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Blue Watch Youth Centre, which is commissioned to provide youth work in St Michael’s Ward, has been able to obtain funding for 2016 to help support young people aged 16 to 24, learn or develop employability skills, so that they are better equipped to apply for and gain employment. Since January, when the provision became available, Blue Watch has supported a number of young people into paid employment or apprenticeships. The provision is aimed at those, who do not wish to undertake new or further long-term courses and just wish to gain employment. Blue Watch also offers short courses including: Employability Skills, Food Safety & Nutrition, First Aid, in addition to work experience placements, tailored to the needs of the individual to assist them in gaining employment.

Drop in sessions are also available to do job search, complete paper or on-line application forms and construct CVs. The Employability Support Provision is available to anyone not currently in education, training or employment aged 16 to 24 and who resides in the East of Sunderland. If you are currently claiming Social Security Benefits or working with Sunderland Connexions, ask your adviser for further details or for referral to the provision. The provision will not affect your benefit entitlements but will compliment your current efforts in seeking employment. We are also offering the Study Programme (European Social Funded) in partnership with Springboard Trust. Any young people aged 16 to 18, who are currently not in education, employment or training may apply to join the programme. Our programme consists of completion of the AQA Personal Social Education Certificate, and the British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Start Certificate’. In addition, for anyone who does not currently have a GCSE Grade C or above in English or Mathematics, our tutors will provide sessions aimed at helping you to achieve Functional English and Mathematics qualifications up to level 2 and then on-going support in working towards GCSE. Elements of the Personal Social Education are aimed at developing employability skills, confidence, teamwork, social interaction and academic ability, in addition to gaining work experience and support in progressing into further education, training or employment at the end of the programme. Subject to eligibility, daily meal vouchers and bursary payments are available during the period of the programme, which runs each week from Monday to Thursday, 10.00am to 3.00pm. If you wish to find out more about this provision, contact Denis Crompton – Employment Advisor/Senior Worker at Blue Watch Youth Centre, Burdon Lane, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0HR, Telephone No: 0191 5214060, Email: denis.crompton@bluewatchyouth.com

The Bible Society Coffee Morning is to be held on Wednesday, 28th September, at St George’s United Reformed Church, Belvedere Road/Stockton Road. The event commences at 10.30am lasts until 12noon. There will be a cake and a “bring and buy” stall and a raffle.

St John’s Church, Ashbrooke, will hold a “Messy Church” event on Wednesday, 28th September, after school, with tea for kids, lots of crafts, storytelling and a lot of mess. It will finish at 5.30pm so come along and enjoy the above, all for a donation for next time.

The regular “PACT” meeting organised by Northumbria Police for St. Michael’s ward residents took place last week at Auckland Homes, Hill View. Present were ward residents, a representative of the neighbourhood police team and ward councillor, Peter Wood. Topics discussed included the crime statistics for the ward, youths selling goods door-to-door, dogs in Backhouse Park, anti-social behaviour, litter and fly-tipping. The next meeting, to which all ward residents are welcome, takes place on Tuesday 11 October, beginning at 6pm, at the same venue.

The Rotary Club of Sunderland, which meets at The Rosdene, Queen Alexandra Road, supports many local and international charities. In the last six months, for example, grants have been given to St Bede’s Brownies for their annual camp, Vision Aid Overseas, a Ryhope lady to accompany sick people to Lourdes, the Leprosy Mission, Sunderland University Development Trust, Jaipur Limb Project and many other deserving groups. Each year we donate over £20,000 to charities such as those mentioned above. We welcome anyone who would like to help us to continue to support our charitable efforts. If you would like to join us contact Brian on 0191 5671880

Ashmore Residents’ Association, chaired by Liz Griffiths, met last week at the British Legion Club, Grange Crescent. Joining residents were the Local Neighbourhood Police Officer, plus St Michael’s Ward Councillors, Michael Dixon, Robert Oliver and Peter Wood. A variety of issues were discussed including the latest crime figures, parking, litter and fly-tipping. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, at the same venue, starting at 7.30pm.

St Michael’s Resident’s Association next meets on Wednesday, 5th October, at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road, commencing 6-30pm.