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41 Murchison Street, Wick, Caithness, KW1 5HW Tel 01955 606950 Fax 01955 604918 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Scottish Charity No. SC 033675 Limited Company No. 272750
Newsletter - June 2011
A REMARKABLE young man who turned his life around with help from the Pulteneytown People’s Project is now helping us in return – by building our new Community Centre. At the start of 2010, Billy Gray, 18, heard about the PPP through someone who already attended the PPP Target programme. Coming along for a chat, he enrolled in the Target program himself. The Target program aims to get young adults into a job through practical skills, taking part in courses, finding work experience, and practicing job applications and mock interviews. Whilst at Target Billy heard about Live Learn Work and showed an interest. Due to his willingness to learn and dedication Billy was accepted into Live Learn Work. The Live Learn Work programme seeks to place young, homeless adults in accommodation, ensuring that participants go onto gain training, education and employment. After entering Live Learn Work he was allocated a flat and supported throughout his short assured tenancy. Through the programme Billy learned new skills and increased in confidence, taking courses in first aid, fire awareness and power tool handling to name but a few. Billy said: “I started coming along to the PPP in April 2010 and they helped me move into my own flat in Wick. “They supported me all the way and gave me advice on how to keep to a budget, cooking tips and so many different things to do with my flat.” Starting a college course in trade skills he soon managed to secure a placement with construction company MM Miller. Making a lasting impression with the company, Billy was offered a full apprenticeship. “I’m currently working at MM Millers, helping to build the new Pulteneytown People’s Project Community Centre,” Billy said. “I help out in lots of different areas of MM Millers, everything from pouring cement to assisting the bricklayers. It’s been really good so far, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. “Getting a wage at the end of each week is great. I hope to stay on at MM Miller’s in the future as I really like the job. It means a lot to me to be working and earning a living.” Now living in his own flat Billy is finding the sky is the limit as he starts out on his new career.
Lads Learning for Life: 10am- 4pm Mums Fun: 11am - 4pm Target, Thurso High School: 9:30am 4:30pm MAASK: 3pm - 5:15pm Boy’s Group: 3:30pm - 5pm Computer Group 1: 6pm - 8pm
Special Events this Month
The MAASK Summer Club is almost here! See page 2 for full details. Lads Learning 4 Life starts on June 13th - a group for the guys designed around learning and sports.
Target: 9am - 3pm Cooking Class: 9am - 1pm Ladies Sewing Group: 10am 12pm Ladies Knitting Group: 2pm - 4pm MAASK: 3pm - 5:15pm WEDNESDAY
Cover Page: Read the story of how one man who attended PPP is now helping build the Community Centre Page 1: PPP have won a National Training Programme HomeLink have news concerning the Scottish Care Awards Page 2: Lads Learning 4 Life is due to start later this month The MAASK Summer Club is nearly here! Back Page: Our contact information and details on where to find out more stories from the PPP.
To Get More Info On Any Of Our Projects Or To Book A Session Please Get In Touch 41 Murchison Street, Wick, Caithness, KW1 5HW Telephone: 01955 606950 Fax: 01955 604918 Email: email@example.com
Carnegie Group: 9am - 2pm Computer Group 3: 11am - 1pm Watten Computer Group: 1:30pm 4.30pm MAASK: 3pm - 5:15pm Computer Group 2: 6pm - 8pm
Thurso Drop-in: 10am - 5pm Art class: 2pm - 4pm Job Club: 10am - 5pm MAASK: 3pm - 5:15pm THURSDAY
Access To College: 9am - 5pm Ladies Group: 10am - 12pm Wick Drop-in: 12pm - 5pm Ladies Group: 2pm - 4pm MAASK: 3pm - 5:15pm
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Community Centre Construction Blog: May 23rd
Get Ready For Work
PULTENEYTOWN People’s Project has won a National Training Programme to deliver Get Ready for Work placements in Caithness and Sutherland. Chief executive Katrina MacNab commended staff who had worked hard on developing the PPP Learning Centre so they were in a position to tender for and subsequently win the opportunity to provide this service in the northern counties. “Previously the contract has been awarded to national companies who only provide outreach workers in the area, keeping the administration and management jobs in Inverness or the Central Belt,” Mrs MacNab explained. “We have had to take our small Learning Centre, started only four years ago, on to another level to demonstrate that we can deliver this contract.” The PPP has itself benefitted from similar programmes. Nicole Cassie started her placement with the PPP three years ago, and is now a valued member of staff. Nicole said: “When I was on a GRFW placement I was supported to learn the job, so when my placement came to an end and I was offered a job I knew what it involved,” she explained. “I also knew it was the career I wanted to be involved in, and from day one of the job I was confident as I had just completed a 26-week placement. “I left school with no positive destination and I now have three years of work experience and I am studying for my degree.” Easing young adults into working life and with many benefits to local employers, Get Ready for Work will prove to be great boon to Caithness. Anyone wishing more information should contact Vince Walker on 01955 606950.
