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Hillingdon-based charity Halo which provides support to bereaved children celebrated the launch of its official HQ with special guest The Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor Carol Melvin.
The charity opened its new head office at Hayes Business Studios at Uxbridge College’s Hayes campus, with guests including Councillor Melvin and her husband and consort Andrew Melvin. Councillor Melvin has chosen Halo as one of the three charities she will be supporting through her fundraising activities during her year in office. Other guests at the launch included families who have benefitted from the charity’s work, supporters, therapists, 13-year-old Halo volunteer and ambassador Stevie, and X Factor singer Marianna Zappi.
As well as offering an access point for Halo’s services, the new HQ will be used as an office space from which to apply for funding and grants towards opening a Bereavement & Play Centre. Halo’s supporters are also raising money through a range of activities including sponsored walks, head shaves and a sky dive.
Halo, which is run entirely by volunteers, provides bereaved children and families from the local area and beyond with support, counselling, art therapy, weekly drop-in, a monthly Expressive Arts & Play Group, a bereavement book library, and personalised memory boxes and cushions.
Alia Jones, Founder of Halo Children’s Foundation, said: “Halo’s HQ launch was a fantastic event and everyone had a great time - we were thrilled to have the Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor Carol Melvin with us and are very grateful she has chosen to support us. We are really excited about having a single point of contact for all our services and a dedicated space for our fundraising activities.”
Alia founded the charity after losing her own husband when her children were aged just 2 years and 3 weeks old. She was recently chosen as a final nominee in the Women of the Year Awards, which celebrates the achievements of exceptional women from all over the UK, attending the organisation’s annual lunch and appearing on ITV’s Lorraine Show which supports the event.
* For more information go to: http://www.halochildrensfoundation.org.uk/
* To support Halo’s fundraising activities go to: https://www.justgiving.com/halo-childrensfoundation
Computing & IT students at Uxbridge College have had a unique opportunity to learn essential industry skills thanks to equipment donations, presentations from experts and a work experience scheme by haysmacintyre.
The link between the London-based Chartered Accountants and the computing department at College has enabled the students to learn a range of additional technical and workplace skills whilst studying on Level 2 and 3 courses, as well as on the Higher Education HND programme.
Over the last few years, haysmacintyre has donated server and SAN (storage area network) equipment to Uxbridge College, which has been used to help students develop high-level skills setting up and maintaining computer networks. The accountancy firm also arranged for a presentation to students by cybersecurity specialist Tony Gee (pictured in black t-shirt) from Pen Test Partners during the College’s Work Week and runs an ongoing work experience programme.
Simon Bulleyment, the Chief Information Officer at haysmacintyre (left in photo), said: “It’s great to be providing opportunities for the next generation of computing professionals and haysmacintyre is delighted to be working with Uxbridge College to support students through equipment donations and skills sharing. Whilst the computer equipment may no longer be of use to us, it still has a lot of life in it and it’s very pleasing to see young people using it to learn. This scheme also has a personal relevance for me as I studied locally at Brunel University London and also worked in Hayes at Thorn EMI when I first started my career.”
Dr Sam Al-Jajjoka, Computing Team Leader at Uxbridge College, said: “There is no substitute for learning by using professional equipment or with the help of industry experts, both on site and in the workplace. I would like to say how much we appreciate haysmacintyre’s generous and continuing support to our Computing & IT students - I have no doubt that the opportunities they provide will give our students a real advantage in the future.”
The students who have benefitted from haysmacintyre’s support are studying on the following courses: BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Extended Diploma in IT; C&G Level 3 in ICT Systems and Principles; Pearson HND Level 5 in Computing.
Uxbridge College’s Health and Social Care Traineeship pilot scheme has proved a real success with three students going straight into full-time Apprenticeships.
The students who completed the new HSC Traineeship last academic year are now starting Apprenticeships in a residential care home and at a specialist College. Joshua Adeyinka (first left) and Sapna Shamen (fourth left) will be working at Grove House Care Home for the elderly in Harrow and Rana Alanazi (second right) will be working at West London Community College in Hayes, for adults on the autism spectrum. A fourth Traineeship learner, Phebean Clarke (far right), has been accepted onto the full-time Level 2 Health and Social Work Skills programme at Uxbridge College as a result of completing the course.
The HSC Traineeship, a Level 1 qualification, can now offer places to a new group of students - and thanks to its success, a Childcare Traineeship pilot scheme is now being offered too.
Charlotte Robbins, Course Team Leader Health and Social Care at Uxbridge College, said: “The new Traineeship programme in Health & Social Care has been a great success and we are very pleased to be offering it again this year, as well as being able to provide the equivalent course for Childcare. Traineeships are ideal for students who have an interest in a profession but need to build their confidence, employment experience, or essential education and skills, before being ready for an Apprenticeships or further study. We would be very pleased to talk to both young people and employers who might be interested in getting involved in our Traineeships.”
Last year’s HSC Traineeship (pictured) completed their six month course with placements at: West London Community College; Woodlands Care Home in Ickenham, which provides dementia care, respite care and day care, and Innovate Day Centre for the elderly community in Hayes. They achieved the City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.
Traineeships follow a similar pattern to Apprenticeships, with students going into work placements and receiving on-the-job training, as well as learning theory, literacy and numeracy at College and gaining a formal qualification if successful. Learners entering Level 1 programmes such as Traineeships are usually those who have left school with few or no good GCSEs, or who are new to formal education in the UK.
For more information contact:
Charlotte Robbins, HSC Course Team Leader
Tel: 01895 853454