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SEND Youth Voice Launches for Young People across Knowsley

Tue, 08/12/2020

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SEND Youth Voice launched at Vibe in November 2020

Young people aged between 11 - 17 who identify as having Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) are welcome to join us monthly to meet new people, gain new skills and discuss issues that are important to YOU! 

Join us from 11:00am - 12:30pm on

  • Saturday 23 November
  • Saturday 12 December 
  • Saturday 23 January 
  • Saturday 20 February
  • Saturday 20 March

The sessions are led by young people which means you get to decide what is discussed, what you want to tackle, and how you want to make a change. We will welcome guest speakers from different organisations across the UK to discuss opportunities for young people with SEND, hear their experiences and speak to people from similar programmes across the region. 

To find out more, contact Helen McGorrin [email protected] or call 07867503745

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Vibe Fundraising: Christmas Dinner Campaign

Tue, 08/12/2020

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Vibe Christmas Dinner Fundraising Campaign

This year, Vibe is raising £450 to give 30 of our most vulnerable families a meal they can share on Christmas day.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the whole country hard this year, and nowhere more so than an area like Knowsley, where issues like poverty (including in-work poverty), health inequalities, and unemployment are among some of the highest in the country.

With 32% of young people (age 0-19) in the area living in poverty and the highest national percentage of children eligible for free school meals, many families in Knowsley will struggle to put food on the table at the best of times.

Vibe wants to make sure no family goes hungry this Christmas, and we are asking for your help to fund a meal box, to give the most vulnerable families we work with a festive meal on Christmas day.

If you’re able, please consider donating any amount you can, no matter how small or big, every penny will go to creating Christmas meals for families across Knowsley.

If you’re unable to donate, please consider sharing to your social media pages, as every share is worth up to £20!

Update: 8 December 2020

We are delighted to announce that we are nearly there - £400 of our £450 target. We have also had two offline donations, one from Lee at Opus Events of £250 and one from Michael McMahon and Francis McMahon of F J McMahon Ltd (Building Contractors) of £1500!! This has meant we can now fund over 60 family Christmas dinners, and we are now able to also support Homeless families in Knowsley.

A HUGE thank you to everyone that has donated so far!

Click here to donate to the campaign.

Vibe was on the National News!

Thu, 12/11/2020

Vibe on National News! 

On Wednesday 11 November, Vibe was featured on the ITV National News. 

The segment with Daniel Hewitt was around funding for youth services across the UK. 

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ITV News - Chrissy from Vibe

The National Youth Agency has published a report, given exclusively to ITV News, saying one in four youth charities will not be able to meet their running costs, in the build-up to Christmas, and three in four of those charities expect to have used their reserves in that time.

Vibe young people from our Me Time programme were interviewed and discussed the benefits of a youth service like Vibe offer to them. Watch Eve and Sadie here.

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Vibe - ITV News - Sadie

Read the article and watch the videos here: ITV Covid: Young people fear for the future with many youth charities 'running on empty' due to lack of support

To find out more about supporting Vibe financially - visit our support us page.

Knowsley Youth Partnership

Mon, 09/11/2020

To celebrate National Youth Work Week, Vibe is delighted to announce the launch of the Knowsley Youth Partnership, together with Centre63 and Halewood Youth and Community Centre.

In the last decade, the youth sector has seen cuts of 71% in spending, a reduction of £1billion - 2010-2011 compared to 2018-2019. Added to this, the pandemic has put a huge strain on the mental health of young people, with an increase in social isolation, traumatic experiences, a loss of routine, and a breakdown in formal and informal support, according to a recent survey by Young Minds.

The Knowsley Youth Partnership has been developed to bring together youth-focused organisations in the region to work together to ensure their future, working to a shared Theory of Change.

Paul Oginsky, Chair of Knowsley Youth Partnership and Chief Executive of Vibe:

“Working together allows us to be more effective, sharing resources, training, and materials, with each organisation keeping their own unique identities as they continue to provide a wide range of activities for young people across Knowsley. The Theory of Change focuses on what youth organisations do best – helping young people to build healthy relationships with themselves and their communities.

