- March 3, 2020
- Posted by: Sinead Cooke
- Category: News
Tees Valley Networking Steering Group meeting
This quarter’s Tees Valley Network Steering Group, co-chaired by Partnership Manager Keely Jukes & Dave Mumford for Three13 took place on the 26th February 2020 at The Oakwood Centre, Stockton, with a range of local providers across the Region including Three13 Training & Enterprise, Learning Curve Group, Calderdale College, National Careers Service, DWP Families First, Thirteen Group, ITEC NE, Stockton Riverside College and NGTC all being in attendance.
Representatives from both the ESFA and Tees Valley Combined Local Authority also attended on the day to gain insight on how all the members of the steering group work pro-actively together to best support the local residents across the Region as well as engaging with both our Direct Delivery Regional Manager, Mark Beard, and ESF SSU delivery partners within the Region.
To celebrate PeoplePlus being awarded ‘One to Watch’ status in relation to The Times Top 100 Best Companies List the group received a delivery of delicious branded cupcakes to share on the day as part of the pending ‘Best Companies’ celebrations which are being held on the 28th February 2020.
Red Balloons Physical and Mental Wellbeing attended the meeting for a second time to close the meeting with an interactive group session on being kind to yourself and being kind to others as we felt it a fitting way to close the meeting following on from recent well publicised tragic events in the press.
The group were asked to write one positive thing about themselves and one positive thing about someone else in the room with some amazing responses such as ‘ I am doing my best to balance my world’, ‘Big smile, made me feel welcome’, ‘provides support to a colleague in need’ and ‘passionate about making a difference’ – The message behind this activity was to demonstrate it takes a few minutes to share kindness and the impact this can have on someone for the rest of their day.
The Steering Group members were also provided with a ‘mini happiness kit’ to take away with them on the day, created by Keely, which contained a number of items which had significance behind them which were to remind people of their abilities, strengths and people around them care. The kits also included a useful contact numbers for a variety of specialist organisations and 10% off a wellbeing treatment with Healing Harmony Therapies, based in Tees Valley.
Ian, Ivan and Joe holding their mini happiness kit
The kits were very well received, along with the message behind the kits, with a number of members asking if they could take an additional one for a member of their family or a colleague who they knew was having a difficult time which was touching as this fully supports our ethos of working towards changing lives.
Mini Happiness Bag contents
Keely Jukes, Mark Beard and Tees Valley DD and Partners
The following feedback has been received since the meeting and it is fantastic to know the meeting really supports the Region and those who attend;
‘Just wanted to say thank you for today. I found it informative and really useful and am looking forward to the next one’ – Adele Barrett, ESF Programme & Delivery Advisor (Education & Skills Funding Agency)
‘Just to say that today’s Steering group was excellent, giving an up-date on existing and forthcoming contracts. This is an important Group that allows all parties to be up-to-date with provision and services, especially important for cross referrals. The interactive sessions were particularly engaging’ – Ivan Wright, Troubled Families Employment Advisor (DWP/Stockton Borough Council)
Keely Jukes (Partnership Manager at PeoplePlus) said ‘it’s amazing to be involved within a Region which has some truly awesome organisations, with some very passionate people working for them, all working towards a shared goal of changing the lives of those living with the local communities’.
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