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Halton Recharge

Thu, 04/11/2021

Halton recharge

Halton Recharge

Recharge can support those young people who require someone to listen to them, provide a safe space to reconnect, offer opportunities for reflection, gain self-awareness, make time for self-care, and develop mindfulness. The programme is delivered by youth workers who can get to know and understand the situation the young person is facing, and can support them to learn to cope with adversity while sustaining their mental wealth, help them to rebuild social connections, and focus on their happiness and confidence building.

The programme runs Monday and Thursday evenings from 6pm - 8pm for 12 weeks and is open to anyone aged between 11 - 19. 

To register for Halton Recharge, click here

 

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Recharge Halton information post

Knowsley Heritage Grants

Mon, 13/09/2021

Our Place Skate park gets a more inclusive makeover thanks to Heritage Grants

Young people from across Knowsley were able to take part in a Graffiti art project in Our Place, Huyton thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through One Knowsley. The aim of the project was for the young people to learn more about the artistry of graffiti and its connection to skating culture, so they could produce artwork that is representative of them and can be proudly displayed in the skate park area.

The resulting graffiti art is amazing and local young people were able to learn a lot about the heritage of skate culture as well as skills of research, teamwork and graffiti art. 

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Heritage grants project

Many thanks to One Knowsley, for awarding us a Knowsley Heritage Grant of £2,780 to fund our Skate Culture & Art in Knowsley Project, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We're going to the NDA's!

Thu, 29/07/2021

NDA's

Dean Leake, Chair of Knowsley Youth Cabinet and Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Knowsley has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Dean has been shortlisted for the Positive Role Model, Age at the National Diversity Awards 2021.

An astonishing 52,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 4th February to witness the countries 2021 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Amongst those being honoured are charities, campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Dean, 18 said; I feel absolutely ecstatic to be shortlisted for the Positive Role Model award for Age at the upcoming National Diversity Awards. To even be considered for such a prestigious award is a huge honour, and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the supportive messages I have received since being nominated. I am eternally grateful to the judges and everyone who nominated me for giving me this opportunity.

NielsenIQ, Auto Trader and Kantar have recently been announced as sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 1000 grass root groups and diversity champions since its inception. ITV News are also listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent, providing a platform to our unsung heroes.

Rachel Corp, Editor, ITV News said: “We are pleased that ITV News will once again be supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others have made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society. We look forward to introducing the 2020 nominees to our viewers across the regions and nation.”

Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA's continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures

such as Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton. Activist Katie Piper, Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano and Paralympic Gold Medallist Danny Creates were on this year’s judging panel, dedicating their time to help choose the highly anticipated shortlist.

Author and philanthropist, Katie Piper said: “I am so proud to be on the judging panel for the National Diversity Awards. In what has been a tough year for many, I am so pleased these awards create and celebrate a new generation of positive role models. As a campaigner myself, I will love reading about the excellent achievements of grass-root communities which tackle the issues in today’s society with sheer dedication. I can’t wait to honour these charities, role models and community heroes who will have shown outstanding commitment to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Previous winners include actor Warwick Davis, men’s mental health charity Andys Man Club and reformed breast cancer survivor Codilia Gapare.

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added, “During challenging times, it is now more important than ever to recognise our nation’s unsung role models. Let me reiterate that creating this shortlist was extremely difficult due to the vast amount of iinvaluable work being carried out by nominees. The UK has truly embraced the spirit of The National Diversity Awards by uniting through adversity to create a host of incredible initiatives. The profound impact made by all our nominees is astonishing, and I feel personally encouraged to know that so many lives are being changed for the better due to the many causes being championed by all of you.

After weeks of deliberating and thousands of heartfelt testimonials later, I am delighted to finally present to you the best of British Diversity.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is an honour to recognise your fearlessness, resilience and humanitarian efforts with the rest of the world. Let’s continue the fight for justice, unity and equality for all”.

To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2021shortlist

Halton Outreach

Wed, 07/07/2021

Halton

Vibe is delighted to announce a partnership with Halton Borough Council to provide Outreach services across Runcorn and Widnes. 

