Foster Carers Wanted

My name is Amiee and I work for Suffolk County Council in the Fostering and Adoption team. We are continually trying to promote and raise the awareness of the need for more foster carers and adopters in Suffolk.

There are around 750 children in care in Suffolk.

Suffolk wants all children in its care to have a permanent, safe home in which they will be loved, nurtured and thrive. For some this will be with members of their family, while for others the best option for them will be to be adopted or be with a permanent fostering family.

Our new campaign highlights the heartbreakingly simple dreams of young people to be part of a loving family and calls upon caring people to help make this a reality.

Both the Fostering and Adoption Services are constantly seeking to recruit more people to care for the County’s children, and in particular carers for:

  • older children – there is even a special fostering scheme for teenagers
  • brothers and sisters to grow up together
  • children with disabilities

We are asking for your support in our ongoing efforts to recruit more carers and adopters for children, some of whom are likely to be from your own communities.

We know that people who consider fostering or adoption are more likely to be community minded and to be involved, either as volunteering or taking part in, community groups and activities like yours.

Many people have considered fostering for many years before they finally decide to take things further. Recruiting carers and adopters therefore very much involves us getting the message across in as many ways and times as we can, and we cannot do this alone. We are also very mindful of the pressures on council budgets.

We are therefore very much hoping that you can help us in the following ways:

  • Adding the information onto your website if you have one (please find Giff’s attached), and providing a link to our own site dreams.suffolk.gov.uk
  • Sending our information electronically through any email lists you have
  • Telling us about any events you might be arranging which you would be happy for us to attend to raise awareness or to display a banner
  • Maybe it would be useful for us to come and visit your group to explain more about fostering and/or adoption
  • Placing our advert or editorial in any newsletters or brochures you have

http://www.dreams.suffolk.gov.uk/

Future Labs for Suffolk Libraries

 

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REGISTRATION FOR IPSWICH AND LOWESTOFT IS NOW CLOSED – THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST

TO PARTICIPATE IN BRANDON OR LEISTON – CLICK HERE

Just like the NHS, libraries in Britain have a vital and unique place in British society. Besides providing free access to books and music, they provide access to the information we need to pursue our careers, improve our health, sort out our money.

Libraries signpost us to opportunities to improve our health, enjoy our leisure and enhance our education. They provide a free sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life and generally help us navigate through life. Their role has changed so much, and if anything, the pace of change is speeding up not slowing down as libraries help us engage with the ever more complex demands of a digital world.

The Future Labs, running first in Lowestoft and Ipswich and then in other settings around the country, will involve Suffolk people in helping to explore how libraries can better support their lives and what libraries can do in the future to enrich their lives.

The group in Ipswich will include people aged 15 to 21 years old and in Lowestoft people aged 18+ who have had tough times in their lives.

If you fit these groups and would be interested in participating, follow these links to find out more and register your interest LOWESTOFT / IPSWICH or BRANDON / LEISTON

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Public Transport – ignoreable until you need it

We want to give a plug to Nat Bocking’s campaign for a more intelligent approach to public transport.

Public transport is a huge issue in Suffolk but most of us who don’t use it fail to realise until we need it.. Ci encounters this issue most frequently through our work at either end of the age spectrum – with young people and with older people – maybe we just haven’t done enough work with those in the middle or maybe it is just less of an issue for them. Have a look at ‘The Handy Bus Club’ here

 

Suffolk Ageing Well

l&WThe isolation of older people in our community is a “national shame” says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. He is not wrong.

At the Suffolk Ageing Well conference hosted by Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board, 150 delegates considered how communities need to change in order to support people to sustain their independence well into their older years.  The conference heard from speakers on the trinity of factors that together contribute to resilience for people in their older years ‘People’, ‘Place’ and ‘Services’.

Cultural Intelligence played a major role in the conference attended by ‘big cheeses’ from health, local authorities, well being services, the police, housing and social care services. We designed an experiential learning exercise called Local & Wise in which the senior managers, policy makers and political leaders dropped their formal roles to work in groups focusing on their own local neighbourhood. The exercise took an asset-based approach to create a Neighbourhood Book of Wisdom to identify new possibilities for building resilient communities.

Unsurprisingly, ‘Social Isolation’ was one of the major themes identified by the delegates. Interestingly, ‘hairdressers’ featured strongly as one of the potential assets to build on.

At the end of the exercise the neighbourhood groups discussed the ‘Golden Rules’ for developing ageing friendly communities. These included

  • Listen
  • Build on what is working
  • Promote community spirit
  • Be self-reliant
  • Build respect
  • Join-up
  • Plan & design
  • Stay passionate
  • Involve all ages

L&W logoCultural Intelligence has produced a short report ‘The Suffolk Book of Neighborhood Wisdom’ is available here.

Here is the spoof newsflash we produced as part of our workshop. Thanks to broadcaster Stuart Jarrold who also gave a keynote speech at the conference.

 

Ageing Creatively

Ageing1.jpgWe are busy planning an exciting afternoon for the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board Ageing Well in Suffolk conference on 9th October. Whilst the focus of the HWB conference is on how communities can develop to support people living more independently for longer into their older years a sister concert from Suffolk Age UK looks at the part that creativity can play in helping the individual to age well.

