Positive Youth Foundation worked with partners across the city to offer a whole weeks’ worth of celebration events open for all of Coventry’s residents.
At just one of the venues in the week we saw over 600 attendances at Fargo Village at special Refugee Week events, with over 50 volunteers supporting and over 30 hours of provision. We also played a part in the wider Refugee Week celebrations at Fulham FC at the National Refugee Tournament with both of our Under 16 and Under 19 teams leaving on a high!
The hope is that through the success of partnership working and the sheer enjoyment of communities throughout, Coventry Refugee Week can be cemented into the future of the city, building year on year. The whole event was used as a pilot for the city and a researcher from Coventry University will support us in evaluating the week. Keep close to our updates and full case study of Coventry Refugee Week!
Positive Youth Foundation were invited to attend Coventry University’s Excellence Awards after being part of a nomination for the award Creating Better Futures.
PYF worked with Danai Mikelli of Coventry University to complete a VR (Virtual Reality) Project called VR Kaleidoscope, which engaged young people in creating individual VR films with 360 cameras.
The young people were mentored throughout by university students who shared their skills to create films illustrating their “sense of place”.
Tanzila, one of the young people on the programme has expressed an interest in continuing on making 360 films and said “It was a once in a life time opportunity and all about expressing who you are as an individual”.
Although we didn’t win, being a part of the memorable project and evening really highlighted the exciting ways in which technology will continue to develop and impact on our lives.
Positive Youth Foundation celebrated many of its young people over the past month with two Award ceremonies!
First up it was the turn of our Raising Aspirations Programme, for young people who have attended our alternative education provision and achieved great attendance and qualifications around developing personal skills and employability. With a few funny personal awards for individuals including; Best Double Act and Biggest Daydreamer!
It was fantastic to see young people and their families take a break to celebrate their achievements, all PYF staff are very proud of each learner and their progress!
Secondly we held the Positive Youth Foundation Youth Achievement Awards to celebrate our wonderful volunteers and issue them their certificates for accreditations achieved through their commitment to Leadership Academies.
Our volunteers give their time to support events and community sessions whilst working through qualifications to evidence their time and understand the skills they have gained.
We can’t thank them enough for being so committed and bringing the energy! PYF also used the award ceremony to introduce new young people into the world of volunteering at PYF with over 20 new sign ups to future events!
Original Article and Image Credit: Coventry City Council.
Partners from across Coventry have launched the Coventry Domestic Abuse Strategy 2018-2023 to tackle domestic abuse in the city.
The strategy will take a long-term preventative approach to tackling domestic abuse, including honour-based violence and forced marriage.
The strategy focuses on:
- improving awareness and understanding across all levels of society;
- providing services tailored to local need, and removing barriers to service access;
- empowering victims to report, and break free from the cycle of abuse;
- protecting children and ensuring that their voices are heard and valued;
- and facilitating behaviour change in perpetrators, whilst also ensuring that they are held accountable for their actions.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation, although women and children carry the greatest burden.
The rate of domestic abuse is higher in Coventry than the national average. Between April 2016 and July 2017 there were more than 2700 domestic abuse incidents recorded by West Midlands Police in Coventry.
The consequences of domestic abuse are devastating. It is associated with an increased risk of mental and physical health problems; and children exposed to domestic abuse are at an increased risk of becoming a victim or perpetrator themselves.
Cllr Pervez Akhtar, Deputy Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities said: “Domestic abuse in all its forms is an issue which needs our attention – we all have to play a part in tackling not just the crimes themselves, but the root causes.
“Across England, almost two million people experienced domestic abuse in 2016-17.
“For too many people, domestic abuse is part and parcel of their daily lives and it is present in all of our city’s communities. The strategy aims to change that – we want to consign these crimes to history.”
The Coventry Domestic Violence and Abuse Partnership, made up of Refuge, Barnardo’s, Valley House, Panahghar and Fry Housing, provides services for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse in Coventry. Coventry Haven supports women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
Individuals of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee background; adults with care and support needs including disabled people; older people; men; and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can face additional barriers to accessing support services.
The priorities of the strategy have been informed by consultation with a wide range of partners including users and providers of domestic abuse services, voluntary and community sector organisations, West Midlands Police, Coventry and Rugby CCG, and colleagues from health and social care, and education.
Targeted engagement has also been carried out with young people and adults with care and support needs with the help of Positive Youth Foundation and Grapevine
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health at Coventry City Council, added: “The strategy has been developed with contributions from many voluntary, and community groups and organisations. That’s important because it needs all of us to be vigilant and we need to help understand domestic abuse in all its forms and support victims to bring these crimes out into the open.”
You can find a video, specially crafted for the launch, on the Coventry City Council YouTube channel.
The Positive Youth Foundation (Lá PYF) are delighted to announce that we have signed Abu Sufian Miah to become our new centre-forward for the BBO program. Following a stringent scouting mission, the decision to award the star player a two-year contract was taken by the club.