Starting Thursday 8 July, and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, between 7 pm – 9 pm, Vibe youth workers will be working with young people from Widnes and Runcorn, offering age-appropriate engaging interventions, across public spaces. 

Youth workers will be prioritising prevalent themes which could include mental health, criminality, substance misuse, sexual health and anti-social behaviour. Combined with signposting to stimulating diversionary activities that are safe, fun and provide opportunities to develop essential life skills.

Through street-based outreach sessions, Vibe will provide an offer to all, including to those who are highlighted as harder to engage and those who are less likely to

access traditional youth services.

Brian Rodgers, Business Development Manager at Vibe says: 

“Vibe youth workers are driven by our passion to reverse the disadvantage that many young people face or whose trajectory is to become ‘just another statistic. Our qualified trusted, expert youth workers are looking forward to positively engaging and supporting young people to make effective, informed decisions. 

Vibe has a proven specialist track record to effectively engage with all young people. This is a testament to our passion for young people our staff and their youth-focused, family supportive, holistic delivery approach. We are constantly striving to ensure the offer we deliver, is what the young people need to flourish and succeed.”

Vibe’s proven abilities and expertise have been demonstrated across alternative contract delivery in Knowsley, which has been running right through the lockdown. 

“We have proven that a presence in places and spaces where young people are congregating, means we can create interactions and relationships between local business owners, residents and people of authority e.g., Police, to positively impacting safety and reducing the potential for altercations, anti-social behaviour or incidents from occurring.”

Vibe will revisit hotspot areas weekly and familiarise themselves with the young people aged between 10 -19 (25 with SEND) who spend time there. Vibe Staff can provide advice on mental health issues, substance abuse, employment and education, sexual health, and by positioning themselves as a non-judgemental ‘trusted adult’ they can develop meaningful interactions with. 

For more information on the Vibe Outreach programme, contact [email protected] or call Steven on 07585 987 447.

 

 

 

HAF Summer 2021 is now LIVE!

Fri, 25/06/2021

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) is set to return this Summer at Vibe.

The programme which is aimed at supporting families and children in the school holidays has been running since 2018 but has been significantly expanded this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme ensures that young people have access to healthy food and enriching activities throughout the school holidays. The Government also wants children and young people to be more active during the upcoming summer holidays, so they do not become socially isolated.

Vibe’s free HAF Summer activities programme offers over 3,000 spaces for young people aged between 11 – 18 (from the age of 8 in some centres) across Huyton, Kirkby, Whiston, Prescot and Cronton and is targeted specifically at young people who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals.

Vibe programmes include a theme each week that influences music, art, cooking, sports, nutrition, wellbeing as well as outdoor activities for young people to enjoy with their friends this summer.

Charlotte Brookes, Vibe Operations Manager and the Lead for Vibe’s HAF programme said: “After the last 18 months, we know young people have faced and overcome many challenges, we are astounded by their resilience, confidence and support they offered their family and friends during this pandemic. We want to give them a summer to remember at Vibe and so we’ve been working on our summer programme for the last two months to make it as exciting and enjoyable as possible. Taking on feedback from our Easter programme, Summer will now be themed for each of the four weeks with all activities, meals and snacks relating to each theme. Like all of our Open Access offers, young people will be able to take part in a range of activities they choose once they arrive on site. We are looking forward to welcoming our young people back this summer and think the HAF programme is as inclusive for all young people.”

 The Vibe summer HAF programme will operate in a similar way to the Easter project, in collaboration with Volair Leisure Centres and as part of the Knowsley SNAP programme. Sessions are funded by the Department for Education’s Holiday, Activities and Food Grant and offers four hours of activities with a meal, four days per week over the four-week summer period. Families with Children aged 11 and over (with age 8 for all Our Place, Huyton sessions) can book now at vibeuk.org/book-online

Picture Your Future with The Learning Foundry

Tue, 15/06/2021

Making talent shine in Knowsley 

We’re partnering with The Learning Foundry to make talent shine in Knowsley!  Picture Your Future is a new 12-week free training programme starting 5th July 2021 with routes into employment, bringing your dream job closer.  You’ll be earning a wage in no time!  Get the skills you need, develop your confidence, and get ready for work.

