Would you like to:
- Improve communication skills?
- Understand Social Media management?
- Develop employability experiences for your CV?
The YCA are looking for writers, creative community members and media enthusiasts to volunteer in our Media Club.
This is the perfect opportunity to build a wide range of skills and work behind the scenes to make projects come to life as well as sharing great, inspiring and positive community stories.
You will be the first to help create a YCA Blog and contribute to our social media posts and news stories.
If this sounds like something you are interested in, please complete this form here: https://forms.gle/ZVqBVDbh25mXRkCi8
Deadline to express your interest: 10th February 2021
Let’s get cooking! live on YouTube with special Guest Emma Van Dunn: Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor
Calling all members of the community!
We are delighted to announce a new series of cook-along-workshops hosted LIVE on YouTube every Wednesday in February from 12pm.
Emma will be using her expert background in nutrition and personal training to show us some healthy recipes to enjoy breakfast, dinner and snacks! Don’t forget, every week, we will post out the recipes so you can cook along, comment and join in the fun!
Join the first Live Cooking show here:
🔹 Wednesday 3rd February 2021
🔹 Live on YouTube (YCA Sandwell)
🔹 Recipe: Healthy Breakfast!
Save the date, see you there!
Project Brain Bank: calling students, professionals and experts
Can you help inspire the next generation to aspire?
The YCA in Sandwell are looking for local students, professionals and experts to spread motivation and share success and accomplishment stories.
We want to know about your experiences in getting into an apprenticeship or university, building a successful career or starting a business.
If you think you could spare some time to help give back to the community please let us know by completing this form: https://forms.gle/BpXQ5KXb4LBoNq6T7
DfE information below relating to School closures and Contact Tracing during February 2021 half term.
February 2021 half-term
Schools will close as usual over February half-term and are not expected to remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers during that week.
Schools do not need to provide lunch parcels or vouchers during the February half-term. There is wider government support in place to support families and children outside of term-time through the Covid Winter Grant Scheme. The £170 million scheme is being run by local authorities in England, with at least 80% of the funding earmarked to support with food and essential utility costs and will cover the period to the end of March 2021. It will allow local authorities to directly help the hardest-hit families and individuals over the winter period. Local authorities have local ties and knowledge, making them best placed to identify and help those children and families most in need.
Contact tracing over the February 2021 half-term
Schools continue to play an important role in contact tracing for those pupils and staff who continue to attend their school. We recognise the challenges of this responsibility during holidays. Given limited numbers on-site, we expect contact tracing activity to be reduced but this remains vitally important in the continued national effort to limit the spread of the virus.
Where pupils or staff still attending their school test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the holidays, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, schools are not required to take any action. Staff, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. However, where pupils or staff still attending their school test positive having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
Staff responsible for contact tracing are not asked to be on-call at all times and may designate a limited period in the day to receive notification of positive cases and advise close contacts to self-isolate (this can be done by text or email).
Where schools can do so, staff assuming responsibility for contact tracing during half-term can be offered equivalent time off at an agreed point during term time.
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline and the PHE Advice Service will remain open over the February half-term to answer any questions you have about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education settings and children’s social care.
Testing over half-term
Where schools are regularly testing staff, this does not need to take place during the holidays and can resume after the half-term.
Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline and the PHE Advice Service (option 1) is available to answer any questions you have about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education settings and children’s social care.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Please listen carefully to all of the available options before selecting the most appropriate option for your nursery, school, college or university.
Department for Education guidance
Our guidance to support education providers, local authorities and parents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be accessed using the links below:
The YCA in Sandwell have been in contact with ‘Changing Our Lives’ who are starting a project called ‘Beyond the Stigma’. The project aims to bring together young South Asian women from across Sandwell to design and lead a social media campaign that will challenge the stigma that surrounds mental health within their communities and encourage others to engage in the online conversation. There will be a series of virtual workshops held between February and May this year with Shareefa Energy and these will be held over Zoom or Teams (whichever platform is preferable). At the end of the project, there will be a poetry slam and campaign to share the work of those involved. The work of young people will also feature in a digital book. A link to the webpage is here https://www.changingourlives.org/beyondthestigma
For more information, please click on the link
A video of Shareefa talking about the project can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJWjW4TlJaI