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Welcome to the YorOK Newsletter for April 2016

In this issue:

  • The 'Storyknowing' Festival
  • A New Interactive 'Resource and Advice Directory' (RAD)
  • Learning and Careers for Parents too ...
  • Story Boards
  • The NSPCC's 'Women as Protectors' Group Programme
  • Are You Eligible for a Free York Museums Trust Card?
  • The Sunflower Centre
  • Shine Awards for 'Show Me That I Matter' Ambassadors


'Storyknowing' - A Festival and Symposium of Storytelling and Theatre With Young People

22 - 23 April, 2016 The International Centre for Arts and Narrative - York St John University / York Theatre Royal. Actor Image

This conference is a chance for professionals, arts practitioners, researchers, teachers and young people to come together to explore how story and the arts can help young people (particularly 11 - 18s) meet the challenges of growing up in the 21st century. Speakers and workshop leaders include top storytellers and theatre makers working with young people in education, mental health, disability, youth justice and non-school settings.

Performances both by and for young people, and young people's workshops parallel to adults' workshops on the Saturday, mean that practitioners can bring interested young people to gain a rich experience of the university and theatre environment.

Teenagers Reading Image     Young people's fee just £5; practitioners £40 - £80. 

     Full details and booking page at:

     'Storyknowing' Symposium & Festival or 
     contact c.heinemeyer@yorksj.ac.uk for enquiries.


Brand New Interactive Tool to find Services to Support Families

RAD LogoThe brand new Resource and Advice Directory (RAD) is an interactive online tool available to professionals in York to help identify what support is available to you and the families you are working with. When working with the whole family, it’s hard to know what support is available for everyone. RAD puts all of this information in one place.

It is still being developed and new services are always being added but, if you can’t find a service or know of a service that isn’t on RAD, do get in touch with us.

For any further information about RAD, please contact the Children’s Advice Team on 01904 551900 (Option 2, Option 2) or childrensadvice@york.gov.uk.

Learning and Careers for Parents too ...

Higher York LogoLearning and Careers for Parents too ...
is a survey to find out the information and support parents need if they’re interested in attending courses or want to start a new career in the near future, including working in schools. If this applies to you, please complete this survey to share your views.

Interested? Why not come along to a Learning, Careers and Information Event for Parents/Carers at York St John University, De Grey Building, Room 125, on Friday 18 March, 10 am - 1 pm (drop in any time during the event).

Story Boards

A new suite of Story Boards describing the various aspects of the CSES's work with children, young people and families was recently launched. Topics covered include:

Please contact the Story Board author if you have any comments or additional information, and please feel free to share Story Boards within your service and professional networks.

NSPCC York Service Centre: 'Women as Protectors' Group Programme

The NSPCC York Service Centre plans to run a 'Women as Protectors' group, starting w/c 11 April, 2016 and running for 10 weeks. Mother and Child Image

This is a service designed to educate and support women who have some form of relationship with a man who poses a risk of sexual harm to children and is aimed at helping the woman to keep the family safe.

If you require an information leaflet or a referral form, select one of the links below:

Please contact one of the team on 01904 232800 if you have any other queries.

York Museums Trust Card - Are You Eligible for a Free One?

In June 2015 York Museums Trust launched a YMT card scheme. A YMT card gives 12 months' unlimited free admission to York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum, and Art Gallery. It also gives 10% discount in all of their shops and cafes.

If you have a valid YorkCard (available from libraries) then you can get a YMT card for £11, however you may be eligible for a free one if you are aged 17 - 24 or in receipt of income-related benefits (subject to availability and Terms and Conditions).

To claim your card you either need to visit one of the York Museums Trust's sites or call 01904 650345.

The Sunflower Centre

The Sunflower Centre is a brand new service at St. Leonard's Hospice, which replaces the old day care. The aim of the centre is to support and care for the relatives and carers of people living with a life limiting illness (including Parkinson's Disease, MS, Motor Neurone Disease, heart failure, cancer etc.), as well as the patients themselves.

Patient and Carer Image     Services on offer include access
     to complementary therapies
     (e.g. reiki, massage, reflexology),
     advice and support with finances,
     advance care planning or time to
     simply 'come and be' at the centre.
     It has a drop-in every Friday
     9.30 am to 3.30 pm at
     185 Tadcaster Road, York
     YO24 1GL, when anyone is
     welcome to pop in for a chat
find out more. The Sunflower
     Centre will be signposting people to other services as appropriate.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Singh on 01904 708553.

Recognition for Inspirational 'Show Me That I Matter' Ambassadors

Congratulations to Shelly Reed and Amy Mook, recent recipients of the Lord Mayor of York's Shine Awards, in recognition of their outstanding work for the 'Show Me That I Matter' panel.

Acting as Chair and Vice Chair respectively, Shelly and Amy have liaised at local, regional and national level and met with key decision makers, in order to shape and improve services for all children and young people in care and have been actively involved in projects such as the 'Speak Up and Hear my Voice' training.

With feedback such as 'inspirational' and 'brave', the two young ambassadors truly deserve this recognition of their hard work, determination and passion to improve services for all children and young people in care.

Shelly and Amy Image

YorOK Board Update

The YorOK Board (or Children's Trust Board) meets every two months and its meetings are open to the public. The most recent meeting was held on 7 March 2016.

View the Agenda and Papers for the YorOK Board.

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