What will I do?

The Learning Foundry want to help you to picture your future and get ready for work, whatever your dream career is!  As part of our free 12 week programme, you'll blend classroom learning with real work experience to get the skills you need for work! 

For the first 4 weeks, you'll be with us at Vibe HQ, building your knowledge and skills in teamwork, resilience and employability with some exciting challenges. Then from week 5 onwards, you'll join a top local employers to put your skills into practice in the workplace for 2 days per week!  You'll continue to learn in the classroom for 2 days too, developing your Maths, English and employabilityThe picture your future programme with The Learning Foundry is unique, with some amazing opportunities to take part in archery, canoeing, climbing and more.

The opportunities don't stop when your course ends!  After the programme, we'll help you to seek out your next steps, whether it's an apprenticeship, employment, or education.You could be earning a wage within 13 weeks! 

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Am I eligible?

Picture your future and join our flexible and free programme, there are a few eligibility criteria you'll need to meet.

You'll need to:

  • Be aged 16-24
  • Be unemployed, and not in education or training.
  • Have not been on a traineeship course before
  • Not have a qualification at Level 3 or above

If you're unsure, just give us a shout!  Call Stu on 0300 123 8088 to ask.

Find out more and apply via The Learning Foundry

How do you feel about A Levels in Knowsley?

Tue, 08/06/2021

How do you feel about leaving Knowsley to complete your A levels?

A recent report in the Daily Express covered how any young person living in Knowsley had to leave the area in order to complete A Levels. 

Labour MP Maria Eagle, who represents Garston and Halewood, as “a slow-burning catastrophe” for the area.

She said: “Over time young families who aspire for their kids won’t move to Knowsley. We’ll end up with a desert of expectation, reinforcing a downward spiral in terms of educational achievement.

“Many pupils in Knowsley and Halewood have as much potential as anyone else but they tend to be poorer. The extra cost of travelling would be enough to take away the chance of academic achievement from these kids.”

Many of our young people travel by bus, train and bike to neighbouring boroughs to complete their A Levels, if you're one of them, get in touch and share your story - we will share them on our socials! 

 

Vibe at the National Diversity Awards

Tue, 27/04/2021

Young people in Knowsley recognised by National Diversity Awards 

Vibe is delighted to announce several nominations for Knowsley in the prestigious National Diversity Awards. 

We are now asking for the local community to get behind us and put Knowsley on the map! 

Vibe’s Be Yourself group has been nominated for the Community Organisation (LGBT) Award. The Be Yourself group is a safe space for young people aged 11-19 in Knowsley who identify as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community. The group welcomes and supports young people as they explore and come to terms with their identity, advocating for LGBTQIA+ young people. 

Helen McGorrin, Youth Worker from Be Yourself said: 

“Be Yourself is currently the only active LGBTQIA+ provision in Knowsley. At one time there was another active ‘Queer Youth’ group but unfortunately, they had to move on from the area. To ensure their young people still had access to support, Be Yourself offered a partnership and opened up their rented space to make sure that no young person was left without a place to go. I am delighted to receive this nomination in recognition of the fantastic work our young people have achieved in creating a safe space for all young people in the LGBTQIA+ community.” 

Two of Vibe’s young people have also been nominated. Abi Kirkby (17) has been nominated in the Positive Role Model (Age) category, for her outstanding contribution to social action across the borough.  

Around her A-level commitments, Abi is a Knowsley Young Advisor, represents youth voice on the Children’s and Families Board, is the current Vice-Chair at Knowsley Youth Cabinet, a POSH (Pioneer for Sustainable Hope) ambassador and has set up and is the founder of her schools Eco Committee, championing sustainability and planet-friendly initiatives. One of the other schemes Abi developed was to tackle fast fashion, she set up a swap shop in school where people could donate their old uniforms, P.E kits or other clothing and students could rent them for a small cost to cover the price of washing, not only was this helpful to the environment but also offered students an alternative option if they struggled to afford new uniforms. 

