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Job Vacancies - March 2014
 YFM are looking to recruit new members of staff, to support the team in fundraising and communications. For more information, please see the attached advert. Application packs are available from kelly@youthandamiliesmatter.org.uk or phone the office on 02380 860320.
Parenting Support - March 2014
YFM are currently running a Supporting Parents of Teenagers Course as well as an Anger Management Group to help parents manage their children’s challenging behaviour, in conjunction with Families Matter Hythe. For details of the next course please phone the office or email kelly@youthandamiliesmatter.org.uk
Easter Playscheme - Easter 2014
Due to renovations on the hall floor, the Easter playscheme won’t be running this year. Keep an eye out for flyers advertising which films the Church will be showing during the holidays.
Harvest Food Collections - December 2013
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the local schools and churches who collected harvest food donations for the basics bank. Our stocks are looking a lot healthier thanks to their generosity. The basics bank provides emergency food parcels for families in need.
Christmas Hampers - December 2013
Christmas is nearly here and we are very grateful for the donations of food that we have received to go in the Christmas hampers. We have packed 40 hampers for local families.
Christmas Playscheme - December 2013
The playscheme is running again on 23rd December. We will be having lots of fun doing Christmas crafts and cooking, as well as playing games and sports.
Parenting Support - December 2013
Another SPOT (supporting parents of teenagers) course, Anger Management course and Primary Parenting course will be running in the New Year. If you are interested, please email or phone the office kelly@youthandamiliesmatter.org.uk
Facebook and Twitter - December 2013
Look out for YFM’s new facebook page and follow us on twitter – links at the top of the page.
The John Lewis Partnership Golden Jubilee Trust Update - December 2013
Stuart has now finished his placement with us. He re-organised the office to make more effective use of the space. He setup a new IT system, with office 365. We are beginning to get used to it now! He began looking into a volunteer network, as well as looking at how we run the basics bank and suggesting any possible changes we could make. He also began the research into a sustainable business idea, which we are now progressing with. It was great to have Stuart on board, and we are pleased to still have his involvement in the project as his time allows.
The John Lewis Partnership Golden Jubilee Trust - March 2013
Stuart Bassham has long been a supporter of YFM, and he is now spending 4 months on a placement here with us. Stuart works for Waitrose and was successful in being awarded this placement by going through the Golden Jubilee Trust. This means Waitrose pay him his normal salary, but he is working for YFM, and it costs us nothing!

Stuart started in February and his remit is….

• Office, IT, working practices etc, specifically looking to set up a network, database etc
• Volunteer network
• Basics food bank
• Fundraising
• Researching a sustainable business idea

Stuart is well under way with sourcing the best networking system for us and we are looking forward to having that up and running, and learning how to use it effectively. He has submitted a couple of funding bids which we are waiting to hear back from, he has redesigned the office and the reorganisation will take place shortly.
Anger Management Course - March 2013
A course for parents, to help them manage their children’s angry outbursts, starts after Easter. For more information phone or email Kelly at the office – kelly@youthandamiliesmatter.org.uk
Easter Playscheme - March 2013
We are holding a 2 day playscheme on 3rd and 4th April, for children aged 5-11. It is a day full of fun and activities for a small fee of £8.50 per day. For more information or to book your child on, phone Allison at the office or email alli@youthandfamiliesmatter.org.uk
Primary Parenting Course - March 2013
We are planning to run a parenting course for parents of primary aged children. If you would be interested in finding out more please phone the office or email info@youthandfamiliesmatter.org.uk
Funding - March 2013
We are very fortunate to have received some generous personal donations over the last few months, which will have a big impact on the support we are offering, and enable us to keep offering this vital support.

We have also been successful in getting a grant from Hampshire County Council Children’s Services towards our youth work provision, as well as Youth Support Services for the Wednesday after school drop-in.
Sponsored Bike Ride - May 2012
A team of cyclists rode from Lands End to Totton on the weekend of 25th May. It was one of the hottest weekends this year, so that combined with the wind in their face and the massive hills in Cornwall made this an epic feat!! They did brilliantly and raised over £5,000. A massive thank you to them all. This money will go towards the continued work of supporting children and families in our local community. To see a picture click here.

