For many reasons and for many people, in the UK and around the world, 2016 turned out to be a very difficult and troubling year – but thankfully it wasn’t all bad news.
Welcome to our Winter Newsletter celebrating some of the good things that Rathbone’s staff, volunteers and service users were involved in this year.
Thank you sincerely once again to all of Rathbone’s funders, supporters and volunteers – we wouldn’t do any of this without you.
On December 3rd Friends and families came from far and wide to cheer on the dancers of Bite Back, Made2Dance and B Diverse at Diverse Dance’s Annual Showcase for 2016 at Theatre SW4 in Clapham.
Some favourite pieces had been seen before and some were brand new, but they were all performed with skill and enthusiasm.
Many thanks, as ever, goes to the tutors of Diverse Dance
2016 has seen the Diverse Dance Studios groups perform at the busiest ever Lambeth Country Show and receive a commission from Nine Elms & Big Dance, which led to an integrated group performance on the iconic Big Dance Bus. We were also proud to have our dance film WAVE selected and screened at the Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Inclusive Youth Dance Platform.
This year the groups looked to international artists for inspiration and are excited to present theirresponses to Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas danst Rosas, along with Willi Dorner’s Bodies in Urban Spaces project.
All money raised from the 2016 Showcase will go towards supporting Rathbone groups.
Phil Kerry has been on Rathbone’s Board of Trustees since October 2015.
In his day job he works as a Director of Programmes for London Youth, and here he talks to on the London Youth website, as part of Trustees’ Week, about his voluntary role at Rathbone.
Arthur, Andrew and Luke at journey’s end
On Saturday 15th October, after a long and gruelling 11 (yes, eleven) hours we made the finish line in Brighton. After setting off from The Old Library in West Norwood at 5am we had 12 miles of hills to tackle, over 15 miles of muddy and stony parks, 5 miles of the fast and furious A23 and the last 10 miles through thoroughly wet and windy conditions. We finally made it to Brighton Pier at 4pm, tired and sore, but elated after achieving what we set out to do.
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Congratulations to our Youth Team who have been shortlisted for the Children & Young People Now Awards 2016. The team, who run our integrated youth service based at The Old Library in West Norwood have been nominated for the Youth Work Award.
The newly integrated service brings together The Rathbone Youth Club which has existed in various formats since the formation of our charity in 1967 with The Old Library Youth Club which was formerly run by Lambeth Council until 2013 when Rathbone took over.
The Rathbone Youth Club has always been a specialist service catering to the needs of young people with Learning Disabilities and Autism from across the borough of Lambeth. The Old Library Youth Club offered youth work activities to the young people of SE27. The current youth work team, led by manager Charline King, have been working hard to develop the integrated service which offers a range of youth work opportunities and projects to all young people regardless of ability.
Charline said “Our aim is to make sure that whatever activities we offer, all young people can participate equally at whatever level suits them”. Our Chief Executive, Andrew Preston stated “This has been a huge challenge for the Youth Team. A service like this requires a different level of planning and organising to make sure we get things right. We are still learning along the way – a lot! I’m really proud of how well Charline and the team have done and we are getting some great results and feedback from the young people who come along.”
We have been nominated in a category with some stiff competition from some excellent and equally deserving providers – See the full shortlist here.
Young People and staff from Rathbone & The Old Library youth service went along to White Stuff HQ to say a huge thank you – literally!
We have been in the fantastic position of being the selected charity for White Stuff HQ for the last 3 years through the wonderful White Stuff Foundation (see more about their amazing work here .
As well as supporting us with very significant grants, we have benefitted from their expertise, technical support, training, lots and lots of hard labour from their teams and sheer all round fabulousness!
The support from the White Stuff Foundation has enabled us to extend our services, reach more Young People, develop our dance programme, refurbish our premises, buy educational equipment, rebuild our recording studio, get staff trained and qualified, pay for a fundraiser and buy a shiny brand new much needed mini-bus.
We are sad to be saying goodbye, but it’s been a brilliant experience and the support from White Stuff has left us in a much better place. Our huge thank you extends to everyone at White Stuff HQ and White Stuff Foundation – thanks guys, it’s been AMAZING!
Check out our new Room Hire Brochure for The Old Library.
We are recruiting for part-time and full time Support Workers and a Senior Support Worker for a Supported Living service.
We also urgently need Sessional Youth Workers, a Cleaner, a Minibus Driver and Travel Assistants.
Please visit our jobs page for more information.
On 22nd March the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published our Outreach Service’s inspection report following our inspection in January.
Jamie Sawyer, the Service’s Registered Manager, was very pleased with the outcome and feels that it reflects and acknowledges all the effort put in and skill applied by the team. Our aim is to provide a good value, high quality service to local people and this report shows that we are currently meeting that target, despite formidable pressures upon charity sector social care providers. Well done everyone!
Read the Full Report or the Easy Read Report