Reason to celebrate at Your Ideas!

For those who haven’t been hearing every 2 minutes on our twitter (@your_ideas), we have been successful with our Big Lottery Reaching Communities bid!!! This is to develop the Spectrum club – our work with young people with Aspergers Syndrome for the next 5 years and we are so pleased. Continue reading

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Prevention is better than cure!

 

We were recently visited by Dr Simon Murphy who is a candidate for the new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands and Local Labour Councillor John Fisher.

They found out about our lovely little project and how offering positive activities to youngsters in a setting like ours can help reduce the chances of becoming disengaged and at risk of offending, which can be a cheaper and more effective solution in the long run.

 

To read the full article and laugh at the cheesy photo check out the link below…

 

 

Read more: Pledge to put more police on the streets | Redditch Standard

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Extreme Makeover – Your Ideas Redditch Website Edition

As mentioned in previous posts we have had big changes at Your Ideas this summer/autumn due to projects finishing and new projects on the horizon so we have had a makeover on our website to reflect this. It is up to date, easier to navigate and looks even better than before.

It won’t replace the blog as we think they compliment each other, with the website being more information based and the blog great for day to day updates.

If you want more information about the project then check it out – http://www.yourideas.org.uk/

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Children in Need donations making a difference in Redditch

It’s that time of year again when people start raising funds for the much publicized annual Children in Need campaign. Our project is no different and this year our Spectrum Club members are planning a Halloween party fundraiser.

We have been incredibly fortunate as a project to have benefited financially from this campaign when we received 3 year funding for our ever popular Spectrum Club. Continue reading
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Quick update of art works in progress!

A well overdue quick snapshot of some of the artwork that our young people are currently been working on…

-As we have not been back open long after the summer holidays we are just getting out teeth stuck into some new art projects. The main one being our next window display – as you can see we have started work on our paper mache scarecrow head an hands already.

-Long time member Lewis has started an ambitious creation using a recycled spray can.

-Other artwork includes large cartoon drawings, portraits of musicians, and tattoo inspired pieces.

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September at Your Ideas

This month has been great for indulging in obsessive compulsive behaviours whilst having a mega sort out at the project. We have spent a ridiculous amount of hours organising arts and craft materials and resources into easy to find storage. This was incredibly laborious but massively pleasing! Can’t wait for our groups to get stuck in to making some amazing artwork.

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Long overdue update from Your Ideas

We are now back in the centre after a well needed summer break.

It was slightly manic before we broke up for summer as always, especially with the end of term trips for each group. The photos are too good not to share though so I will do a belated post soon.

Over the summer we have had a few big changes to the project with the school group ceasing for the meantime as the school is going through big changes as it becomes an academy.

Our With It Group for residents aged over 50 has been successfully handed over to Alan Walker who will now be running the group. The group will continue on the same day and will still run from our centre.

Our ever popular Art Club for local youngsters will continue to run as usual with the youngsters having the opportunity to create art work to be displayed at the newly refurbished Abbey Stadium, or try their hand at creating something truly terrifying for our notorious Halloween window display.

During our closure a team of volunteers snuck in and decorated the toilets and paint room which was in dire need of some work as they were dark and miserable! I’d like to thank Ryan Edwards, Jordan Cooke, Mick Fitzgerald, Richard Underwood and Michael Fitzgerald for giving up their time, skills and materials to help out.

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As always we are waiting to hear back from various funders that we have applied for funding from so we are excited and nervous to see how that will shape the future of the project and how we develop. Cross your fingers and toes for us and we will update when we hear more!

With great changes to youth provision in Redditch due to the massive cuts in the statutory centre we are sad to hear that  2 of the 3 council run youth centres have now closed and the decision on the third is still up in the air. This has put a massive dent in Redditch youth provision which makes it ever more interesting to see how the Worcestershire County Council will choose to spend the small amount of money left allocated to commission young peoples services. Fingers crossed we are successful on our bid!

Think that is all for now, thanks for reading 🙂

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Your Ideas are proud to present..

…A series of short Digital Stories produced by members of Your Ideas Redditch on the subject of Sex and Relationships.

