Our very dedicated volunteer Cherie Hammond has kindly taken part in this years 10k run at the Grand East Anglia Run in Kings Lynn on 30th April 2017.
Cherie managed to run the race in just 1 hour 24 minutes and raised £50 for Alternatives to help support the ongoing work we do here.
Well done Cherie!!!
We had had a very busy and successful few terms since being employed in February.
We were delighted that we were able to secure funding in order to support the production of our year six pupil packs, thank you to all those involved. So far this year we have presented our six-hour sex and relationship education tutorials to six schools with nine more still to go. We currently have a team of seven alternating and going into primary schools and are pleased to welcome Carys Vaughan and Carolyn Mahan to our presenting staff this year.
We are thrilled that, having brought forward a proposal as to how ASET will continue, the trustees have agreed we can employ a primary presenter for the next academic year; we hope to expand our reach but also access more Stamford schools. This appointment will also enable us to develop the secondary presentations we have on offer in order to address current needs, as well as being a good source of income and enabling us to further professionalise and future-proof our work.
We are continuing to develop excellent relationships with local secondary education bringing presentations on consent, sexual health and pornography in addition to the centre-staffed drop-ins. We also hope to pursue a specialised programme working with students with additional needs later this year. We have enjoyed presenting our tailor-made presentation on self-esteem and social media at a school, and are delighted that this has also been adopted by an additional school, who we will present to next month. We would like to expand this presentation further, developing a complimentary presentation focused on boys and their identity.
For slightly older students we are hoping to develop a presentation on healthy relationships in order to help to address Ofsted’s acknowledgement that secondary school’s sex education is often focused on the mechanics of reproduction rather than in the context of healthy relationships. In addition we would like to develop a presentation on maintaining good mental health and healthy coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety, in conjunction with Mind Space Stamford.
As I’m sure you can appreciate, all these plans are dependant on funding and if you have access to any additional expertise/funding in relation to these areas, please do get in touch, we very much appreciate your support. In addition, if you have any school-links that we can utilise then please put us in touch. We are currently sending out a survey to assess schools’ interests and would love to ensure our work is meeting local needs. Our new e-mail address and telephone contact number can be found below.
We hope all our work will continue to empower the young people we come into contact with to make healthy life-choices that will secure their identities and help them to appreciate their true worth. Thank you once again for your support, please continue to pray for schools to be receptive to our contact.
Gemma Holbird and Sarah Jane Sauntson (Education Managers)
Mobile: 07413 397980
1. What are your backgrounds and how do you think this will help you both in your new roles?
SJ – I have a background in teaching children and young people with special educational needs. As such, I think my strengths are in creating and delivering exciting lessons and presentations to suit a variety of learning styles. I also have experience working as an advisor for Alternatives Stamford and have completed training in many areas of sexual health. As an ex-soldier, I’m pretty organised too which comes in handy when managing a team of volunteers and a very busy diary!
Gemma – I am a Secondary English Teacher and I have taught drama and PSHE, I also have experience using theatre in education. I have always had a pastoral heart within my work and have had managerial experience as Head of Year. I love engaging young people in learning and finding creative ways to do this; I hope to continue to bring this to the role. Obviously being familiar with how schools operate is an asset and I hope this allows me to engage successfully with staff and students.
2. What would you both like to achieve whilst you are the Education Managers?
SJ – I think we want to continue providing excellent sex and relationships education in schools in Stamford and the surrounding area.
Gemma – Absolutely, and expanding our reach. In the long term we are very keen to develop our work in secondary schools in order to engage with more young people.
3. What challenges do you think you’ll face working for a charity, and how do you think it will differ from your previous roles?
SJ and Gemma – Not knowing whether we will have funding for the education team from one academic year to the next is a challenge but it doesn’t stop us getting excited about the potential and opportunities for growth in the future.
