Live in Hampshire? Make your church or village hall warmer!

Does your building cost a lot to keep it warm?  Are you struggling to make it a welcoming, comfortable place for everyone in your community to use?  Read about Action Hampshire’s new energy audits project!

We are looking for six community halls to have an energy audit, carry out improvements identified by the audit, and then to share the results with other organisations in our area.  You will get a professional energy audit, which normally costs around £500, for just £50.  The audit will identify many things you can do to make your building more energy efficient, so reducing your energy use and saving you money.  Even better – plenty of these actions will have little or no cost.

Take a look at our website for all the details, including the application form and guidance notes – click here.  Our project partners, Winchester Action on Climate Change, are offering a free talk on fuel poverty to all applications that apply for a low cost energy audit.  Information about this offer is in the guidance notes at the bottom of this page.

Do you qualify?  Our grant funding from Hampshire County Council means this project is only open to community buildings in Hampshire villages or towns with less than 10,000 residents.  The funding is also only available to buildings managed by a not-for-profit sector organisation, like a village hall committee or community association.

We need your application back by midday on Tuesday 7 February, or Tuesday 24 January if you are ready.  Don’t rush, though – we will save some funds for the later deadline.

Teenage pregnancy rate halved in Hampshire

Teenage pregnancy rates across Hampshire have more than halved over the last 16 years according to figures from the Office of National Statistics, thanks to a sustained and successful multi-agency focus.

Councillor Keith Mans, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said:

“This is really good news and shows that the County Council’s investment in education programmes targeting young people over the years is paying off.

“Working to reduce the rate of teenage conceptions among girls aged 15-17 is a priority in the Hampshire Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP 2015-18). The focus, commitment and hard work of all the partner agencies has seen the teenage conception rate reduce year on year since 2009. For young people who go on to become young parents, support is available to ensure positive outcomes for them and their children.

“Data over the years has shown that teenage parents tend to do less well at school and are more likely to become NEETs (not in education, employment or training). This means that they often face a future of low paid jobs or unemployment. In turn, the children of teenage parents are more likely to live in poverty and are more likely to become teenage parents themselves. Reducing the number of teenage conceptions has been a priority for the Council for many years and a lot of work has gone into identifying the most vulnerable teenagers in the county and supporting them with information so that they are able to make informed safer sex and lifestyle choices.”

In Hampshire free multi agency SRE training is provided for all practitioners working with young people. ‘Girl Talk, Boy Talk’ is a single gender SRE programme delivered in small groups. This programme is aimed at supporting young people make positive choices around relationships and sexual health.

Sexual health information, advice and contraception services are provided by the specialist integrated sexual health service and access to free condoms is available from a number of trained advisors across Hampshire. Young women can access free emergency hormonal contraception from many accredited pharmacies in Hampshire. The ‘Get It On‘ website has full details of available local services.

Overall Hampshire has seen a 55.7 per cent reduction in teenage conception rates since 1998 to 2014, with rates steadily declining in all 11 districts in Hampshire. This is above the national reduction of 51.1 per cent and South East region reduction of 50.3 per cent.

The Hampshire annual 2014 provisional teenage conception rate was 15.9 per 1,000 female population aged 15 to 17. This is an 18.5 per cent reduction from 2013 when there were 465 conceptions compared to 377 conceptions in 2014.

 

Disappointed with Sainsbury’s

I was saddened to hear that the Wave 105 Easter Egg Appeal will not take place this year.  In an email from Wave 105 we were told that:

at the 11 hour Sainsbury’s have told us that they cannot be a drop off point, leaving us no time to get another partner ready in time to start the appeal . So for this year we cannot provide you with Easter eggs.

The decision from Sainsbury’s is a head office decision not a local one, all the stores in our region are as disappointed as we are but they obviously have to be guided by their Head Office.

I am so sorry, we will however still be doing Mission Christmas at the end of the year and next year we will have found another partner for the egg appeal so you will be able to have eggs next year.