As a POSH ambassador Abi has completed a beach clean, got young people and decision-makers involved in making pledges to help the environment, distributed reusable straws to reduce plastic waste, featured in a climate change video that was shown to local councillors to encourage them to put steps in place to make Knowsley greener, developed and delivered sessions to young people and families around recycling and made seed bombs with them to spread in the local community. 

Dean Leake (18) has been nominated in the Positive Role Model (LGBT) category for his commitment to championing young people across Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region. 

Dean is on the autistic spectrum and identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, understanding how it can feel to be marginalised with a lack of representation. He uses a range of platforms to raise awareness on important issues such as politics, racism, hate crime and LGBT+ rights through writing, radio and vlogging. As a guest on BBC Radio 5 Question Time, Dean has represented the voice of young people and brought to attention the feelings of LGBTQIA+ young people, how they are coping during the pandemic, and the negative repercussions of exams being cancelled affect young people in our region.  

Dean is also known on the airways locally, as part of two local radio shows that he planned and hosted, one was a Politics and current affairs show where he recapped stories from the week, delved into politics and covered different topics of interest. The other show was ‘Out There’ which had an LGBT focus. These shows discussed difficult topics at a level that was understandable and relatable to other young people in Knowsley, educating them on things outside of the current school curriculum.  

Finally, Project Lead for Open Access, Lauren Burke has been nominated in the Positive Role Model Category, for her contribution to youth work across Knowsley. 

Nominated by her colleagues “Lauren plays a key role in keeping young people and the community safe and engaged, she works with local community centres, Police, CSO’s and schools to develop street-based sessions to keep young people out of trouble and involved in positive activities, working with these partners collecting intel and concentrating efforts on local hotspots. Lauren works with young people directly on the streets helping prevent anti-social behaviour and promotes opportunities for them to get involved with. Being from Knowsley herself Lauren has lots of knowledge of the area and local families providing a friendly face for people to come to.” 

Vibe is delighted to be recognised by the National Diversity Awards, and hope as many people in Knowsley get behind our nominees by voting! Nominations close on Friday 4 June, with the awards ceremony taking place at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in February 2022.  

About the National Diversity Awards  

The National Diversity Awards – a prestigious black-tie event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-roots communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work. 

 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to vote: 

  • Visit https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominations-home/ 

  • Type the name of your chosen nominee in the ‘Nominee Search’ bar and select enter 

  • Select the correct profile (The link shown at the top of the page is the nominees direct voting link) 

  • Complete the form and validate your vote via email 

 

 

The first Vibe Corporate Cup has been announced!

Fri, 16/04/2021

Corporate Cup fundraising events

The first Vibe Corporate Cup has been announced!

With the roadmap to exiting lockdown underway, could your organisation benefit from the ultimate away day to reconnect and get you thinking as a team?

On Friday 23 July, Vibe is hosting the first annual Corporate Cup at the Vibe Outdoors centre on Lord Derby’s Estate in Knowsley. Teams of six people will take on four challenges – two land-based, and two water-based activities. It’s the ultimate team-building task, designed to bring out a little friendly competition and test your problem-solving skills.

Our experienced team of specialists at Vibe Outdoors will be there to support your team every step of the way, making sure you come away having learned some new skills and experienced all we have to offer at our fantastic outdoor education centre. Vibe Outdoors is rarely open to the public, so this is a great chance to come and see what we have to offer on a beautiful lake-side setting.

The Corporate Cup is raising funds to support Vibe. At Vibe, we offer great programmes and services that support young people to build positive relationships with themselves and others, and play a central role in creating vibrant communities. Vibe offer open-access youth clubs as well as targeted programmes that support young people with specific needs, such as young carers, getting into education or employment, or activities for those with additional needs or disabilities.

Vibe has more than 2,000 members – that’s 2,000 young people in Knowsley who have a safe place to go, with someone to talk to, and positive activities to take part in. But with cuts to funding for youth services over the past decade totaling more than £1bn across the UK, youth clubs and programmes are in danger of closure without public support. Young people are in need of us more than ever after the disruption to their education, employment prospects, social lives, and mental health caused by a year of pandemic restrictions.