As some of you may already know we received funding from Worcestershires Health Improvement Fund to increase opportunities for local youngsters to take part in positive activities. This enabled us to run taster sessions with young people doing graffiti, sports, art, games and much more. We incorporated Sex and Relationships Education into these fun activities and additionally created our own SRE resource in the form of a DVD with film maker Chris Bradley.

The DVD resource holds 3 short Digital Stories, each an incredibly open, brutally honest and deeply intimate interview with 3 of our members looking at their opinions on Sex and Relationships. Aimed at youngsters it is the perfect antidote to the often cliche’ ‘how to wear a condom’ and ‘don’t have sex until you are at least 40’ style DVD’s created for the under 16 market.

Instead of giving ready formed polished opinions and facts to the audience, it will challenge them to form their own opinions. The aim is to use the DVD as a discussion point to encourage youngsters to talk openly about Sex and Relationships in safe, nonjudgemental environment with adults and or peers that they trust.

We are currently planning the next steps of how we are going to develop and distribute the resource so look out for updates!

For more information contact Kayleigh or Pauline on 01527 502624 or email – kayleighfitzgerald@yourideas.org.uk

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London Calling!

As the Sex & Relationships dvd resource is now completed it was time we honored the reward of a day out in London for the lads involved. Both had never been to the capital and were full of stereotypes and stories of what they imagined it to be like.

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Latest and greatest update!

So it’s been a while since I have had chance to properly update on the day to day going ons at Your Ideas Redditch headquarters in Matchborough, so here is the latest and greatest from the last month…

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Fix Up Look Sharp!

As you may of heard in previous posts, two of our awesome regulars applied for a community cash award from the Prince’s Trust to work with other local youngsters, they named the project ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’.

This funding came from the Ben Kinsella Trust who are working in partnership to support youngsters aged 14-25 to set up their own project to help promote anti-gun, knife and gang violence messages to their local community. Our young people are running a series of workshops creating planters and other wooden goodies to be donated to Noahs Ark Nursery in Matchborough. They wanted to promote positive activities for young people while raising awareness of the reality of gun and knife crime in the UK and the affect it has on young peoples lives.

Risk assessing ready for the sessions!

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Redditch Young Advisors Training

3 of our brilliant youngsters attended the Worcestershire Young Advisor Training Day on the 20th May at Upton Warren, this meant an early morning wake up call of 9.30am on a Sunday morning, ouch!

The morning involved learning about the commissioning of positive activities money in Redditch for young people. One of the activities was to list all the problems in their local areas…

They then had to look at how to solve these problems with the commissioning money available. We were so proud of our youngsters as they thought of very valid problems and some excellent solutions, not bad for a sunday 😉

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Your Ideas Redditch Update

So it’s time for an update on what’s been going on at Your Ideas Redditch headquarters…

-Two of our amazing members applied for and received a grant to work with other local youngsters in a project named ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’. The grant is from the Princes Trust – Ben Kinsella Trust who support youngsters aged 14-25 to set up their own project to help promote anti-gun, knife and gang violence messages to their local community. We are running a series of workshops creating planters and other wooden goodies to be donated to Noahs Ark Nursery in Matchborough.

-On Thursday 2 of our Art Club members went along to the Matchborough Youth Forum meeting to find out more about the group. They visited at the right time as the group were treated to a tour of the town hall – including a question and answer with the Mayor of Redditch Anita Clayton in her parlour! Our members loved it and are planning on getting more involved.
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Too much art, not enough space!

The Art Club have been working so hard for their upcoming exhibition that they have been creating work at an alarming rate.

We now have so much art work so we will have a tough job choosing what to exhibit!

Here is a snapshot of what they get up to at the club and their latest creations, coming to an exhibition space near you soon… If you live near Redditch that is! Enjoy!

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About me – Dave Wilkins

It’s time to introduce another Your Ideas interview post, this time with the infamous Dave Wilkins. Dave has been a big part of Your Ideas since its humble beginning and we are so thankful for his support. He is well known and loved within the local community for his work and rightly so!

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