Abu said: “I’m very happy to be here, I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing and win some titles. It’s a great club”.
‘It was an easy decision for me to make when I heard that Lá PYF were interested in signing me. I sat down with (current Lá PYF coach) Krishan Singh and we spoke about the club and their ambitions and it just seemed like a great fit for me. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and meeting my new teammates.’
Club President; Rashid Bhayat was delighted with his marque signing, signalling to rivals his promise to deliver silverware. Whilst Club Vice President Susie Murphy worked tirelessly with the player’s agent to ensure a deal was struck before the January transfer window by purchasing a new printer with fax and scan features.
Club coach; Krishan Singh a former teammate of Abu; had tried signing the trequartista previously, and acted swiftly when it was clear his time at his former club was coming to a close.
From all of us here at Lá PYF, we welcome Abu Miah to the club!
Guest blogpost by Susie Murphy, The Positive Youth Foundation for Arts Connect
The Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) is a Coventry-based organisation that supports vulnerable young people and communities across the region. Young people from PYF have been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) ahead of the opening of a new family-friendly exhibition about the making of Shakespeare’s plays, The Play’s The Thing. The PYF’s Susie Murphy explains the difference the relationship has made.
The Positive Youth Foundation works across health, education and community engagement in order to help young people experiencing challenging circumstances take positive approaches to move forward in their lives.
The Royal Shakespeare Company came to the PYF in 2015 in an effort to encourage young people who have either never engaged in an RSC experience, or those who felt it inaccessible to them, to feel that they had an invested interest in the company.
The RSC organised a series of tours, viewings and workshops with our young people, followed up by detailed consultation that asked ‘how can we improve our service, for you and your peers?’.
The RSC were keen for our young people to inform the direction of a number of their projects, including the creation of their major new exhibition The Play’s The Thing. It’s aimed at a young audience, and we helped the RSC to understand how young people may interpret the content of the exhibition in a way that is meaningful and relevant to them.
Young people from Coventry were then invited to join the RSC Audience Development Forum, giving valuable insight into a customer experience of an evening at the RSC. We have also enjoyed drama workshops by leading professionals, and private tours of the theatre’s inner workings.
In October 2016, three young people were invited to deliver a short speech at the official opening of the The Play’s The Thing – that’s a really serious thing for a young person!
The young people themselves describe their RSC journey as eye-opening:
‘When my mates first heard that I went to the RSC their response was, ‘you got in?’ I can tell how interested they are now to visit themselves since hearing my stories’
‘I actually asked the question ‘do you need an appointment’ the first time I found out we were visiting the RSC. I now feel like I’m part of the family, like others should make the appointment with me.’
‘When we hear about different opportunities open to young people I can be quite choosy, I’ve been let down in the past by youth trips that have felt unwelcoming. Since the RSC experiences, if anyone asks do you want to come to the RSC – I’m down!’
‘I think the feeling I feel the most after my experiences at the RSC is ‘respect’. Respect for the incredible amount of work they do there, and the level of work which is created.’
The Play’s The Thing is open daily at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon theatres from Saturday 22 October. www.rsc.org.uk/theplaysthething
Image Credit – ArtsConnect
We have two exciting new posts within our team:
- Sports Programmes Co-ordinator. 12 month contract. 40 hours per week. Salary band £18,500-£21,500. The post holder will be responsible for the direct delivery of sports-based provision for young people identified as being ‘at risk’ of exclusion, or already demonstrating challenging behavior. There will be a strong focus on co-ordinating grant-funded community projects and maintaining effective partnerships with key stakeholders.
- Youth Engagement Officer (Sessional) – Flexible hours. Salary based upon £15,500-£18,500. The post holders will join a pool of delivery staff, tasked with supporting a wide range of programmes designed to engage young people who are referred to us for a range of support needs. Sessions are delivered throughout the day from 9am-9pm, so this is a fantastic opportunity for people who require flexible working hours.
Both of these roles will support the delivery of our targeted youth services across Coventry. We are looking for people who can slot straight in to the team, therefore require experienced practitioners.
If you are looking for a challenge then this could be your moment!
For further information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – an application pack will be emailed to you.
Deadlines for applications are 5pm on Monday 4th April.
Did you know that every time you buy something from certain places online you could be making a donation to Positive Youth Foundation…FOR FREE?! We would love it if you could shop through Give As You Live, we appreciate it so much!
The PYF Team are having a little break over the festive period, therefore there will be none of our Raising Aspirations Programme or our Community sessions until the New Year.
RAP (Our Education Programme) starts back from Monday 4th January 2016.
Community Sessions start back from Tuesday 5th January 2016, kicking off with Tuesday Kicks at Sidney Stringer.
We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas break and a wonderful New Year!
See you in 2016!