Today’s blog for the #BYHPChristmas Campaign about BYHP’s Santa Wish List has:
Five thousand pounds!
This is going to be a much longer post as I think the amount of money deserves some explanation.
It isn't difficult to see that life is tough for charities at the moment with spending cuts, media stories about excessive admin costs, high salaries for managers and limited financial governance in cases like Kids Company.
However, I can only speak as I find and having just joined the charity sector two months ago with BYHP I do not recognise those issues within this small charity.
As you may know, my background is in corporate procurement so obviously a key focus for me was the cost structures of the organisation, but actually looking at them they're pretty lean, very little if any money is spent "unnecessarily" and as with most organisations the vast majority of costs is on the infrastructure of the building and primarily staff salaries, those front line specialists who deliver services to young people and their families and make a life changing difference to their outcomes.
You may not be too up-to-date with how charities are funded but a common misconception is charities gain a lot of their money from the public sector, local authorities etc but in reality, increasingly it is a job of a charity to source funding, bid for money and to apply for grants and trust fund donations.
Today’s blog for the #BYHPChristmas Campaign about BYHP’s Santa Wish List has:
4 packs of first aid kit supplies
As we are very safety conscious and careful here at BYHP we have not had to use many of our 1st Aid kit items, however unfortunately most of the items in our four 1st Aid boxes have now expired or are close to expiring. We would therefore love to receive items with a long expiry date to replace our existing kits, to ensure that we comply with all the relevant Health and Safety regulations.
Staff at The Tibbetts Group Limited in Banbury have already very kindly donated plasters and a complete 1st aid kit but we do still need some more items to replace those in the other 3 boxes, especially blue plasters for our Kitchen 1st Aid box, cleansing/sterilising wipes, disposable gloves and a facemask.
In addition, as we take our young people out on trips, it would be fantastic to have a small portable 1st Aid kit to take with us to ensure we are well prepared in cause of any incidents.
Thursday’s blog for the #BYHPChristmas Campaign about BYHP’s Santa Wish List has:
3 window blinds
We have a lovely modern building down in Chandos Close which Cherwell District Council kindly allows us to be the tenants of, but there are still a few things which have not been installed to enable us to fully use the space.
Following on from yesterday’s blog, sometimes when Unlocking Potential training sessions are taking place, the sun, as nice as it is, shines through the windows and makes it difficult to see the presentations or computer screens, especially at this time of the year when the bright winter sun is low in the sky.
Wednesday brings the second day in our series of blogs about the #BYHPChristmas Campaign and on the 2nd day of December, BYHP’s Santa Wish List has:
2 projector screens
One of the areas of BYHP’s work that is not yet so well know is the employability skills training programme “Unlocking Potential”
It is a five week employability course delivered by qualified professionals and business experts, aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). The sessions are delivered through group discussions, activities, role play, and individual support where required.
The young people on the programme can gain 5 accredited AQA qualifications:- Self-Awareness, Careers & Progression to Working Life, Responsibility of Independent Living, Conflict Resolution and Volunteering, as well as Food Hygiene in Catering Level 2.
From September 2014 to September 2015 of the 88 young people on the Unlocking Potential programme:-
The strategic direction of BYHP is to drive ever greater levels of engagement with external organisations – local schools, businesses, trade and training bodies, charity and community organisations – in order to foster a growing spirit of collaboration, to benefit from skilled professional inputs to make our programme as relevant as possible to the needs of potential employers and consequently to identify and secure partners who will provide opportunities for work experience placements and permanent employment vacancies for the Young People we work with.
As we focus more on training and external engagement with the likes of schools we have become increasingly aware of the frailty of some of our equipment, in particular our projector screen, which has a life of its own and threatens to fall apart if you even look at it in the wrong way !
You have no doubt realised that it is the 1st of December today but you may not know that it is also the International Day of Giving known as #GIVINGTUESDAY http://givingtuesday.org.uk/
We at BYHP have been very fortunate in recent weeks since we launched our #BYHPChristmas Campaign as we have had a number of kind donations given to us, offers of time, goods and money.
Those donations were as a result of a bit of fun we put together at the start of November, a few weeks after I joined BYHP. I asked the team and some of the young people we work with what we urgently needed around the place so that we could suggest options to the many extremely kind people who contact us wanting to support BYHP.
Everyone is gearing up, the media are reaching a frenzy and the nation is ready……………...
