@futureworksny.co.uk- we’d love to hear from you!

Bows, Arrows and Kayaks … Your Average Day at the Futureworks Office!

Bows, Arrows and Kayaks … Your Average Day at the Futureworks Office!

Well, you can probably imagine it … we’re in the mini-bus, perhaps feeling just that bit too excited as we made our way to Carlton Lodge, near Thirsk.

That’s where the sensibleness ended!

So what does Carlton Lodge do? And why did we go? And, more importantly, did we survive it ?!?!

It’s an activity centre about an hour’s drive from Scarborough.

The site includes tree climbing, axe-throwing, archery, kayaking and high ropes. Definitely a challenge if you’re not a fan of the great outdoors …  however, most of us enjoy fresh air, blue skies (if we’re lucky) and the occasional dip in the water…

So we arrived and our energy levels just about bursting out of the mini-bus!

Like a bunch of excited teenagers … actually, most of us were an excited bunch of teenagers LOL … we checked in and headed for the water area.

Zip wire was the first activity, everyone was scared it was hard climbing the pole onto the platform but everyone managed it with lots of encouragement and positive vibes!  Next on the activity list, raft building and kayaking.

So if you think of boating as being chilled out like Peasholm Lake and the laid-back dragon pedaloes, think again! All the water-based sports need safety kit and training before choosing your boat, donning your helmet and picking up your paddle!

And  not only had water underneath the kayaks, we also had a dousing of rain from above. To be honest, we couldn’t have got any wetter if we’d tried.

And that’s when the fun began, because we all started to laugh … particularly when Sarah managed to roll in her kayak and go underwater. Sarah surfaced with a smile on her face!

After a meal and a bit of sleep, we then tackled axe-throwing and archery.

Axe-throwing is dangerous and you need a good eye … yet we were all okay … and then we came to the archery.

Believe it or not, this is actually quite hard! When you see it on the TV, it looks so easy as in archery they pull back the bow and let the arrow fly.

It’s no wonder it’s an Olympic sport because most of us had sore fingers and arms at the end of it.

Carlton Lodge offers lots of problem-solving activities, so there’s lots to do and we loved our visit.

We feel we hit the bulls-eye with this particular trip as we had a such a laugh, got out into the fresh air and learned to work as a team as well as acquire some new skills.

We’d like to thank the team at Carlton Lodge … we’re sure ‘we’ll be back!’

Over 40 Rides and Lots of Screaming …

Over 40 Rides and Lots of Screaming …

Famous for over 40 rides and lots of screaming … we can only be talking about Alton Towers!

When we first thought about visiting this famous venue, we wondered if perhaps we’d had a bit of wacky idea … however, we’re heading off to the theme park later this month! Hold on to your hats!

So … if the thought of a rollercoaster turns you a pale shade of green, you’re not alone …

The attraction is in the Midlands so we have to get there first before finding our accommodation and settling in.

Alton Towers itself is absolutely huge so we’ll have to be organised before the visit. There are so many rides, we might have to a wish list and see how far we get.

There are some scary names for these rides … Nemesis … Oblivion … The Smiler … Blade … we think some of the team might prefer Postman Pat’s Parcel Post ride!

So as well as a day or two away from Scarborough, what are hoping to get out the Alton Towers trip?

A change of scene … a chance for everyone to experience a world-class attraction … maybe learn a bit of patience if there are lots of queues.
We’re looking forward to the visit as some of our fabulous learners haven’t ventured outside of Scarborough very much so it’s a great opportunity to see motorways, busy towns and have a change of scene.

We’re also hoping to help get some new and useful skills acquired … buying tickets … building confidence … also being away from a familiar setting and getting used to new surroundings.

We are sure some of us will need to ‘have a rest’ after a ride, especially if the rides make some of us feel sick! We’ll just make sure we don’t eat too many hot dogs and ice creams beforehand.

We are really looking forward to it and we’ll update you when we get back. And to keep you interested, here’s five things you (probably) didn’t know about Alton Towers …

You can stay at Alton Towers in a hotel, a tree house, a lodge or even a stargazing pod!

They also host events at Alton Towers including street dance festivals.

The attraction has an extraordinary golf course.

If you fancy a bit of pampering, it also has a spa facility.

The site itself dates back over 200 years while the theme park opened in 1980 (some of weren’t even born then – eek!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the Roaring Twenties for Futureworks Awards!

Back to the Roaring Twenties for Futureworks Awards!

Welcome to our latest blog! We hope you’re all okay!

Well, we’ve got something totally ‘darb’ to announce … in fact, we’re going to be talking about a fantastic ‘sockdollager … if you know your onions’ … confused Don’t be!

The weird and wonderful phrases in the above sentence are words that were used in 1920’s America (and some in the UK, too).

And the 1920’s will be the theme for our special, invite-only, red carpet event on Friday 19th July at The Royal Hotel, Scarborough.

‘Darb’ means something amazing; a ‘sockdollager’ is a special event and ‘know your onions’ doesn’t mean a stint in the kitchen … it means ‘to know what’s going on’!

We’ve had this idea – always dangerous with our team, particularly if too much coffee’s been consumed – and that idea was to have an awards night based around a Roaring Twenties theme.