Ageing Creatively on 8th October, hosted in Ipswich by broadcaster and journalist Martin Bell OBE is presented in partnership with Dance East. Please see the linked programme which looks absolutely fabulous.

Living and Ageing Well is one of Ci’s core themes so we shall definitely be there. Don’t miss the presentation by our friends at Suffolk Artlink on their fabulous Been There, Done That, Still Moving project. Another highlight among many is Vamos Theatre and in the evening at Dance East a performance by Ladder to the Moon, an interactive theatre company founded by our Associate Justine de Mierre.

There is a discount for booking your tickets before 17th September and don’t forget to ask about the joint offer with the Ageing Well in Suffolk conference.

You can download the programme for Ageing Creatively  here

Vote for Suffolk Artlink

Our friends at Suffolk Artlink have been shorlisted for the EDP Big Lottery Fund  Award so please get voting. . .

Good news! We’re through to the shortlist of the EDP Big Lottery Fund, and now all we need is your VOTE.

So, please buy today’s issue of Eastern Daily Press and vote for the Phonic music project  – it’s put forward by Suffolk Artlink and you can vote each day up to 14th September – so please do! Inside each edition of the EDP between now and September 14th there will be a coupon to fill in and post back to the freepost address. You can vote every day and some issues will include bonus coupons with double votes.

Your vote will really make a difference as the most popular projects will be awarded a grant.

Phonic will provide music sessions for young people at the only senior youth club in south Lowestoft – giving 12 to 19 year olds the chance to develop skills, realise talents and generally have great fun making music.

Please forward this email to any friends/family/colleagues who are in the readership area of the EDP and apologies for any cross postings.

 Many thanks,
Alex Casey
Co-Director
Suffolk Artlink

New Shout Out website

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Our friends at Shout Out Suffolk have launched their new website at www.shoutoutsuffolk.org

Shout Out Suffolk is an innovative campaign led by Suffolk Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to help young people achieve the future they hope for. The project was inspired by the relatively low levels of achievement by young people attending Suffolk schools and is designed to contribute to the aims of the Suffolk-wide Raising the Bar initiative.

Shout Out Suffolk enabled more than 500 young people to contribute to the Raising the Bar inquiry and is now developing a number of projects to respond to the Inquiry findings. Cultural Intelligence is contributing time and resources to support this process.

If you are interested, the new site is well worth a look and you can sign up there to receive future newsletters.

Creative collaborator needed

Cultural Intelligence is looking for a creative collaborator to work on our Troubled Families programme. You will be an illustrator, graphic artist or similar who is able to quickly represent abstract ideas in an engaging way using freehand drawing skills during the course of a group workshop. You will also be able to develop ideas for creative group work at the workshop planning stage.

You will be working with us on a paid, sessional basis in co-creation workshops in Suffolk with a mix of vulnerable adults and practitioners in the social sector. The Troubled Families programme lasts until March 2015 but we have an expanding portfolio and are seeking a creative collaborator who can grow with us.

You will ideally have experience of working with groups of vulnerable adults but this is not a requirement. You will be required to provide a DBS/CRB disclosure.

If you are interested please get in touch as soon as possible – and definitely before the end of August – with Eric Orme using the contact form on our website. We need to see a cv and links to or images of work you feel is relevant. It is helpful if you are based in Suffolk and you will need strong drawing skills.

We are always interested in hearing from people with these skills in the East of England so it is worth getting in touch.

Work begins on Troubled Families

Got-issues-02When Ci was first approached about the Government’s Troubled Families Initiative our first reaction was to wonder how it might feel to be labeled as a ‘troubled family’. Now we will have the chance to find out as part of the team delivering the Suffolk TF initiative called Suffolk Family Focus (SFF).

Ci’s distinctly creative approach to social innovation will help the team to understand the perspective of practitioners and the families through an innovative project to co-produce the relationship between practitioner and family. We will also be conducting primary research with families and practitioners.

In order to help promote the transformation that SFF hopes to achieve we will also be developing a Learning Network with online forum and face to face events. Evidence gathered through these projects and other strategies will contribute towards a qualitative evaluation designed to support Suffolk Family Focus improve outcomes for families facing multiple challenges.

UCS looking for for young unemployed

Our friends at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) have been commissioned to conduct research with young people who have been unemployed for more than 3 months. Shouldn’t be hard to find you might think! See below . . .

‘UCS has been commissioned to investigate what unemployed young people believe will assist them to progress into employment, training or additional learning. Furthermore, this research will focus on young people who have been out of work for more than 3 months. The findings will provide evidence to inform the development of initiatives to support every young person effectively on their journey towards employment, and eradicate the current blight of youth unemployment.

We are seeking assistance in contacting young unemployed people so that they can share their views and experiences and most importantly, participate in this vital development to transform the opportunities to gain employment. We would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to forward this onto any organisations that work with unemployed young people in the greater Ipswich area. We hope to collect all data within 6 weeks, as such all help regarding this matter would be very much appreciated.

For further information please contact us on: pie@ucs.ac.uk

Thank you all in advance.

Stuart Agnew

Senior Lecturer in Criminology
School of Applied Social Sciences
University Campus Suffolk Ltd