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CHIEF EXECUTIVES BLOG
One of the core tasks of SCVYS is to represent a wonderfully diverse
and innovative voluntary youth sector at a variety of tables, ensuring
that wherever possible any available resources are deployed in a
beneficial way to you as frontline groups. Sometimes this means we
need to ask you for information, occasionally with very short
timescales. We try to do this as infrequently as possible, aiming to
capture as much as possible through the annual census, meaning the
rest of the year you are free to get on with the primary role of
providing a vast array of positive activities for local children and
Another of our tasks is ensuring consultation with children and young people is meaningful,
effective and efficient, reducing the amount of requests for their opinions, whilst also holding
people to account for acting on children and young people’s views. We are working closely with
partners to find a way to ask some broad questions annually to inform a wide range of strategies
that may impact on Staffordshire’s youth thereby reducing the endless consultation requests.
In many ways SCVYS is a connecting bit between the whole Staffordshire picture and the
voluntary youth sector. This connecting part provides a channel both ways, so as well as
disseminating information, we can advocate around specific challenges you may be facing, and
even connect you to people who can respond. If you get a moment to reflect over the
forthcoming Easter break, and you think of something that SCVYS can take up on your behalf,
please let us know.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter
SCVYS, 42a Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LY 1
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SCVYS Bid Farewell to the Us2 Project
After two very successful years the Us2 project is coming to an
end. SCVYS are sad to be saying goodbye to Jessica Wilkes-
Mellor and Nick Hulley who have worked tirelessly in providing
opportunities for young people living in rural communities of
Stafford and Staffordshire Moorlands.
On the 3rd March Nick and Jess took a group of young people to
Alton Towers to create an evaluation DVD and a Rural Youth
Strategy to leave as a lasting legacy for the communities they
have worked with.
In February half term Jess and Nick arranged events in Weston
and Bagnall to say thank you to these communities for all their
hard work and support over the last 2 years. Nick delivered a
bushcraft and shelter building day near Jacksons Nurseries and
Jessica had a High Ropes and Climbing wall at Weston Village
A huge thanks goes to parish councils, schools, youth clubs and
most importantly the young people who have been involved with
the Us2 project.
SCVYS First Aid Training
Here at SCVYS we now have our own First Aid Trainer – Lisa Corbett. She is qualified to teach a full range of Health and
Safety Executive approved courses ranging from the basic 6-hour Emergency First Aid at Work Course to the full 3-day
Prices have been set so as to be highly competitive (if not FREE) for SCVYS members and courses are planned to run
throughout the year primarily at evenings and weekends so that volunteers can access them easily. Whilst there is a set
syllabus including resuscitation, choking and dealing with wounds and bleeding, Lisa does try to tailor the contents
towards the needs of those youth groups attending.
Next dates and courses as follows:
Emergency First Aid at Work – 6 hours
Saturday 24 th March, 9.30 – 4.30 p.m. Venue TBC. This course is FREE but filling up fast!
Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June – 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Venue TBC
40 for associate members 30 for full members
First Aid at Work – 3 days
25 th – 27th May – 9.30 – 4.30 p.m. Venue TBC . Participants must attend all 3 days.
130 for associate members 110 for full members
Places are strictly limited to 12 per session.
Remember, if the cost of attending any of these courses is prohibitive because your group has insufficient funds, then
please contact us as we do have a small ‘training bursary’ fund and may be able to help out.
One of the participants on the last course Lisa ran said “The most effective I’ve been on”. Praise indeed!
SCVYS, 42a Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LY 2
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It’s not my responsibility?
About 20 years ago when I was working in a school based youth club
in East Staffs, I was asked by my line manager to attend a training
course called ‘Better Safe than Sorry’. From the title I assumed that
this course would introduce me to the delights of local Health and
Safety policy and prepare me for filling out countless risk assessment
On the day of the course I was introduced to the concept of Child Protection, a real shock as I had gone
there expecting Health and Safety! As the day progressed, lots of questions were asked and I took part in a
number of activities that introduced me to how to identify a child that was being abused or neglected. The
key message I took away from the training was that child protection is everyone’s responsibility and as a youth
worker, all I needed was to be aware of what to look for and what to do if a child told me or I identified that
they were at risk or were putting others at risk.
I am lucky that over my career I have only been faced with a handful of situations that have required me to
even contemplate putting my Child Protection training into action. What really helped me in these situations
was having the key knowledge of how to react in the situation, where to look for my club’s policy and
procedures and that if needed, I had the support of ‘the professionals’ at the end of a phone.