The event will include a three-course dinner, proper invitations, brilliant table settings and the awards ceremony. The awards will have a fun element as well as recognising the hard work that goes on here at Futureworks NY HQ.

How did we come up with the 1920’s theme, we hear you ask?

We did some brainstorming and created lots of mood boards, which included many different ideas … the Roaring Twenties was the overall favourite.

You know here at Futureworks NY we’ve got a fantastic crew … ages range from 14 to 58, lots of different people with all sorts of stories to tell. All our learners aspire to make changes and improve their life journeys.

So our Roaring Twenties event will be a chance for some serious motivation, celebration and achievement.

As we LOVE cake – actually any food is great by us! – sorting out the delicious menu for the evening is our first priority, followed by ordering the trophies for ‘the big night’, and designing the invites.

And this is just the start …

We’re looking forward to putting the table settings together, getting the guest list ready and of course, one of the best parts of the event is to get all glammed up!

Our Co ...

Thanks to Our Co… on Northway, the prom dresses are sorted.

We’re also going to be looking at getting some fantastic prizes for the evening … watch this space!

The ladies are going to have their hair and make-up done and look gorgeous on the night.  The guys can dig out their dinner suits, dickie bows and be gallant gentlemen for the event.

We’ll keep you posted on this blog as this exciting project takes shape. Hopefully by the 19th July everything will be ‘jake’ (alright) on the night!

Working with So… Visualise

Working with So… Visualise

Hello to our lovely blog readers and might I say you’re looking radiant today…

Our most recent posts have been introducing our staff. This time, we thought we would take a break from our intro’s and put our learners in the limelight.

Futureworks currently work with people aged 14 up to 58 years old (we won’t mention names…) We have a diverse range of people – and when we say diverse, we really do mean it! Our clients include a professional chef, two former nurses and a lady with a law degree. We have busy mums, learners who are looking to go to university and people who are looking to completely change careers or need some direction.

Recently, our younger learners were tasked with explaining “what do you think we do at Futureworks?” (Thankfully they didn’t reply with, “eat lot’s of cake”). Their responses included the following:

“Making friends and meeting new people”         “Support”

“Have a laugh”              “Gets me out of bed”         “Achieve qualifications”

“A better future”      “Inspire”      “Help looking for jobs”

“Helping to grow confidence”                  “Keeping me out of trouble”

“Learning skills to prepare me for the future”

Above all, our learners all have one thing in common: They aspire to make a change.

At Futureworks, we pride ourselves on the fact that we really do make a difference to people’s lives. We encourage, motivate, believe, and celebrate success. Our younger learners are able to sit and chat with our ‘more mature’ learners and everyone is here to achieve their own goals. We think outside the box and we’re very good at finding solutions to the most obscure problems! We have an open door policy (unless we’re having an off day -in which case the door will be locked, firmly bolted and we’ll be hiding behind it with a bottle of Baileys and a Black Forest Gateau…)

Okay, so we know that we can’t change the world but we recognise that with the right support, we can be a part of someones success. And that’s sick! (To quote the learners.)

Recent and on-going projects are shown in the photo’s – the learners gave our classroom some much needed colour (sunglasses are optional). They are also working with Lisa Borrie from So Visualise to help create props for shows. We hope to continue this  successful partnership in the future.

So, until next time… take care and don’t forget your emergency Kit-Kat on long journeys.

P.S We still have a house for sale if there are any takers???

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Life on the Frontline

Life on the Frontline

Hello everyone. Due to the on-going success of our renovation blog we have decided to continue this platform to keep you up to date on the goings-on of Futureworks.

Our blog will introduce our staff to you over the coming weeks and months and share the fun and inspirational stories that our learners provide us with. We want to celebrate their achievements and let you know about any forthcoming events.

This week, the blog is looking at Action Towards Inclusion (ATI) – a programme that is aimed at those who are aged 18+ and have barriers that are preventing them from moving forward. These barriers may include health issues, long-term unemployment or lack of qualifications. We work one-to-one with clients to address the issues they face and look to find possible solutions. We can also offer Maths and English qualifications up to Level 2 for those who wish to learn.

Our Keyworker is Wendy:

 

Wendy is a shy and retiring member of the team… (??????!!!!!!!) She has established some really positive relationships with her clients and feels that the programme has been invaluable to everyone who has engaged so far.

We have seen participants starting work or university when they previously lacked the self-confidence or qualifications to help them achieve their goal. We have also been able to help clients to access counselling and art therapy.

ATI looks to celebrate the success of our participants and we are regularly invited to The Big Thinking Events where we get to listen to the inspirational stories of those who have established ways to move forward. The guest speaker at our last event was Richard McCann who spoke about the impact that the death of his Mother had on him and his sisters, telling us how he has dealt with the highs and lows of life.

Here is Wendy getting told off by Richard McCann and then another once they’d made friends…

If you are aged 18+ and think that ATI could help you – give us a ring on: 01723 449616 for more information. We currently have availability on the programme and you would be made very welcome. Wendy makes a lovely cup of tea and sometimes she treats you to biscuits. But only on special occasions.

Next time …

Join us to find out more about our new member of staff, Jodi. She is working with our young people and has loads of ideas and energy!!