This Friday sees the advent of one of (in my humble opinion) the less welcome US imports into the UK, Black Friday and of course it is followed closely behind at the start of next week by its online sibling, Cyber Monday.
The search for that special bargain you didn’t know you even wanted has become almost an Olympic sport for many Brits over the last couple of years since the #BlackFriday phenomenon reached our shores, shopping centres and tablets.
We have all seen TV coverage of people literally fighting over that “greatly reduced” widescreen telly or new games console, gladiator-like prowess on display with people running, jumping and grabbing items to buy that discounted gadget - at the expense of their humility, and dare I say it, humanity. A Hunger Games for the tech consumer with the winner taking the spoils – well, once they have flashed the cash or credit card at least!
The big brand marketing departments are very skilled at making us want what we really don’t need – especially if we perceive it as a bargain, but what is the true cost of the spike in consumerism we see in November every year, to us as people, communities and humans.
As some of you may know, I am a big fan of “Action for Happiness” www.facebook.com/actionforhappiness and their photo sums up the way I feel about all this.....
Saturday saw the launch of BYHP's Christmas campaign with the team's attendance at the Banbury Town Mayor's Christmas Charity Bazaar at the Town Hall.
Since joining BYHP a few weeks ago I have seen the amazing work the team have been doing over the last 25 years and continue to do with local young people who maybe haven't had the easiest start in life.
On a daily basis they are helping families resolve their problems to avoid young people becoming homeless, providing counselling to some young people with chaotic lives and providing advice and support to them in finding the most appropriate and cost effective accommodation to help keep them safe.
In addition, the team does not just deal with "homelessness"; via our employability skills training programme "Unlocking Potential" we help groups of young people build confidence, acquire skills and develop aspirations to move on in their lives by accessing education and training or by obtaining work experience, undertaking volunteering, learning money management and ultimately finding jobs.
We also provide a food bank service for young people, offer opportunities for them to help each other via peer support and we challenge them to develop interests and skills in art, music, cooking and IT via various projects.
In short, BYHP provides a nurturing "family" support network which many of the young people have not been fortunate enough to experience before coming to see us.
The BYHP Big Lunch was a big success thanks to all our supporters and organisers Visit Banbury, Banbury Community, Banbury CAG, Castle Quay Banbury, Banbury Town Council and Hook Norton Brewery. It was a great team effort, thanks to everyone who helped!
It was a real community day; the sun shone, people arrived with their dish for the lunch and our stall holders were there with lots of therapies and fun activities to share. We had a wide range of food from hot dogs and burgers cooked by our young people to samosas and salads and everything was eaten!
We had some fabulous raffle prizes donated by many of our local businesses and there were a lot of happy winners!
The bake off was not dissimilar to the Great British Bake Off and we had our very own Mary Berry type judging panel with Smillies Cakes Pops leading the tasting with Colin and Fran! A very worthy winner was chosen for the generous raffle prize from Castle Quay, Tricia Davis with a delicious gluten free lime and coconut cake. Well done!
Are we going to do it again next year? Mmm, watch this space . . . .
We are very lucky to have Emily email@example.com raising funds for us, training for the half marathon. This is why Emily is pounding the streets on our behalf:-
"I am passionate about supporting local charities and community projects, and the best way for me to do this is to get moving! After a couple of Triathlons I decided this time to concentrate my efforts onto running only - why not!?
I am really excited about raising funds for two great Banbury based projects - BYHP, supporting Banbury's Young Homeless, and VisitBanbury, a community project promoting Banbury, hopefully making it a happier and more appealing place to live, work and visit."
Good luck Emily with your training; Not long to go until 11th October!
To sponsor Emily please follow this link:
Here at BYHP we're hosting a Big Lunch and would love for you to come along! Our Big Lunch is a huge picnic held to support young, vulnerable and homeless people across the town. We're looking to get the whole community involved to raise awareness of BYHP and its work with young people.
The lunch is free to attend, all we ask is that you come along with some food and non-alcoholic drink to share and enjoy the chance to meet some of your neighbors that you didn't know before. There will be a range of food for all dietary requirements, live music, creative arts, games, activities, a big raffle and more!
With support from Visit Banbury, the Banbury Community Action Group, Hook Norton Brewery and Kris Reeder, the lunch is set to be a special occasion.
We hope to see you on September 6th (12 noon until 5pm) in Chandos Close!
Our blog is a great way to stay up to date with current events and projects, stories from our young people and the general goings on at BYHP.