Wednesday 28 November 2012

Jobs Alert

Support Worker (female - residential project)

To provide security and support for our Service Users in our residential projects during the evening and overnight.

About the Organisation

Aquila Way is a Christian response to homelessness and disadvantage providing housing, support and other specialised services. The support aims to develop life skills that will enable the young people to live successful independent lives.

How to Apply

Email for an Application Form and Job Description. CVs are not accepted.

Jobs Alert

Trainee UK Coach

We are looking for someone who can unleash the leadership potential of young people by living and breathing the Changemakers’ values, giving insight to others through challenge and support. Values are often described as ‘something to go by or the way in which I live my life’.
We feel they describe what it means to be a changemaker. We are looking for somebody who can combine the values with energetic and thoughtful interventions will make our ideal coach.

About the Organisation

How to Apply

Complete and application form and e-mail it to

Monday 26 November 2012

Monday 26th november 2012

Hi Ladies

Remember that next week is our last session till the 7th January 2013. 
Take your time with the Health and Safety question books- I am looking for answers that reflect further research from yourselves and detail. 

See you next week.


Thursday 22 November 2012

Volunteering Opportunity

St. Martin’s Centre are now on a recruitment drive for more volunteers! We are recruiting volunteers who are willing to help us run our volunteer led activities and groups. We have a warm and friendly team and 25 regular volunteers. A recent external report from Ernest Dobson the Management Consultant found that volunteers were ‘extremely happy’ with their time volunteering here, with one volunteer stating that:

“I think St. Martin’s Centre is an amazing place to volunteer. The staff are outstandingly supportive towards volunteers. I personally feel more appreciated within this establishment than I have in any paid job. The centre has a wonderful positive atmosphere which is created by both the staff and volunteers. I couldn’t highly recommend the centre enough to anyone thinking about volunteering.”

Who are we?
St. Martin’s Centre are a community centre based in Byker and Walker offering services to those who live in the Byker, Walker and South Heaton area.

What volunteer roles do we offer?
We are after volunteers who are interested in experience within the following areas: Children under 5, Young People under 16 years, Older People over 55 years and gardening/administration. Volunteers will fit broadly into the following services/roles:

Child and Play Group Volunteers:
Play sessions run for about 3 hours a week including the setting up and taking down of equipment. Volunteers will be interacting with parents through conversations, helping children with arts and crafts activities, playing with children and making the playgroup warm and welcoming. Availability is at different times of the week and would be in discussion with the Volunteer Coordinator. For many local parents and families our play groups are their only opportunities to interact with others.

Youth Club Volunteers:
The Youth Club runs on a Monday evening from 4 – 5:50pm although volunteers are asked to arrive and leave half an hour earlier/later. The young people are aged between 8-12 years old and we engage with them through lantern making, arts, crafts, awareness raising activities, etc. Volunteers are encouraged to get involved and to direct tasks, plan session ideas and be involved with the group so that young people locally have an opportunity to ‘get off the streets’ and take part in structured activities. There may be potential for older age groups of young people to be supported in the future.

Older People’s Services Volunteers:
Our older people’s services are for those aged 55 years old and above and are designed to tackle the issues of loneliness and social isolation locally. Volunteers are asked to either support our monthly ‘Community Lunch’ every second Monday from 11:30am – 2:30pm or possibly or other social groups for older people in consultation with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Gardening Assistant:
We are interested in supporting a keen and eager gardener who will work with our other volunteer gardener to help us stay on top of our family friendly garden. Volunteers will be planting, cutting grass, making sure that our garden structures are intact, general maintenance, etc. Volunteers are welcome to help at any time in consultation with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Administrators:
We are interested in volunteers who may wish to help with our administration and particularly with advertising and marketing our services to others, making phone calls, sending emails and promoting us.

Who is eligible?
Potential volunteers must live/work within the NE6 postcode (Byker, Walker, Walkergate, South Heaton) in order to be eligible (Perhaps you know of someone even if you cannot?) and must be willing to attend a five week induction course every Tuesday morning from 10am – 12noon with one date in December and the rest in January. St. Martin’s Centre will supply the CRB check for free and a certificate as proof of the induction training will also be offered.

Where do I apply?!
Ring Drew Dalton the Volunteer Coordinator to express an interest and to discuss it further: (0191) 276 4002.

Thank you. Please spread this to others! I have attached an information flyer if you could also hand it out to people (this contains the same information as this email).

Best wishes,

Drew Dalton
Volunteer Co-ordinator

St. Martin's Centre
Roman Avenue

Monday 19 November 2012

Monday 19th November 2012


Well done to all for your  impressive presentations and for fully participating in the peer observations.

We will continue with Duty of Care next week.


Monday 12 November 2012

12th November 2012

Wel done to you for persevering with the research- I know the legislation can be very "wordy" so well done for wading through it and simplifying it into your assignments.

Your assignments need to be in for next week and we will DEFINATELY do the presentations next week.

Keep up the good work!!


Monday 5 November 2012


Today's assignments broken down:

Pick two laws (legislation) and briefly describe what they are about.
Then say how they link into equality,diversity,inclusion and discrimination.

Eg; The Disibility Discrimination Act states that all businesses where possible must ensure that disabled people can have access to their premises. This means that they have access doors and ramps.

At Surestart Byker they follow the disability discrimination act by having a ramp up the building for access, and self opening doors so that wheelchairs,prams and people that need extra width can get through the door.This means that the majority of people can equally access the centre and inclusion can be equal for all.

The consequences of not complying with the law- look at internet- type in nhs dumps  information-see what happened to them..were they fined? Jailed?

Last piece on how you feel about things can influence your working practices: Being non-judgemental, keeping your opinions to yourself, embracing other cultures and beliefs into your everyday work.