Building Your Future

Building Your Future

In the absence of face to face recruitment events, we have utilized all engagement methods , Zoom, Facebook, UTUBE Channel and our online training platform as a key tools for engagement with both current and potential participants. We have continued to post regularly about upcoming courses many of which have been delivered online. During lockdown, participants completed an online cookery programme whereby they received weekly videos which they were tasked with making.  The participants then took photographs of their masterpieces and forwarded these onto the tutor. They were able to complete both units of their qualification through information received in the videos and regular sessions on telephone and/or in group chats.  Regular group and one to one mentoring sessions have also been carried out both via Zoom and in person each week at the Colin Allotments. These sessions have proved to be beneficial to the participants and helps us recognise who needs additional support and/or signposted.  Our Horticulture project has been extremely successful delivered at Colin Allotments for further programme details contact roisin@sallygardens.org.

Well, Warm & Connected

Poleglass Community Association @ Sally Gardens have been out and about in the community delivering a range of support services as part of The Warm Well and Connected programme funded by Department for Communities.  The programme has been extremely successful in tackling and mitigating the ill-effects of the pandemic on people, families and communities. The Healthy Living Centre Alliance across the region have been supported by the Department for Communities to deliver a host of online workshops and programmes to help us get connected, take care of ourselves and learn new skills.  The programmes and workshops are completely free to access. Whether you go for our regional or local programmes you will be welcomed. Warm, Well and Connected is there for you as we all try to take care of ourselves and others during winter. Department for Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, announcing the fund, said: “I am acutely aware of the detrimental impact the pandemic has had on people’s emotional and physical wellbeing, so addressing loneliness and isolation, emotional wellbeing and financial hardship relating to household bills, is a key focus of this support. This funding will be directly targeted at the most vulnerable, including children and young people; carers; older people; people living with a disability; and anyone who has lost income as a result of Covid-19″.  For further details on the programme please follow the link www.hlcalliance.org.

Training Calendar Sep to Dec 2019

Training Calendar Sep to Dec 2019

Our Building Your Future Training Calendar for Sept to Dec 2019 is now available. There are a number of accredited and non-accredited training opportunities & qualifications and taster workshops available. If you would like to secure a place on any of the courses/workshops, please contact one of the team on 028 90627250.

Summer Scheme 2019

Summer Scheme 2019

We had another fantastic Summer Scheme that ran over the summer with a fun packed  programme of activities. Young people got to attend lots of different trips including fun days, the zoo, play parks, Air-tastic and much more. Over the course of the scheme the young people made new friends and memories, challenged themselves, overcame fears and learnt new life skills. We had some in-centre activities as well, including a magic show and a visit from the NI Fire Service.

The scheme is a great way for enhancing the skills and giving opportunities to our senior member volunteers also. We had 6 volunteers aged 15-17, who gained experience in youth work. These young people were a great help and it give them an insight into working with children.

Feedback from young people: “I really enjoyed the summer scheme. Every day we got to do something different. I made loads of new friends. My favourite trip was Lady Dixon fun day – I learnt how to make a hut out of trees”

Feedback from parents: “Best Summer Scheme on the road. My two children had brilliant fun. The staff were really attentive and got involved with the kids. They will definitely be back next year. It was really good value for money. Well Done Sally Gardens.”

Feedback from Volunteers: “I loved helping out during the summer scheme. It’s my first year but I thought it was great. I learnt about the importance of getting to know the children and making sure they are having fun. I found out how stressful it can be looking after young people but also how rewarding it is. Everyone really seemed to enjoy the summer scheme. I can’t wait to next year.”

Project supported by Belfast City Council.