Knowsley Youth Partnership organisations have been working together to support young people and local communities throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Despite being in an area ranked as the second-most deprived authority in England, we have continued to deliver vital support to young people. We have proved the effectiveness of working together throughout the pandemic, ensuring the young people we support don’t fall through the cracks. By working together, we can provide well-rounded support service for young people, sharing knowledge and best practice to make youth services in Knowsley a leading example for the rest of the country.”

Jeane Lowe, Chief Executive Officer Centre63:

“Since the pandemic, we have remained open, with most of our services being available via telephone support, via Zoom through online learning and training. Our Social Supermarket has remained open for two days a week on certain days, thanks to the support staff that have ensured it is kept clean and secure. However, like most charitable organisations across the UK, we have seen a drop in monetary donations since the pandemic. The Knowsley Youth Partnership offers strength in numbers so that we can secure the future of youth services across Knowsley for future generations.”

Mark Nelson of Halewood Youth and Community Centre:

“Having provided youth services to Knowsley for over 50 years, many of the young people using our service today have been introduced by their parents, who were impacted by the centre as young people themselves. Everything we do at the Centre is geared towards meeting local community needs in Halewood, and we are delighted to bring our experience to the Knowsley Youth Partnership.”

Knowsley Youth Partnership are calling on all organisations who work with young people to join the partnership as delivery partners. Partners will be offered free training as part of their membership on the Theory of Change. Interested organisations can email [email protected] for initial information.

Along with key delivery partners in the region, Knowsley Youth Partnership are keen to work in collaboration with non-voting strategic members, such as the Police, the Violence Reduction Partnership, the NHS, and KMBC. Non-delivery organisations around Knowsley are welcome to join the Knowsley Youth Partnership, and benefit from training and workshops.

The next Knowsley Youth Partnership virtual meeting will be taking place on 16 December 2020.

Vibe supports the Knowsley No More Hate Campaign

Wed, 23/09/2020

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On 21st September, Knowsley Safer Partnerships, Knowsley Council and Vibe joined together to announce the No More Hate campaign. 

Hate crime is defined as ‘Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.’

In Knowsley the following types of hate are recognised and recorded for the purposes of a hate incident:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • Religion
  • Gender or gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Any other lifestyle choice or perceived vulnerability which causes the individual concerned, or any other person to feel that the individual is being targeted as a consequence. Examples would include the homeless, rough sleepers, sex workers, goths, punks

Incidents could include:

  • Verbal abuse, threats insults, nuisance telephone calls, name-calling and intimidation
  • Physical assaults and attacks on the person
  • Attacks against the person’s property, for example offensive graffiti, breaking windows, and damaging cars
  • Setting fires
  • Publishing and distributing leaflets and newspapers that are likely to incite hate crime is also a criminal offence
  • Being singled out and being treated differently by other residents because you are not the same as them

Our young people have taken this challenge on, and have created a range of resources, taking over the Knowsley Safer Partnership channels, blogging for the slavery museum and creating videos sharing their experiences and how to report hate crime

See Faye's video here

See Dean's video here

See Jess's video here 

Reporting Hate Crime or Hate Incidents

We would always recommend that any incident of hate crime across Knowsley or Merseyside is reported to Merseyside Police, but all Merseyside Fire stations are safe havens where you can report incident too. You can also contact Stop Hate UK who are a national charity. They will pass your report or concerns to local organisations including Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council.

Schools Newsletter

Mon, 14/09/2020

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Vibe's first school newsletter is here!

After feedback in the winter/spring term of 2019/2020, we are pleased to announce our first Vibe school newsletter. This newsletter contains information and resources for schools provided by Vibe for the Autumn term 2020. 

Our first newsletter contains

  • Youth Focus NW award for the Knowsley Youth Cabinet for Stop The Knives Ending Lives 
  • Open Access Youth Clubs are back for young people aged 11- 19 
  • More about referring young people to our Positive Vibes programme through Vibe Outdoors
  • Self-referral and commissioned programmes 
  • Targeted programmes and support for schools around health and wellbeing.

Click here to view our latest schools newsletter.

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Knowsley Youth Cabinet Wins at the Youth Focus NW Awards

Mon, 14/09/2020

Shared from Knowsley News

Knowsley Youth Cabinet’s inspirational Stop the Knives Ending Lives campaign has won an award at a Zoom ceremony that celebrates the achievements of young people in the North West.

Winning the award in the Best Social Action Project category, the group of young people from Knowsley were celebrated by Youth Focus NW, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of young people.

