Young Carers Poster Competition

Since the Covid-19 crisis began, we have continued to work with, and support, the young people and families from our ‘Oldham Young Carers Service'.

To keep things interactive, we have been contacting the children and families through WhatsApp video calling - so we can chat with the young carers, play games and share stories of the lockdown experience, good and bad. It also enables us to offer support to the young carers and their families, and share information about additional support services in the community.

We will also be organising various competitions for them over the coming weeks, and we had a NHS/key worker poster competition last week. Here are the winning entries from Alanna Donnerly, Anaya Jones and Scarlet Penty.

 

Alanna DonnerlyAnaya JonesScarlet Penty

Rainbow Day for the NHS

Thursday 7th May was Rainbow Dress-up Day at Positive Steps. We asked our staff to dress up in rainbow colours, take a selfie, and send it in so we could share them on our staff internet, and via social media.

Although all our services at Positive Steps are carrying on as normal, our staff are working remotely for much of the time, and this exercise allowed us to come together as a company once more.

We also asked staff who participated to make a donation to the NHS via the donate facility on our website, https://donorbox.org/positive-steps , and this raised over £250 for our NHS heroes.

Here are just a few of our staff showing their support for the NHS.

 Rainbow2Rainbow1Rainbow3

Rainbow4Rainbow5Rainbow6

 

 

Career Planning Continues!

Schools may be closed for Year 10 for now, but Positive Steps Career Advisers are working hard to ensure that pupils are still supported, offering career guidance via telephone, video link and e-mail, whatever suits the school and young person. Career planning during the Year 10 summer term is vital, as is the opportunity to talk over Post 16 options with a Career Adviser.

To make this process even simpler, the Positive Steps IT team have developed an online booking systems which can be used by pupils, parents and carers to book in appointments with their Positive Steps Career Adviser, at their convenience.

Oasis Academy Oldham and E Act Academy Royton and Crompton are the first Oldham schools to take up this offer, with more schools following suit. Check out the link to see how simple this is!

https://www.oasisacademyoldham.org/curriculum/careers-guidance

GB Cycling Team Member helps out at Positive Cycles

With the lockdown temporarily preventing some people doing their normal daily jobs, volunteering to help in the community has been on the increase, and we're pleased and proud to have Adam Bonser, who is a Research and Innovation Engineer with the Great Britain Cycling Team, helping out at Positive Cycles.

Adam's normal role involves developing and testing cutting edge equipment for our athletes to use, and most recently he's been working on the exciting new bike to be ridden at the now postponed Tokyo Olympic Games. Prior to this he worked as a Race Mechanic for the team, and worked at over 100 international competitions including the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Adam has told us that he "wanted to help Positive Cycles because it’s such a fantastic cause and one that I can really help with, the guys there are doing an incredible job and I’m proud to be able to help where I can. I’ve been involved in all things bicycle most of my life, (in fact my first job as a young teenager was at Oldham Cycle Centre just round the corner) so it’s great to see the increasing demand for bikes, and the mechanic in me never wants to see a good bike go to waste".

 

Adam Bosner Positive Cycles

 

 

COVID-19 Response - Continuing our Support

In line with government advice, we are now working in a more flexible way to provide our usual support to the community. We understand this is a worrying time,  but we are on hand to support you and your family in these rapidly changing and difficult times.

Based on the current guidance we are aiming to maintain our services using different methods, and as the situation evolves, we will be communicating with you all future updates.

Looking after the wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and service users is paramount to us, so in line with the national guidance around social distancing and self-isolation, we have taken the following actions.

  • Our headquarters in Oldham and offices in Rochdale and Tameside are now closed.
  • All open access drop in/assessment sessions have stopped.
  • All group sessions, including training events, have been cancelled.

Despite these measure, we are still here for you.


How to Contact Us

Telephone, text, video chat and online website chat support is available to all service users.

Please contact your allocated support worker on their usual phone number or email.

If you are unsure of contact details please get in touch on one of our helplines below.

Service Area Telephone Email Address
Career Guidance Oldham 0161 621 9300 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Rochdale 0800 195 8528 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Tameside 0800 484 0407 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Early Help   0161 621 9412 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Missing from Home   0161 621 9551 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Substance Misuse & Sexual Health Service   0161 621 9649 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sexual Health - Brook - Phone Consultation   0800 988 2209  
Young Carers     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Youth Justice   0161 621 9500 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Switchboard   0161 621 9400 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have also launched a YouTube channel that will host a selection of helpful video content, we have our usual Facebook and Twitter pages available and our new live chat facility here on our website. Click the purple circle on the bottom right of any of our pages and you connect instantly with an advisor during the day

Please keep checking our news page and social media channels for updated information, as we are continuously looking at innovative ways of supporting you using technology.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone for your patience and understanding, and will be updating you as the situation changes over the coming weeks.


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