4. Why do you both think age appropriate sex and relationships education is so important?
SJ – This quote from an article I read a couple of years ago answers this question perfectly… Children do not live in a bubble. In a society where sexualised imagery is everywhere, it is crucial that children learn the facts in an appropriate way so that they can navigate the pressures, fashions and dangers of a highly sexualised culture safely. Not all children are given the facts and information they need at home — sometimes because of parental indifference, embarrassment, or both. Instead, thousands of curious kids get their understanding of sex from the playground rumour mill, television, advertising and — most perilously — from the internet.
Gemma – I think it is of paramount importance to introduce young people to the subject of sex and relationships in a positive context before they are bombarded by potentially negative issues sometimes even before they hit the teenage years. It allows them to deal with the subject matter in a sensible, open and honest forum that demystifies and makes clear the proper context for sexual relationships. It also helps to give young people security and confidence in their own identity.
5. What do you both like to do in your free time?
SJ – Spend time with my husband and two daughters, read, exercise and bake cakes!
Gemma – We are also busy parents with three children which of course takes much of our focus and energy! I enjoy lots of creative activities and music is a big part of our family life. I’m an avid musical theatre lover. I also enjoy contributing to the work of St George’s church.
Saturday 4th March Saturday 6th May Saturday 1st July
10am-12pm @ Bluecoat Primary School, Stamford, PE9 1HE
Ticket Entry £1 and Tables cost £10.
What you sell is yours to keep – please call/email us if you would like to participate.
Our next nearly new sale is taking place at St Georges Church, Stamford on the 29th October 2016. Doors open from 10am.
If you have any clothes baby to adult in good condition that you wish to donate please contact the office at Alternatives to arrange drop off times.
Office Phone Number: 01780 765853 OR Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatives took part in the Stamford Festival Parade of Floats on a lovely summers day in July. Volunteers Kate Butler and Bea Cole carried the banner followed by more volunteers and their kids dressed as daisies to raise awareness of Alternatives work with local families.
Fund Raising and Events Manager Laura Hudson-Luff ran a raffle stall and raised £130.
Later on in July, Laura and Kate took part in a skydiving challenge and raised an amazing £700!
If you are interested in donating, you can still drop in donations to the office.
We have had several enquiries from schools who have used Evaluate sex and relationships programme in the past and are now looking for a replacement.
If you are a school currently without any SRE provision for academic year 2016/17 please contact us to discuss you needs.
Email email@example.com or call us on 01780 765853 for more information.
Alternatives is excited to announce their sky diving event at Sibson Airfield on 23rd July.
Anyone who wants to join in and jump with us should follow this link : http://skydivesibson.co.uk/charity_event/alternatives/
We would love to see lots of faces cheering us on at the airfield so if you are free please come along and watch. It’s an all day event on 23rd July.
Without the support of fundraising events like this we would not be able to continue the work we do. Please sponsor our skydivers for as little as a £1 at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/alternativesstamfordskydive/300475
Alternatives is running lots of fundraising raffles this coming quarter.
We are running a condom raffle with Stamford College (the winner gets a month’s supply of condoms).
Plus our Clothes and Equipment Library is running a raffle for a chance to win a free sitting with Shutterbox photography.
We are really excited about our new FUNdraising ideas!!!
Pop in to the centre to buy a square
This first quarter has been a record breaking month for our lovely volunteers who gave more of their time than ever before. Our volunteers contributed 232 hours in January and February alone.
We have many dedicated volunteers working hard in all different areas of Alternatives:
- Three specialist clothes and equipment advisors
- Three fully trained Journey advisors supporting clients through baby loss
- Three FPA trained unintended pregnancy advisors
- Six volunteers trained in C-card, chlamydia testing and pregnancy testing
- Five education volunteers attending schools presenting sex and relationships education programmes.
Without the work of these generous people Alternatives could not continue to do the work its doing in our community!
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
Due to the dedication of our volunteers we are able to offer our services are free of charge.
If you would like to support the work of Alternatives please consider becoming a ‘Friend of Alternatives’.