Thank you to everyone who supported the cyclists. We are very grateful to Adam Architecture for their sponsorship of the Jerseys, to RW Armstrong for the support van, fuel and insurance, Simplyhealth for their sponsorship of an employee, Trant for their support, and Ordnance Survey for their sponsorship of an employee.
New Grant Making Trust Fundraiser
We are really pleased to welcome Anna Gordon to the YFM team as a fundraiser. Anna is working on bids to local grant making trusts, and other organizations, to help keep the work of YFM funded. For more information about Anna, see the staff page.
Great South Run
If anyone is interested in running the Great South Run in October, on behalf of YFM, please get in touch.
SPOT (Supporting Parents of Teenagers) course
A course starts on Thursday mornings, from 20th September, 10-12 here at Testwood Baptist Church. The course looks at topics such as communication, rules & boundaries, conflict resolution. If anyone would like more information, please contact the office on 02380 860320.
Building Secure Relationships with your children – Monday 10th September 6.30pm
Sheila Burton (educational psychologist) is coming to do a session on Building secure relationships. If you would like more information, please contact the office.
New Youth Worker started - February 2012
We are really pleased that Kirsty Bassham has joined the team as our new full time youth worker. She will be working alongside Brigitte, running the Streetwise project, mentoring young people in school as well as setting up new projects. For more information about Kirsty, see the staff page.
Summer Playscheme and activity days
The playscheme for 5-11 year olds ran at the beginning of the summer holidays. We had 40 children on most days. Chris Davis from Southampton City Mission supported us with this week long playscheme. The children had a fantastic time, as did the staff and volunteers. The next activity day will be during the Christmas holidays.

The activity days for the 11-14 year olds went really well. There was a wide variety of activities they got involved in, including bushcraft skills, laserquest, a trip to Thorpe Park, Wide Game. They all had a great time.
Fashion Show - October 2011
We hosted another fashion show from Travelling Trends on 14th October. We had 5 fantastic models, who showed off the range of winter clothing. With tickets sales and commission from the sale of clothes, we raised £546. Thank you to everyone who came to support YFM.
Great South Run - October 2011
Two of our local supporters ran the Great South Run on 30th October to raise money for YFM. Thank you to Steph and Graham, who raised at least £250, with more still to come in. A massive thank you to them, and to all who sponsored them. This funding will go towards our work in the community with children, young people and families.
Oakfield Primary School - July 2011
We would like to thank Oakfield for their support in raising £112.73 for YFM, at their end of school production in July.
Lydlynch Infant School - October 2011
Lyndlynch Infant School have chosen YFM as their charity of the year. Mrs Barber, their headteacher recently did a skydive in support of YFM. She has raised £360, which will go towards supporting our schools worker doing 1:1 mentoring with children. We would like to say a huge thankyou to Mrs Barber and to Lydlynch Infant school for their support.
Activity Week - August 2011
The Activity Week for 11-14 year olds was a fantastic week, giving the young people the chance to enjoy sailing, canoeing, swimming, as well as playing silly games and generally having lots of fun.
Unders & Overs - June 2011
The Over 30s and Under 30s charity football match was a great success, with the Overs winning the game! They raised £325 for YFM, to support family work. Thank you to everyone involved in the event.
New Streetwise Bus - June 2011
The new bus has now been finished – have a look under Schools & Youth Work-Streetwise tab to see a picture
Vision Document - January 2010
To see a copy of our latest vision document, please download here.

News

Job Vacancies


 YFM are looking to recruit new members of staff, to support the team in fundraising and communications.

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Parenting Support


YFM are currently running a Supporting Parents of Teenagers Course as well as an Anger Management Group to help parents manage their children’s challenging behaviour, in conjunction with Families Matter Hythe.

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Christmas Hampers


Christmas is nearly here and we are very grateful for the donations of food that we have received to go in the Christmas hampers. We have packed 40 hampers for local families.

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Harvest Food Collections


We would like to say a huge thank you to all the local schools and churches who collected harvest food donations for the basics bank. Our stocks are looking a lot healthier thanks to their generosity.

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YFM Strategic Review


To download our Strategic Review. click here.

YOUTH AND FAMILIES MATTER
Testwood Baptist Church, 283a Salisbury Road, Totton, Southampton, Hampshire SO40 3LZ
Tel 023 8086 0320
Email: info@youthandfamiliesmatter.org.uk

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