Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

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At Southern Brooks we work with communities to understand local needs, and bring people together to find better ways of doing things. Providing practical support is something which is very important to us as we want to support participants in attending training courses, job clubs and one-to-one support. We also run a community café and youth centre, where people can connect, try new things and get support to make changes in their lives and communities. We work across South Gloucestershire with a range of ages.

Get in Touch


If you would like to find out more about how Southern Brooks can assist you, then contact Ternaya Cummings via phone on 01454 868570 or email her at ternayacummings@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Contact


Address Coniston Community Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5LP

Phone 01454 868570

Email ternayacummings@southernbrooks.org.uk

Website www.southernbrooks.org.uk


Services

The services we offer to the West of England Works partners include: job clubs, volunteering opportunities in house, Level 2/3 in youth work practice, family support, person centred counselling service, junk to gems programme, emotional well-being, community learning adult courses and green spaces.

Job clubs

Every Thursday (1pm-3pm, Kingswood Library, BS15 4AR) and Friday (11am-1pm, Southern Brooks Training Room, BS34 5LP) we hold our weekly job clubs, which offers support for people in their job search, assisting with CV writing, interview skills, online job applications and information to other services such as volunteering, courses and work placements.

If you would like to make a referral then contact Ternaya Cummings who is the Learning & Development Manager, on 01454 868570 or email at ternayacummings@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

Free


Volunteering opportunities in house

We offer several volunteering opportunities for participants within Southern Brooks Community Partnership such as café assistants, admin, youth workers, friends group, etc. A full induction takes place with all volunteers and training will be provided. A DBS check will be carried out at no cost to the participant (dependent on role). These opportunities are available Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm, for anyone over the age of 16.

If you would like to make a referral for this then contact our community volunteer coordinator Catherine Coleman, on 01454 868570 or email at catherinecoleman@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

Free

Level 2/3 in Youth Work Practice (NOCN accredited)

A youth work qualification which is accredited by NOCN. Delivery staff (tutors) have a minimum of 5 years hands on experience of youth work and a minimum of 2 years teaching of this course. This qualification will help anyone looking to work with 10-24 year olds in a variety of settings such as in-school pastoral support, youth work, 1-2-1 behaviour support, 1-2-1 and group support around a variety of issues such as mental health, self-harm, behaviour, complex families etc.

The course starts twice a year (please contact for dates) and usually takes place once a week on a Monday between 5:30 and 8:30. The duration of the course depends on what level you decide to study for: 12 weeks for level 2, a further 12 weeks for level 3 and a further 5 weeks for the level 3 diploma.

If you would like to make a referral then contact Ternaya Cummings who is the Learning & Development Manager, on 01454 868570 or email at ternayacummings@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

Level 2 – £540
Level 3 Certificate – £860
Level 3 Diploma – £960


Junk to germs programme

Programme of 8 sessions designed to support employability skills in young people aged 16-22 with Neuro-diverse conditions such as Autism and ADHD. The programme promotes transferable skills to better equip students to gain employment. During the programme the students will also learn design techniques, business skills such as costing items, marketing, time keeping and customer service. The students will upcycle a chair and some other small items of furniture using a range of mediums and craft techniques. The programmes will be tailor-made to the student’s availability and needs.

If you would like to make a referral then you can contact Corina Wood the Health and Well Being Manager via phone on 01454 868570, or email at corinawood@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

Individual Workshop – £125
Full programme – £750

Person-Centred Counselling Service

We offer one-to-one counselling sessions at Patchway Park Centre, using person-centred therapies offer an alternative to CBT and group work offered by statutory bodies. If you would like to make a referral then you can contact Corina Wood the Health and Well Being Manager via phone on 01454 868570, or email at corinawood@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

First 8 sessions – Free
Additional sessions – £30 per session


Family Support

We offer one-to-one support for parents and carers. The support provides advice, signposting and practical support for families that can reduce the barriers to work. All families receive an initial assessment, personalised action plan and outcome tracker. We offer family support in community buildings but also through home visits.

Before booking please contact Corina Wood on 01454 868570, or email corinawood@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

8 week package – £720
12 week package – £1680
This provision is free for anyone who is either:

A Merlin resident, or
Living in a workless household or a household where there is financial difficulty and there is a risk of poor outcomes for a primary school aged child

Emotional well-being support

We hold weekly groups across the area for people with low level mental health needs. The groups are peer led supported by an experienced facilitator. This service also provides additional taster sessions that are promoted through the groups, these are also free and have included drumming, making essential oils, cooking and Tai Chi. This service takes place fortnightly in Filton, and weekly in Patchway, Yate and Kingswood, and is for anyone over the age of 18 needing support with their emotional well-being.