The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, responded to the Make Your Mark ballot (UK Youth Parliament poll) in 2019 in which Youth Parliament and schools across Knowsley voted that ending knife crime was a priority issue.

As a result, the Youth Cabinet invited Knowsley secondary schools and youth groups to enter a competition for pupils to design a pin badge responding to this concern. St Edmund Arrowsmith pupil April Beadman created the winning design which uses the slogan “Stop the Knives Ending Lives”.

The badge is available to buy and money raised is donated to Knowsley Youth Cabinet for future campaigns and the ADAM Foundation, a charity set up by the family of Adam Ellison, the 29 year old who was fatally stabbed in Prescot in 2017.

The Youth Focus NW Awards were held on Zoom with over 100 people attending from Manchester, Bolton, Chester, Wirral and Cumbria Youth Councils.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:

“Well done to Knowsley’s Youth Parliament, this is a brilliant achievement. Knife crime is a concern across the whole of the country, so it is wonderful to see our young people in Knowsley taking the initiative and making a positive contribution to raise awareness of this important issue. And now to be recognised by the wider region for their dedication to creating safer communities is even better.”

Cllr Harvey, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“I’m incredibly proud of Knowsley’s Youth Parliament on wining this award. It’s fantastic to see our young people come together to create something so meaningful. The last 6 months have been challenging for everyone, not least for children and young people, so it’s great to see the Youth Parliament continue to thrive.”

Open Access Youth Clubs are back!

Thu, 03/09/2020

Vibe are pleased to announce we are re-opening our Open Access sessions in September, in line with Government guidelines and the easing of coronavirus restrictions as young people return to school. We are initially opening the doors to three clubs, and we are committed to returning to our regularly scheduled programmes of Open Access across Knowsley as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please see our Coronavirus Updates page for more information on specific programmes.

From Monday 7th September we are starting face-to-face activities with young people for Open Access sessions in three of our Clubs; Our Place in Huyton, Bryer Road Community Centre, and Knowsley Village Youth Centre in Prescot. Further clubs will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.

We will be operating a booking system so that young people who wish to attend can schedule their sessions and we can track numbers for our clubs.

We will adhere to Government guidance on social distancing and limiting attendee numbers to ensure we can safely maintain a social distance. Our teams will remind young people at the beginning and throughout sessions of the need to remain socially distanced from one another.

There will be additional cleaning of the centres between sessions, and we will have hand washing provisions and sanitiser gel available.

At Vibe Outdoors, we are continuing to work with schools and group of up to 15 in line with Government guidelines, with Duke of Edinburgh camps taking place each weekend throughout September.  

This continues from our successful Summer Programme where we engaged with 575 young people over four weeks in our Summer Camps, Mini Youth Clubs, Outreach Street work and our Virtual Youth Clubs.

Vibe Youth Clubs will have a different theme each week which will include:

  • Mindfulness activities
  • Drawing lessons
  • Movie reviews
  • Money skills
  • Cooking and food preparation activities
  • Taskmaster challenges
  • Wellbeing groups
  • Share your skills
  • Card and magic tricks
  • Dance and performing arts activities

We will continue to offer online Open Access sessions, including group chats, and we will engage with young people through social media including Instagram and TikTok. We will continue to host online quizzes, challenges, and virtual activity sessions in our programmes.

This Time Tomorrow - Helen McGorrin

Fri, 24/07/2020

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My typical workday starts at about 11am, I start with responding to any messages from young people and then head to our socials to check likes and comments so I can see what content is doing well and post to our story. I’ll have a little nose for inspiration and ideas from other youth provision accounts and then check my own account, Youth Cabinet and Elevate profiles for any mentions, retweets and opportunities on there.

Depending on what session I have later that day I’ll post in either the WhatsApp group or Facebook page to try and get everyone involved and excited for our session, I’ll give a text or call to those we haven’t seen in a while to check in. 

Next up is emails and checking out my to do list! I normally get lots of reminders for board and steering group meetings, requests for consultations and new youth opportunities. I reach out to those who have upcoming meetings and support them with any prep work or tasks, help with applications or references for new opportunities and distribute tasks and follow up actions from cabinet sessions. 