Community Centre Construction Blog: May 30th
Lads Learning 4 Life
THE Training Centre is looking for young fathers and men interested in sport to come along on Mondays for Lads Learning 4 Life. Starting June 13th at 10am, Lads Learning 4 Life will be a practical and theoretical group where you can learn and develop some life skills as well as train towards gaining a certificate in Sports Leadership which can be used to help run activity days and sport sessions in the community. The ultimate aim of Lads Learning 4 Life will be to organise and host a sporting event or festival for young people in the community, putting everything learned over the previous weeks into practice. Each Monday will start with a small discussion on approaches to sports coaching and how to plan events, followed by a break to prepare and enjoy lunch, before ending with a practical session playing football and other sports. At Lads Learning 4 Life you will discover how to safely run football matches, mountain biking trips, orienteering and lots of outdoor activities all whilst improving your literacy and maths skills. A friendly, relaxed group, Lads Learning 4 Life will be the perfect chance to learn something new and play some football.
Timber additions are now visible on certain parts of the building and some doorways and other aspects of the finished structure are starting to be seen. Work is still being carried out on the upper floor with the large network of scaffolding being put to good use. Over the coming weeks more work is due to be started on the roofing and the ground floor which will really make a difference to the aesthetics of the site.
Scottish Care Awards
HOMELINK Caithness came back from the Scottish Care Awards 2011 with a little surprise – a wonderful trophy! On May 27 Mo Sutherland and Helen Sutherland attended the awards ceremony in Glasgow as representatives of the HomeLink and office staff. Out of 250 applicants HomeLink were shortlisted to the final eight and then found themselves on stage receiving a trophy as runners-up. This fantastic award is thoroughly deserved and recognition of all the time and effort shown by the HomeLink and office staff each day.
The timber framing has started going up in earnest and sections like the roof to the multi-functional hall are gaining form and definition. More individual rooms are starting to take shape and lots of work is going on behind the walls which you just can't see from the street. These features will be at the heart of the building, keeping it sturdy and durable. This stage of the build will continue for a few more weeks until the entire substructure walling is complete
MAASK Summer Club is Coming!
GET ready for the MAASK Summer Club! Starting July 4th to the 22nd in South School there will be lots for the children to do. Activities so far include arts and crafts, football, parachute games and outdoor sports, as well as trips to Dunrobin Castle, Campster Cairns, Caithness Summer Fruits, various playparks and our yearly trip to Landmark. The children will even be entering items into the County Show in the categories of “Frame your Pet” and “Flower Arrangement in your Favourite Toy”. This will be great fun for the children and will give them a sense of pride and achievement. We will also be attending “It’s a Knockout” which is being held in Thurso this year. We join up with other holiday clubs and have a barbeque, play games and compete for the “It’s a Knockout” shield. Monday to Friday, 9-5, prices are £9 for a full day and £6 for a half day – this price includes a pick-up and drop-off service plus a light snack. Toast and a drink are provided for breakfast but Parents are asked to provide a packed lunch.
Don’t forget that you can also view our Community Centre Construction Blog online through the PPP website. Get weekly updates on progress and watch the building grow: www.pulteneytownpeoplesproject.org.uk/centre_updates.html
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