If you would like to make a referral then you can contact Corina Wood the Health and Well Being Manager via phone on 01454 868570, or email at corinawood@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

Free


Green Spaces

The Green spaces project works to improve the green spaces of Patchway by growing fruit, veg, herbs and flowers. It’s a great place to meet new people, have a cup of tea and learn from each other about looking after a garden. New people are always welcome and we share everything we grow. Tools and gloves are provided, but please wear sturdy shoes. The community garden is open for everyone to come and join in, every Friday from 10am-12pm.

If you’d like to make a referral for this service then contact Ellen Segalov on 01454 868570 or via email at ellensegalov@southernbrooks.org.uk.

Cost

Free

Community Learning

We offer several adult courses which can improve your understanding, skills and knowledge. These courses take place over a four to eight week period, and are currently delivered 2 hours per week across a number of locations: Southmead, Henbury, Lawrence Weston, Kingswood, Patchway, Filton and Staple Hill. It may be possible to add further locations following discussion with Anchor Partners.

Cost

All community learning courses are free for residents of South Gloucestershire who have less than a Level 2 qualification and are aged 19 or over. All other participants will be charged at £100 per course.

Parenting a Child with ADHD

Course Overview

Do you want to learn more about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)? This course is open to parents who have a child with ADHD or anyone interested in learning more about ADHD in children. This ADHD course also provides an opportunity for you to meet new people. You will be able to discuss and share your experiences with other parents that have a child with ADHD.

Learning Objectives

  • Diet and Impact
  • Techniques to manage behaviour
  • Supporting your child with ADHD
  • ADHD and its impact on the family
  • Understanding the condition and behaviour

Duration

2 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Grow Your Own

Course overview

Have you ever want to grow your own food, herbs or vegetables? The course provides you with an opportunity to meet new people interested in growing food and vegetables. No experience is required and all tools will be provided. You just need to wear warm clothing which may get muddy at times.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn step by step how to grow your own food, vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers
  • Understand the theory of gardening such as composting, soil types and systems used for gardening
  • Be able to grow in small spaces such as a windowsill
  • Have fun and meet new people
  • Take home your grown food
  • Recipe swap

Duration

2 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Social Media: Keeping Your Child Safe

Course Overview

Are you concerned about the risks your child could be exposed to online?

This course is suitable if you are a parent and want to learn about keeping your child safe online.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the risks involved with your child using the internet
  • The trends in Apps, Gaming and Social Media channels used by children online
  • How to reduce the risks and setup parentals controls
  • Talking to your child about the risks
  • Resources to minimise risk and where to report problems

Duration

2 hours per week for 4 weeks


Essential Cooking and Health Awareness

Course Overview

Learn how to cook on a budget and improve your diet to feel better and be more aware how food can impact your health.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn basic skills in the kitchen using the correct equipment, increases knowledge around food & health
  • To learn the basic skills needed to prepare food, chopping, measuring
  • Social benefits meeting new people, informal, friendly approaches of the sessions
  • Budgeting in the family home, food portions
  • Building confidence to try new foods and recipes

Duration

2 hours per week for 6 weeks

Introduction to Youth Work

Course Overview

This Introduction to Youth Work course is suitable for anyone interested in working or volunteering with young people. It will cover an introduction to good practice, relevant legislation, what makes a good youth worker, planning activities using the NAOMIE model, career opportunities, and the key stages of adolescence. It will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and gain practical experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the purpose of youth work
  • The importance of building relationships
  • Identify the role of groups and their dynamics
  • The importance of equality and diversity
  • Indicate the importance of partnership working

Duration

2 hours per week for 8 weeks

Introduction to Working With Children

Course Overview

Are you considering a career working with Children? Would you like to work in a nursery, school or a youth centre? This introduction course will provide you with an overview of good practice when working with children. It will cover the framework for safeguarding and child protection, equal opportunities, benefits of play, creativity and behaviour.

Learning Objectives

  • How to be an effective children’s worker
  • List the key benefits of play
  • Understand child protection and safeguarding children
  • Identify strategies for managing behaviour

Duration

2 hours per week for 6 weeks

Stay Calm and Count to 10

Course Overview

Are you struggling to deal with anger in your home?

This course is aimed parents that want to be able to effectively deal with anger and challenging behaviour in their home.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the definition of anger
  • Identify the causes of anger
  • Learn different strategies to deal with anger and de-escalation techniques
  • Recognise the anger process
  • Understand the links between diet and behaviour problems

Duration

2 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Surviving the Teenage Years

Course Overview

Are you having difficulties with your teenager?

This course will help parents gain confidence in their ability to parent their teen effectively.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the adolescent stages
  • Describe the importance of building relationships
  • Identify strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour
  • Recognise the importance of effective communication
  • Identify the law around sex, drugs and alcohol

Duration

2 hours per week for 6 weeks