It is a disappointing decision from Sainsbury’s and one that will have a big impact on our local community.  Last year we were able to give 100 children Easter Eggs who otherwise would have received nothing.

Hampshire Police Youth Commission are recruiting!

Applications are open until the 4th March to those aged 14-25 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to become a member of the Youth Commission. The Youth Commission makes young people part of the solution to tackling crime and policing issues that are of most concern to them.

The Youth Commission currently consists of 25 members who provide opportunities for young people to inform, support and challenge the Police and Crime Commissioner’s work.

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I set up the Youth Commission because I believe it’s important to take young peoples’ views into account. They are the future and will drive social change. I encourage any young person, including those who have direct experience of the police and justice systems to apply.”

Youth Commission members identify what issues affect young people in their area and gather their opinions. They then tackle these issues by raising awareness at events and via campaigns. Members will also make recommendations for change to the Police and Crime Commissioner and suggest solutions to their priority issues.

Find out more here

Apply Here

Research into local foodbanks (Hampshire, Portsmouth & Southampton)

Between a rock and a hard place - The Bill Sargent Trust

There are now at least 20 food banks in the Hampshire area, including some of the wealthiest parts of the county. They cover rural and urban locations, with approximately 50% affiliated to the Trussel Trust.

The research commissioned by the Bill Sargent Trust reinforced the findings of national research. Users generally go to food banks only when other options have been exhausted, and often feel shame and embarrassment about having to ask for help. They are living ‘on the edge’ and many have multiple problems including physical disabilities, illnesses, and mental health problems.

What food banks consistently offer, as well as emergency help, is a listening ear and a generous and compassionate response. This is sometimes in stark contrast to users’ experiences of statutory services. Food bank users are often surprised and pleased to be treated with respect and sensitivity.

The report raises important questions for the future that our local food bank organisers and volunteers will need to consider.  You can download the full Report here, and the Executive Summary here.

4Youth Vacancies

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4Youth are looking for new members to join the 4Youth team.

Casual Club Support Workers

£12.60 per hour

We are looking for capable and experienced youth workers for this casual role. You will need to have experience delivering youth work activities including monitoring and evaluating your work. Experience working directly with young people in a range of informal education settings is essential and a recognised qualification is preferred. This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.

Find our more and download an application form from www.4youth.org.uk/about-us/our-vacancies/

Casual Youth Work Trainers

£13.62 per hour

We are looking for capable and qualified youth work trainers for this casual role. You will need to have experience delivering youth work training and experience working directly with young people in a range of informal education settings.

We are open to applications from trainers with both broad youth work training experience and those with a particular specialism within the field e.g. drugs & alcohol, mental health, participation work, working with vulnerable young people, safeguarding etc.

Find our more and download an application form from www.4youth.org.uk/about-us/our-vacancies/

Hampshire Messy Meet-up

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When: Tuesday 19 May 2015, 7.30pm
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks, GU34 5AA

Come and join the Messy team at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Four Marks, Lucy Moore and James Pegg on 19 May at 7.30 for a Messy Meet-up. Time to chat about how your Messy Church is going, share some great ideas (and problems!), catch up with the local and national Messy Church picture, talk with James about teenagers in Messy Churches, pray for each other and generally wallow in Messiness for an evening.

Bring an activity example that’s worked really well in your Messy Church recently if you can, but even if you can’t, just turn up and be reinspired. No need to book but a rough idea of numbers would be useful, so email Lucy lucy.moore@brf.org.uk if you can.

Hampshire Making a Difference Award

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The search is on to find Hampshire youngsters who, through their own exceptional efforts, are helping to make a positive difference in their local community, by being active good citizens.

The Hampshire Making a Difference Award will be presented by the Chairman of the County Council to the young person or group of young people (aged 5-11 or 12-18) who has done something exceptional to help others. It could be anything from helping a sick relative, neighbour or friend over a period of time, or supporting a local charity or long term project, to helping older people in the community, or showing an act of bravery.

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 31st January, and applications can be submitted online at the website or by picking up a form from any Hampshire County Council library or museum.