Since then child protection has developed into safeguarding and as workers with direct contact with children
and young people our role has changed, or has it? Safeguarding now encompasses child protection and a
number of other areas of work. We have Safeguarding Boards in each local authority area with responsibility
for making sure that we have access to quality training, that our policies and procedures are robust, that we
know where to go and what to do as well as investigating when things go wrong and helping us to learn from
As youth workers and volunteers our role hasn’t changed much at all. We are still responsible for delivering
the fantastic array of positive activities to the children and young people we work with, for making sure that
the activities we organise are safe for them to participate in and ensuring that they are safe from harm in
whatever guise it presents itself. To do this our policies and procedures need to be up to date and enable our
volunteers and staff members to be able to react, whatever the situation.
One way of checking that your policies and procedures are up to date and that you have the right ones in
place, is to use a self assessment toolkit. The toolkit that I recently used for SCVYS review was provided by
the Safe Network, managed by NSPCC, Children England and Child Accident Prevention Trust.
You can find it at: http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/resources/safe_network_standards/self_assessment_tool/
This toolkit takes a very simple approach to safeguarding and took about 10 minutes to complete. All you
need to do is answer some simple questions about the policies and procedures that you have in place and how
you use them. If you don’t have them it gives you downloadable examples that you can change to meet the
needs of your group. At the end of the questions the software presents you with an action plan/report on how
to get your policies and procedures up to date. The website itself is impressive, full of information, examples
and lots of sound advice including case studies, sample policies and resources.
This is a must visit website for anyone working with children and young people.
SCVYS, 42a Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LY 3
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The National Youth Charity V, is running a FREE programme called 'Summer of a Lifetime' in partnership with National
Citizen Service and the Dame Kelly Homes Trust which is aimed at young people in year 11 who have just completed their
GCSEs and who are up for a challenge over their summer.
The National Citizen Service Programme is a Big Society initiative, supporting young people from all backgrounds to work
together, take on new challenges, have fun and engage in their communities - making lifelong friends along the way. It is
a free programme and all insurance, accommodation, transport and food costs are covered.
SCVYS in partnership with three other organisations in Staffordshire are working together and covering a specific area of
the county to recruit. We are recruiting from South Staffordshire and Cannock. Our partners are running it in other
districts within the county. If you are interested in the programme and live elsewhere in the county, please contact
SCVYS office for information on programmes being run in your area. (Residential weeks may differ)
The SCVYS NCS ‘Summer of a Lifetime’ programme is a structured programme which consists of five distinct phases:
Phase 1: Two-day induction event. Young people will meet their team - Will run between 25th -29th June 2012
Phase 2: 'Away' Residential. This will take place at PGL Outdoor Education Centre in Shropshire and will focus on team
building and challenge as well as mixing with other young people from different parts of the UK (2nd -6th July 2012)
Phase 3: The ‘home’ residential. This will take place on the canals of South Staffordshire where we will live on Narrow
Boats for four nights and will concentrate on participant’s building skills on themes of personal and social development
(9th - 13th July 2012)
Phase 4: Young people will research and design a Community Social Action Project in consultation with the local
community in smaller teams (16th - 29th July 2012)
Phase 5: Young people will deliver their chosen project within the community. This phase is then concluded with an
award presentation to reflect all that the young people have achieved during the summer (30 hours over a 3-4 week
To register an interest for this programme, please click on
http://vinspired.com/summer-of-a-lifetime/pages/about-summer-of-a-lifetime or contact the SCVYS office on
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Firm Foundations Activity Members Spotlight
We are currently recruiting young
people aged between 18-24 years
old to become an Activity Instructor
You will live on site and all your The key event at Burton and District YMCA this winter has been our third
training and meals are paid for and annual “Sleep Out” which raised £20,000 – more than double our total for
you will earn £200 per month. the previous year – and helped to massively raise local awareness of
You will receive training in
Archery,Fencing,Climbing,Life More than 100 people slept rough in the stands of Burton RFC’s Peel Croft
Guard, Paddle Sport, Orienteering ground and outside the town’s St Modwen’s Church to take part in the
and many more and gain Nationally charity fund raiser on November 11.
Burton and District YMCA chief executive Paul Laffey said: “Clearly, these
For more information please visit are difficult times for many people thanks to the generally tough
www.firmfoundationsacuk.co.uk or economic conditions but the Sleep Out saw a really superb turnout from
contact Jon Munt on 07714307865 across Burton with people from all kinds of backgrounds and all kinds of
or email@example.com organisations – from individuals to major companies – coming forward to
The total we have raised will help us to continue our work at a point in
time when issues such as homelessness and food shortages are growing and
very real problems in the area.”