Then I’ll spend some time researching and creating content for our social media, our TikToks go down really well but take a fair bit of practice! I create any videos and get photos together and schedule some posts on Hootsuite. 

Next up is jumping on IYSS and prepping for my evening session, getting in touch with any guests and making sure we have spare games and quizzes to play as well my trusty kazoo which is now a favourite amongst Be Yourself and Youth Cabinet. 

I’ll take a break before my evening session begins and then jump back online for our video calls which have all been going really well and are normally the highlights of my day 😊 

 

Vibe summer provision

Thu, 09/07/2020

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We are constantly updating our activities and offer for young people in line with Government guidelines - please see our Coronavirus Updates page for more information on specific programmes.

We are able to restart face-to-face activities with young people for Open Access sessions, group activities and one-to-one sessions, with our Summer Programme on 27 July 2020, we will ensure to adhere to Government guidance on social distancing and attendee numbers. We will ensure we include extra provision for cleaning the centres between sessions (if held indoors). We will have hand washing provisions and sanitiser gel available, and limit the number of session attendees so that we can safely maintain a social distance. Our team will remind young people at the beginning and throughout sessions of the need to remain socially distanced from one another.

At Vibe Outdoors, we will be working within guidelines to involve small groups of no more than 5 young people during July and August. 

We are continuing to update the Vibe Virtual Offer on a weekly basis in response to the needs of young people. Over the summer we intend to provide:

  • Mindfulness activities
  • Drawing lessons
  • Movie reviews
  • Support with learning from home
  • Appreciating nature sessions
  • Taskmaster challenges
  • Wellbeing groups
  • Share your skills
  • Signposting to other services
  • Sharing good news stories
  • Self-care ideas
  • Bake-alongs

We will continue to offer online Open Access sessions, including group chats, and we will engage with young people through social media including Instagram and TikTok. We will continue to host online quizzes, challenges, and virtual activity sessions.

Familiar faces deliver lockdown surprises

Thu, 28/05/2020

One of the major challenges that many parents and families are facing during lockdown is keeping their children motivated and engaged with positive activities while the schools are closed. The Vibe team decided to make activity packs to give to the families we support. The packs contained craft materials with instruction cards, and activity suggestions such as baking cookies and cakes, play dough, or even how to make your own bird feeder.

We have provided activity packs to the families of more than seventy young carers who engage with our Me Time programme. Many families have contacted us to ask for more packs in the following weeks as they were so successful.

At the beginning of May, we wanted to do something as a special surprise for the families receiving their packs, so one of our Youth Workers dressed up in a Spiderman costume for the deliveries. Many of the children on the streets we visited came out into their gardens to wave at Spiderman and say hello. The community atmosphere was amazing.

When we arrived in Kirkby, we bumped into two community volunteers who were fundraising for the NHS, dressed as Buzz and Woody. We couldn’t resist recreating the iconic Toy Story scene with Spiderman, Buzz, Woody, and our minibus!

Knowsley Youth Cabinet lockdown activities

Thu, 20/02/2020

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We are really proud of the way that the young people involved with Knowsley Youth Cabinet have handled the stresses of lockdown. Our weekly meetings have offered a welcome distraction from the hours of work they have for school and college, and given their weeks some structure.

For the first few weeks of lockdown, we themed our sessions around wellbeing, ensuring that all of their needs were met at home, and that everyone was staying safe. However in the following weeks, we have managed to resume our usual agenda, and have even managed to host guests at our virtual sessions.

Two members of the Youth Cabinet sit on the Steering Group for LIVV Housing, and we are very proud that one member of Knowsley Youth Cabinet has been offered a mentorship with the Group CEO of LIVV Housing.

Well done to all of our fantastic Youth Cabinet for keeping so busy and motivated throughout lockdown!

Knowsley Youth Mutual gets a whole new look

Wed, 19/02/2020

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We decided we wanted a fresh new look which matched our work as a youth owned, youth led organisation. Our bright, colourful new brand has been designed in consultation with young people, and we have worked with a focus group of young people to ensure everything we deliver has youth voice in mind.

We are very proud of our history as Knowsley Youth Service within Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, and as one of the first youth services to spin out of the local authority to become a Mutual and a Community Benefit Society. Vibe is the next step in our organisation's journey to put young people at the heart of vibrant communities!

VIBE Website is up and running!!!

Mon, 17/02/2020

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