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St Andrew's Club is committed to the enhancement and enrichment of each member of staff (employees and youth workers) through organisation, job and personal development. We seek to ensure staff are adequately equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform well in their current work-role, also enabling them to contribute to St Andrew’s Club Mission, Vision and Values.
Have a read of our Training and Development Policy HERE and see below what we've been achieving over the last couple of years.
YWF Trauma-Informed Training
Sarah, Adrian and Stanley all took part in the Trauma based training from YWF. The training was an exciting opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in supporting young people who have been exposed to a range of adverse childhood experiences or ACEs.
Youth Club Manager, Sarah, successfully passed with Honours her 3rd and final year of her degree course (BA (Hons) Children, Young People and Families). We are so proud of her.
Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid
Eleven of St Andrew's Club staff members took part in this one day training which covered both theoretical and practical First Aid protocols for adults, children, and infants, leaving the team feeling confident and well-equipped with knowledge.
2 staff members (Adrian and Stanley) alongside colleagues from Westminster City Council, Metropolitan Police and Youth Hubs: Future Men, Avenues and Four feathers attended 6 workshops facilitated by Grit Breakthrough Programmes - Change your thinking, change your world Commissioned by the Young Westminster Foundation. This series of workshops focused on perceptions, paradigms, self-identity, organisational culture, reflective practice, importance of rules and boundary settings. This has subsequently increased effective partnership working between attendees and organisations and ensured that participants are more informed in their practice. Both thought the training was brilliant!
Annette, Sarah, Adrian, and Leona took part in the HAF- D&I/Unconscious Bias training for WCC providers.
4 staff, with colleagues from Young Westminster Foundation and Youth Hubs - Future Men and Fourth Feathers attended a Media & Press virtual training session delivered by Sandra Collins (HayesCollins Media) for Media Trust. They learnt about best practice for media interviews, press handling, crisis comms scenarios and followed with some mock interviews.
Level 2 Youth Work Qualification awarded to Youth Worker, Amina.
6 week Mousetrap Theatre Project course – provides exposure to the theatre industry alongside life skills sessions (e.g. Communication, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting and Using your initiative) and employability coaching: CVs; Improvisation and Interview Preparation; Job Interviews and Emails.
8 of the Youth Development Team.
10 staff attended Trauma Informed Training delivered by Westminster City Council. This session showed ways in which trauma can affect both the young people and also the staff particularly, following such a difficult year.
Former Club member, Hamza (20), who went through the Youth Development Programme and trained with Snow-Camp, working as ski instructor in France and at a London indoor snow sports training centre, has now become Manager of Ski Easy, Chiswick. “I would say that through St Andrew’s Club and the opportunities it gave me with Snow-Camp, my life has been changed. I have made many new friends and found out that I had a talent which I would never have known about." Hamza
Level 1 Youth Work qualification awarded to Mollie, Indie and William.
These 3 Young Leaders also trained with the Young Westminster Foundation, as Peer Researchers, identifying issues facing young people; their views on life in Westminster; and the services/support they need.
Youth Club Manager, Sarah, successfully completed year 2 of 3-year degree course (BA (Hons) Children, Young People and Families).
Study skills workshop, delivered via Zoom by Study Fast to 5 GCSE year members.
Three of our members joined Cyle Confident at their hub in Brixton for a bike workshop course.
The one-day course - which was organised by the MET Police Youth Engagement and Diversion Team - taught our three members valuable skills and knowledge on bike mechanics.
Amina (20) was one of Snow-Camp's 2019-20 Apprentices. She worked at both Ski World, Ravens Court Park and Ski Easy, Chiswick, whilst continuing her youth work with St Andrew’s Club two nights each week.
18 staff took part in online Mental Health & Building Resilience training. This provided a greater insight in to how to support the mental health of the young people as well as staff members.
Ruby, 15, attended the 15- week ‘Collective Music Programme’ an incredible journey through artistry which would have culminated in a live performance. The previous year’s members Scarlet, 15 (pictured singing at our Yuletide Comfort & Joy concert with Noel McCalla in Dec 2019) and Malachi 15, were proud to continue their involvement as mentors. Ruby went to 4 sessions before it was cancelled due to Covid-19, but continued to engage online practising lyrical writing skills. Ruby developed a solo song plus a collaboration song ready for the next stage in the Club’s Recording studio.
Stacey Pender, Youth Worker and Manager of the Girls' Team, gained her Level 1 Football Association qualification.
The Integrated Gangs and Exploitation Unit delivered an informative session at the Club about the dangers of gang culture.
20 members, aged 12 to 17 took part.
Sarah – Football Association training in Safeguarding. (Sarah is already our Accredited Designated Safeguarding Officer, Level 1 Award in Education and Training and Mental Health First Aider.
Boxing Coach, Tom Harper won the Westminster Active Coach Award 2019. He joined St Andrew's Club as a boy, volunteered and became a Youth Worker, benefiting from the training and opportunities provided by the Club. “The Club has really made a huge difference to my life - it helped me gain the qualifications and skills needed to work in the world of sport and fitness and I love helping the next generations of members understand the benefits of fit and active lifestyle".
Mastering my Future - A Virtual Employability Programme run by 2-3 Degrees
4 members took part seeing what life and work in a hotel is like.
Eleven Club members aged 17+ worked their way up to Snow-Camp's Graduate programme developing snow-sports skills with qualified instructors at Hemel Snow Centre. Six progressed to the 8-day Excel programme which should have been from Feb-April 2020 including a week in a ski resort. However, this was put on hold and training continued remotely.
Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety for Catering.