Do you have a good news story
you want to share with us and Other activities for Burton and District YMCA included “Busk for Burton”,
which saw a dozen pianists take part in a weekend-long piano busk at the
other members? Do you need
town’s Octagon and Coopers Square shopping centres – as well as a Santa
volunteers or helpers at your Dash across the riverside Washlands.
Away from fundraising, a new “Life Skills Centre” designed to help
Burton’s homeless young people move on to independent living was
Then submit your articles and opened in December. Part of the charity’s Milton House complex, it is
photographs for the Summer being used as the base for a Life Skills course open to the more than 50
Newsletter homeless people who currently make use of the organisation’s
accommodation in the area.
by emailing Debbie or Jess on
firstname.lastname@example.org Designed to sit alongside any other education or training they are
deadline for content is the 7th undertaking, the course will lead to a certificate that can be used to place
them in a priority band on Trent and Dove Housing’s waiting list. Subjects
covered include rights and responsibilities, budgeting, time management,
shopping and food, and the skills needed to find a job.
Sue Hamilton of Burton and District YMCA, said: “The fundamental part of
our work with homeless young people is to help them move on from our
accommodation and live independently. We already help them to find
appropriate training and education that makes them more attractive to
employers. However, they also need to learn a range of practical living
skills and the Life Skills course is designed to meet this need.”
SCVYS, 42a Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LY 5
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Members News Bites
STOKE YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE are putting on a production of 'Pippin'
Stafford Lancers need between 20th-24th March 2012. They are offering reductions of 50% to
charities & voluntary groups for group bookings of 20+ tickets for the
volunteers to get them on Wednesday & Thursday evenings and Saturday Matinee.
PIPPIN - 'Good Cause Group Discount' available to 'good cause' groups -
Stafford Lancers are looking for charities/schools/youth/voluntary/theatre groups book 20 or more tickets
qualified HGV drivers to be part
of a team of volunteers who & get a massive 50% reduction (Weds/Thurs/Sat Matinee) - use for
provide much needed transport fundraising/social activity - our way of supporting our fellow good causes.
for the Lancers equipment.
Also – open to everyone block booking discount - book 10 or more
You will need to have a C1 tickets for any performance (except Saturday evening) and get a 10%
category on your driving license reduction
and they would like people on
an ad hoc evening and weekend Book online NOW!! - http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/stokeyouth
For more information contact
Dave Milton via email:
email@example.com Bushcraft and Forest Skills Courses
On Friday 10th February 2012,
the Werrington Young Persons
Support Group Friday night
youth club celebrated its first
In the past year the club has
gone from strength to strength Nick Hulley is a fully qualified bushcraft and forest skills leader who is
and is now "the place" to be in available to deliver a variety of one off sessions or programs of forest skills
Werrington on Friday nights. activities, he has a recent full CRB check.
The first year has gone so
quickly and they would like to Please contact Nick on 07817 742342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
thank everyone who supports for more information.
us, especially the volunteers
who turn out week after week
to assist their youth worker
SCVYS, 42a Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LY 6
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Marquee Available to Hire!
Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs have a marquee to hire, if you are interested in hiring
this for your event please contact Julia Taylor at the County Office on 01785 248645 email
email@example.com for a booking form and terms and conditions.
MARQUEE HIRE RATES FOR FRAME MARQUEE - FROM 1ST APRIL 2012 - 31st MARCH 2013
MARQUEE (24M X 9M/78FTX29FT)
600 HIRE RATE
440 YFC MEMBERS ONLY DISCOUNTED RATE
220 YFC CLUB DISCOUNTED RATE
LININGS (IVORY WALLS & ROOF/BOTTLE GREEN VALANCE)
400 HIRE RATE
400 YFC MEMBERS ONLY DISCOUNTED RATE
200 YFC CLUB DISCOUNTED RATE
WINDOW PANEL – PER PANEL (4 AVAILABLE)
19 HIRE RATE
19 YFC MEMBERS ONLY DISCOUNTED RATE
19 YFC CLUB DISCOUNTED RATE
CURTAINS – PER CURTAIN (IVORY CURTAINS WITH BOTTLE GREEN TIE BACKS – 4 AVAILABLE)
19 HIRE RATE
19 YFC MEMBERS ONLY DISCOUNTED RATE
19 YFC CLUB DISCOUNTED RATE
Transportation costs will be charged to the hirer unless own transport can be arranged.
0 – 15 Miles Radius of Field, Uttoxeter 42.00
16-30 “ 75.00
31-45 “ 110.00
46-60 “ 150.00
61-75 “ 183.00
76-100 “ 244.00
101-150 “ 366.00
151- plus “ Price on Application
ERECTED/DISMANTLED (Labour provided by SCFYFC) 210.00
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AND FI NAL LY...
SCVYS would like to wish you
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