The Corporate Cup fundraising target is £900 per team (£150 per person!) and Vibe is on hand every step of the way to support you towards your fundraising goals. There is also a £20 per person cost, which covers the costs of the event for us and means that all funds raised will go towards supporting young people’s services. The entry fee includes a t-shirt to wear and lunch on the day of the event.

For more information and to sign up, email [email protected]

Vibe HAF Programme

Tue, 06/04/2021

Knowsley children who are eligible for free school meals will be able to enjoy a range of free healthy living activities over the Easter half-term.

Knowsley SNAP (Sports, Nutrition, Active Play) will return for the Easter break, ensuring all children in the borough will continue to have access to a healthy meal while they’re away from school. The sessions, which have been funded by the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Grant, will be managed by staff from Vibe and Volair.

Starting on Tuesday 6 April, activities will take place indoors (following social distancing guidelines) and outdoors and will range from archery to multi-sports and arts and crafts.

There will also be health and wellbeing workshops focussing on things like nutrition and mental health.

There are 780 places available to attend the activities, with an additional 960 virtual places available to attend a mixture of pre-recorded and live online sessions. The sessions will include a healthy meal provided by the Knowsley Kitchen partnership.

Activities will take place in the following venues:

  • Vibe Our Place Youth Club, Huyton
  • Volair Halewood
  • Volair Kirkby

Online sessions, which will take place in the evenings, will include Easter crafts, healthy cooking, games and quiz nights and physical and mental health workshops. Content for the sessions has been designed in consultation with young people.

COVID-secure measures include:

  • Small groups
  • Social distancing measures inside and outside
  • Hand sanitisers will be available
  • Young people (11+) will be asked to wear a face mask throughout the activity unless exempt

Book for anyone aged 8 and over here

Vibe celebrating International Happiness Day

Mon, 22/03/2021

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Ahead of International Day of Happiness, on 20 March 2021, young people at Vibe have been sending messages of hope to their local communities.

The messages came after a rise in reported loneliness across the Knowsley borough. The project, led by Vibe young people in Me Time and Open Access, aimed to brighten the day of local residents.

Dean Leake, Chair of Knowsley Youth Cabinet said: “As a cabinet, we decided to create these messages of hope to address the issue of loneliness within our community, as this lockdown especially has been difficult and overwhelming for so many of us. Whilst loneliness is normally associated with older residents, we want to recognise the fact that our young people are struggling too. We want to inspire them with confidence for their future, and let them know that they are far from alone in how they’re feeling”

100 ‘bags of happiness’ were created, each containing a message to bring hope and an image by a young person from Vibe, plus some lockdown essentials;

  • A positive affirmation to remind you to be kind to yourself
  • A coin to bring you luck and a tasty treat
  • Bubble wrap to pop your troubles away
  • An elastic band to remind you you will always bounce back
  • Love hearts to remind you you are loved
  • A teabag to make you feel warm inside
  • Sunflower seeds to remind you to always keep your chin up to the light
  • A jigsaw piece to remind you that you are an important part of your community.
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Message of Hope

The bags were distributed to the Big Help Project, ForHousing and some locally nominated Knowsley residents.

Peter Mitchell, Executive Chair at Big Help said: "We were delighted to receive these Messages of Hope from the young people at Vibe. Young people are so often the target of sweeping negative stereotypes, but these young people exemplify a new generation that not only cares about people in society but steps up and takes meaningful action to make a positive contribution in our communities. We know that these messages of hope will have made a vital difference to those who received them, and we truly appreciate the whole team at Vibe for helping us to be there for people in Knowsley during these difficult times."

Charlotte Brookes, Operations Manager at Vibe: “As a youth-led organisation, we’re very proud of the campaigns our young people choose to champion. We know the latest lockdown has been particularly difficult for members of the Knowsley community, and I’m delighted that our young people have taken action to combat loneliness across the borough. We had an influx of anonymous nominations from our young people, so I hope that those residents that received a Message of Hope inside their bag of happiness have a great International Happiness Day.”

