Jul. 15Community News, NewsComments Off on Over 100 people succeed with Swan’s Training and Employment programme
Swan’s Resident Involvement and Community Development team held a graduation ceremony at The Beech Community Hub to celebrate more than 100 residents who have gained formal qualifications through an innovative Training and Employment programme.
Working together with partners including Clarion Futures and course provider, WEA, the training courses are designed to help people gain the skills needed for work and, many of the participants, have already secured work placements and jobs directly related to their courses.
The innovative Training and Employment scheme offers free, certificated training to Swan residents. Since September 2018 residents have completed courses in:
Introduction to Becoming a Teaching Assistant
CACHE/NCFE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges
Introduction to Sign Language
Help your Child Manage Stress and Anxiety.
Introduction to Counselling
Strategies to Support Children with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Differences
Confidence Building and Self Esteem
Mental Health Course
Paediatric Emergency First Aid
Mobile Phone Repair
Laura, who has completed many of the courses, said: “these courses have changed my life!”. Course tutors have commented on the difference they’ve observed in Laura, how her self-esteem and confidence has improved. She has used her new found skills and confidence to get a job in a school.
Caroline Richardson, Swan’s Head of Resident Involvement and Community Development said “Congratulations to everyone who has completed a course. At Swan we are dedicated to improving our communities. This means we do more than simply provide homes; we actively support people to gain skills that help them to improve their employment prospects.”
The Beechwood Community Centre has been relaunched to promote the Centre and the amazing projects being delivered there.
Food, drink and music was enjoyed by everyone who attended, and there was an opportunity to have a go at some of our activities. There was boxing and table tennis for those who wanted to get active, arts and crafts for those who wanted to get creative, and our Community Cuppa for those who just wanted to sit back, relax and read the days newspapers. We even had a face painter and balloon maker who entertained both children and adults alike!
Over 60 residents came along to the event, 10 of whom signed up to take part in our projects, including the new Count Me In campaign. This campaign is aimed at encouraging and empowering residents to develop and deliver projects for residents with the support of Swans Community Development Team.
The Beech is a key asset in building a strong and vibrant community and we look forward to hosting many more successful events in the future!
A superb Christmas party this afternoon at #TheBeechHub. Thanks to Beechwood Village Community Trust, Uncle Kams & Nisa Locally for the food and refreshments and all the residents that came along to enjoy the afternoon with us. Merry Christmas!
Jun. 05Community News, NewsComments Off on How should we improve the open spaces at Beechwood?
Come along on Saturday 17 June 2017 between 12pm and 5pm and let us know how you would like to improve the open spaces on the Beechwood estate. We’ll be walking around the area and you can come and talk to us at any of the locations on the map on the poster. FREE ice cream for all participants too!
We really look forward to hearing about your ideas!
Jan. 25Community News, NewsComments Off on Last chance to volunteer to help shape the future of Beechwood
Swan Housing Association, in partnership with Basildon Borough Council (BBC) has announced the successful recruitment of the first trustees for the new Beechwood Village Community Trust. The Trust which was established by members of Swan’s Resident Involvement and Community Development team as well as officers from BBC was created to:
1. Encourage inclusive social integration and positive activities 2. Develop community safety initiatives 3. Provide support for learning / training and development opportunities 4. Promote the protection of the environment
The Swan and BBC representatives have been approved and one local resident has already been recruited to the Trust, which will deliver a programme of projects and initiatives to enhance the lives of the individuals that live on the Beechwood and Craylands estates in Basildon.
There is still time for additional members to join, as Swan and BBC are looking for both local and independent volunteers who are keen to make a difference and who have the time and energy to help the trust to flourish.
If you’re interested in applying or to find out more contact: Swan’s Head of Resident Involvement and Community Development: