We have been featured in the Newham Recorder!
On Wednesday 1st November, Hannah and Cleo went to Aspers Casino Sky Bar on behalf of Ursuline Links for the Aspers Good Causes Fund award ceremony. In the summer Ursuline Links had been awarded an £1,000 grant from this Newham initiate to fund our London Social Justice Project. This money enabled us to successfully run the project, which was highly successful. Check out the full article in the Newham Recorder which promotes Ursuline Links and the work we're doing. It features quotes from Meaghan Harnett, a volunteer from Brentwood Ursuline, who participated in the project as well as a photo of Cleo and Hannah as the header.
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So much has happened since Easter. We've got new staff, have completed our summer projects and have new and exciting projects underway in all the Ursuline Schools. Our new Autumn newsletter is out now which has all the highlights from the last few months. We'd love for you the check out what we've been up to!
Autumn Newsletter 2017
On Tuesday 7 March we gathered at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford, which was full of young people and their leaders. The celebrity presenting the awards this year was Mark Richardson, silver medal winner in the Atlanta Olympic Games for the 400m relay. Christy Thevathasan, Darren Gorewal and Kiren Ashraf were Achievement Award winners.
Kiren was a volunteer on the London Social Justice project 2015 and she has continued to give service at the Refugee and Migrant Project, Manor Park throughout the year.
Christy and Darren have been ardent supporters of Ursuline Links since 2012 when they took part in the Wythenshawe Day Camp. Since then they have helped out at numerous Ursuline Links functions and continue to volunteer as adult chaperones for the London Social Justice projects. Darren even found himself, at very short notice, as an adult helper in New Orleans in 2016.
Sr. Catherine Kelly received the Leaders Award for her continued support of all the projects and her fund raising.
So who is Jack Petchey?
Sir Jack Petchey CBE is an East End entrepreneur. He is 91 years old and his is a real ‘rags to riches’ story.
He worked long and hard, overcoming adversity and going on to become a multi-millionaire through his various business ventures, which have spanned from motor car dealing and garages to property, travel and investment. He now uses his money to encourage young people to ‘go out to others’.
Since establishing the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999, his businesses have given £100m to support youth projects. What he ‘gives’ is greater than money though; the same entrepreneurial skills that he brought to his business have led to some really innovative schemes for young people.
Sir Jack seeks to increase young people’s aspirations by rewarding their achievements and encouraging them to take pride in what they have done. He brings communities together to really celebrate and ensure that the young people have a moment of glory and that their parents, carers, teachers and youth workers are there to witness it.
He focuses on the positives rather than highlighting the negatives. Yes, young people face problems and challenges, but Sir Jack believes that if you focus on these you risk creating a negative spiral. Alternatively, if you reward success and help young people feel positive about themselves you can give them the confidence and aspiration to change, overcome adversity and live to their full potential.
Sir Jack wants to encourage young people to make a commitment and put the effort in, so his principle is 50/50: “You make the effort and I will support too!”
He can often be heard quoting the ancient Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We are most grateful for all the support we get from the foundation.
Newsletter 16 February 2017
We have continued to be part of the Jack Petchey Award scheme throughout this year and this had meant another Achievement Award for one of our volunteers.
This time, Darren Gorewal was the unanimous choice and a well-deserved nominee as he has been a dedicated Ursuline Links volunteer since 2012. This year he volunteered on the London Social Justice for Young Adults project in July and then helped as a Youth Leader on the London Social Justice, Thanet Day Camp and New Orleans projects.
He has made an outstanding contribution to Ursuline links this year and he is an excellent role model for our younger volunteers.
On Friday 2nd December, the children from the Thanet Day Camp project returned to Ursuline College to enjoy a Christmas get-together.
The children came from six local primary schools and they were delighted to be reunited with their group leaders, the Ursuline Links volunteers and youth leaders who had worked with them during the summer. We also had the benefit of lots of new Ursuline Links volunteers from the College 6th Form and they enjoyed getting to know the children and entering into the fun.
A great time was had by all, with lots of food, Christmas songs, games such as pass the Parcel and musical chairs and the group balloon challenge. The children enjoyed the arts and crafts table and went home with some lovely decorations for their Christmas trees. The highlight of the afternoon was a special visit by Father Christmas, who presented each child with a little gift.
Here is the latest Newsletter for 2016
Newsletter 14 October 2016
Miracle receiving her Achievement Award
Sr Kathleen receiving her Leaders Award
On the 21st November a selection of Yr 8 students from across our Ursuline Schools came together for our first Junior Ursuline Links Day at Forest Gate.
The day was led by our Youth Worker Zaz, supported by the Ursuline Sisters and 14 students took part. The day consisted of team building activities throughout the day, a talk on Ursuline ethos by Sr Alice and learning about Ursuline Links. The day was a great success and full of fun activities including tower building, morse code cracking and much more.
The students and staff alike found the day very rewarding and it was a great opportunity for students to make friends with other students from different Ursuline Schools.
We are delighted to announce that we have successfully applied to be part of the Jack Petchey award scheme. This organisation has given grants to several of our Ursuline Links Volunteers in the past but this is the first time that Ursuline Links, as an organisation, has been able to participate. We were very pleased that Jane Evans, Grants Officer for the Jack Petchey Foundation, was able to visit our volunteers while they were out on service, helping to prepare and serve meals for the homeless at the Franciscans in Killip Close in July.
We have been approved as participants for their Bronze scheme for 2015-16, which will qualify us for 3 award winners per year, nominated by their peers. Each award winner will be allocated a grant of £200 which they can spend on Ursuline Links projects, as well receiving their own Jack Petchey Certificate and Pin. Our award winner for this period is Miracle Ladejobi, past-pupil of Ursuline Academy Ilford and Brentwood Ursuline, who worked as a volunteer on our London Day Camps project in July. Miracle has nominated that the grant be spent on purchasing new games and resources for the Day Camps project for next summer.