STKEL wins double at National Crimebeat Awards

Wed, 17/03/2021

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Stop the Knives Ending Lives won the Youth Lead award at this evening Crimebeat Awards, and in a shock announcement, also won the High Sherriff’s Association Award, in recognition of the reach of the campaign, despite launching just days before last year’s lockdown. Watch the video here. 

Led by MYP Jess, a pupil at St Edmund Arrowsmith, The Cabinet’s campaign aimed to raise awareness about the impact of knife crime through engagement with community partners and secondary schools across the borough. The initiative was developed following incidents of knife crime that have occurred in the borough including the tragic murder of Adam Ellison in 2017. 

Jess said: “After our launch, we were put into the first lockdown in 2020, which meant that we couldn’t go to schools and youth clubs to share our campaign as originally planned. As a result of this, we adapted and relaunched the campaign on social media, reaching over 5000 people. This isn’t the end of Stop the Knives Ending Lives; we aim to expand our reach and continue to work with the community and support families like Adam Ellison’s and the ADAM Foundation.”

Paul Oginsky, Chief Executive Officer at Vibe “We approach youth work and working with young people from one key focus: helping young people to improve their relationships. We believe that when young people have positive relationships with themselves and with others, they are able to play a positive role in building vibrant communities. I’m delighted that the hard work of our Youth Cabinet has been recognised in such a prestigious ceremony. Whilst I know that our young people were hoping for a trip to London, the fact that so many of our local community logged online to watch the ceremony, really proves the impact this campaign has had.

Prior to the win, Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “This nomination is well deserved and it’s brilliant to see Knowsley’s Youth Cabinet being recognised for their dedication and hard work. We should all be incredibly proud of these young people for creating and driving positive change in our borough.

Inspector Sharon O’Brien of Merseyside Police said: “The Community is at the centre of this initiative with the aim to reduce incidents of knife crime and raise awareness. But this is just the start of the journey. The programme aims to promote the voices of young people, listening to their worries and acting upon them. It is with great pleasure to see this initiative be so well received and I can’t wait to see this scheme continue to grow.”  

The High Sheriff of Merseyside said: “I am pleased that this nomination has received national recognition and I wish them every success. It is exciting to see them get recognised along with other initiatives being created to protect our wider community.”

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More about the Crimebeat Awards

Merseyside Police coordinate the awards for the county on behalf of The High Sheriff of Merseyside. The High Sheriff then selects the local winners and puts them forward for the national awards.

Regardless of where the idea has come from, the project should have a beneficial effect on the community aimed at reducing crime, either directly, or by preventing crime from being committed.

Knowsley Youth Cabinet won the ‘Youth Lead’ category and the High Sheriff’s Association Award.

More about Knowsley Youth Cabinet

From social to political campaigns, Knowsley Youth Cabinet gives young people the chance to have their say and make their voices heard. Meeting fortnightly, it offers a chance for members to meet like-minded people their age and participate in local and national events around the country. For more information, contact [email protected]

 

Mind Moves - Head in the right direction

Tue, 02/03/2021

Mind Moves - a new mentoring service in Knowsley 

Have you ever had a deep and meaningful conversation with a taxi driver? Or found it much easier to share your worries and anxieties while you’re a passenger in a car, or at the hairdressers, when you’re only facing yourself in the mirror?

Over many years of working with people, I have found that traditional mentoring discussions, face to face over a table, can sometimes be too intense for many people. They might find it invasive and awkward to engage in the direct eye to eye communication. Their discomfort means that getting to the heart of their issues can be a struggle.

It’s no secret that when we’re not looking someone in the eye, conversations feel much more manageable, you can look out of the window to take time to collect your thoughts. By avoiding direct eye contact, speaking your mind is much less intimidating. 

This is why Mind Moves was created; to remove the barriers that traditional one to one mentoring can present, and to offer people a safe space to share with their mentor without the intimidation of having to look them in the eye. 

Mind Moves gives people the best opportunity to share with their mentor, offering a safe, judgement-free space that removes conversational barriers that traditional mentoring can present. 

Find out more - https://www.mindmoves.co.uk/

SEND Youth Voice Launches for Young People across Knowsley

Tue, 08/12/2020

SEND youthvoice

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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Join SEND youth Voice

 

 

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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