Preparing for Work – Free Training Course!

Are you aged 16-24 and living in Sutton?
The Bridges Project are running a 6-week programme of practical, creative and fun sessions designed to give you, and your career, a boost. Whether you’ve been out of work for a while, have never had a job, or just don’t know what you want to do next, you’re sure to find something that’s right for you.

The course is free and will run every Thursday, 3pm – 5pm at The Quad. The next start date will be Thursday 8th January 2015.

The six sessions will cover the following:
Session 1: Starting Out

  • Introduction
  • What Am I Good At?
  • What Do I Want To Do?
  • What Motivates Me?

Session 2: Are You Ready?

  • Managing Your Time
  • Dealing With Setbacks
  • Being Resilient
  • Coping With Stress

Session 3: Present Yourself

  • Job Search Methods
  • CV’s and Application Forms
  • Interview Techniques
  • Gaining Experience

Session 4: Planning Your Future

  • Self- Awareness
  • Goal Setting
  • Personal Development Plan

Session 5: Making Your Job Work

  • Basic Work Skills
  • What Employers Want
  • Employment Rights

Session 6: Skills For Life

  • Money Matters
  • Healthy Living

Everyone who completes the full course will be presented with a certificate.

Interested? Book your place now!

Call the Bridges project team on: 020 8661 5911 or 020 8661 5924 or email us at:

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Anti Bullying Week 2014 – #AntiBullyingWeek #StopBullying

Anti Bullying Week

Anti Bullying Week runs from 17th – 21st November 2014 and is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The event aims to raise awareness about bullying and to highlight ways to prevent and respond to it.

This year’s Anti Bullying Week is looking to take action to stop the bullying of ALL children and young people – including disabled children – those research shows are significantly more likely to experience bullying in schools and the wider community. Every year the Anti-Bullying Alliance coordinate national Anti-Bullying Week; a week where children and young people, schools, parents and carers come together with one aim: to stop bullying for all.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance have created the following video:

What is bullying?

ChildLine says the following:

Bullying can mean many different things and young people have described bullying as:

  • being called names
  • being put down or humiliated
  • being teased
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other possessions taken or messed about with
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being hit, kicked or physically hurt
  • being threatened or intimidated

These things can happen at school or at home, but they can also happen online or on social networks.
Bullying can also be part of other forms of abuse, including neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

What can I do if I’m being bullied?

The best thing to do is to talk to an adult. Here is a list of people who should be able to help:

  • Your parents / carers / guardians
  • Your teachers
  • A YOT / JAS / PAYP / Youth service worker
  • Call BullyingUK on 0800 800 2222 or visit the BullyingUK website at (BullyingUK is part of Family Lives)
  • Visit the Childline website at or call them on 0800 1111

Cyber Bullying

Kidscape have created the following hard-hitting video to show the effects of cyber bullying.


You can get involved and help to spread the word online by using the following hashtags on Twitter and Facebook:

  • #AntiBullyingWeek
  • #StopBullying
  • #DontSayDontSend (for cyberbullying)
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Imagine Festival

On Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October, Sutton Youth Parliament put on a 2 day event of activities for young people from across the borough.

Complete with ‘make a Mosaic’ and ‘Graffiti workshops’ and Sutton’s very own ‘mini’ Bake off, the young people who came down to take part during half term had a great time.

A couple of young people show off their culinary creations.

The “Bake Off”!

Lizette Ampofo who is 18 and one of the youth parliament members who successfully bid for £600 from the Imagine Group to fund part of the event said:

“it was great fun to organise and get involved in. Those who came along seemed to have fun, and I learnt how to write a bid and application form, and to facilitate others in a group”

The “Bake Off”!

Jade Carvalho, 13, co-event organiser also said:

“The whole idea was to promote eco awareness and one planet one Sutton, and I think we did that, plus, I got to make some cakes!”

The Graffiti Workshop

The event was well attended, and was overseen by Sutton’s Integrated Services for Young People who are based at the Quad Centre on Green Wrythe Lane.

Jo Tiernan, Senior Detached and Outreach Worker for Sutton, who was managing the event said:

“The young people attending both days embraced the creative challenges of how to transfer their understanding of ‘One Planet One Sutton’, taking responsibility for their creations, which turned out to be great successes. The creative methods and responses using visual art and cooking proved to be great choices by the Youth Parliament members. All of the Youth Parliament members who were involved with the original bid, saw the project through and were fantastic hosts and peer role models, which made my job so much easier. It was a pleasure to meet and work with all the young people who attended”

Make a Mosaic!

The Graffiti workshop was delivered by Positive

Photos were taken by:

If you want to find out how you can get involved in the Sutton Youth Parliament, or if you are good at putting on events, influencing change and making Sutton a safer and Greener place to live, please contact to find out what is available for you to join and get involved with.

Please also tweet us @SuttonYouth

Were you at the event? Please share your experiences in the comments section below! (Please be aware that comments will need to be approved before they go live on the site.)

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Black History Month Event @ The Quad

Celebrate Black History Month!

Integrated Services for Young People would like you to join us for an evening of entertainment, fun and learning in recognition of local history and culture.

Where? At The Quad

When? Thursday 30th October 2014, 5pm – 7pm

How much does it cost? It’s FREE!

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Jennifer on 020 8770 4919 or at for more information.

Please note that places are limited, so please book in advance by calling 020 8770 4919 or by filling in the form below:

We look forward to seeing you!

Download our poster here.

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Imagine Festival @ The Quad!

Sutton Youth Parliament are organising a few activities as part of Sutton’s Imagine Festival!

IMAGINE is Sutton’s largest celebration of the arts and is now in its eighth year.

All events will be eco themed as we partner with One Planet Sutton to celebrate the arts in one of London’s Greenest boroughs.

One Planet Sutton
Sutton has signed up to become a One Planet borough by 2025. This means ensuring we are all able to live happy, healthy lives in a way that helps to save money and reduces our impact on the world. One Planet Sutton looks at five themes which cover everything from sustainable transport and energy efficiency, to healthy lifestyles and inclusive communities.

What’s going on in The Quad?

Tuesday 28th October
Join us on Tuesday 28th October for Make a Mosaic and a Graffiti Competition! The day will run from 10.30am – 3.30pm and is absolutely FREE!

The day will be split into two sessions:
Morning – Make a Mosaic:: This is your chance to up-cycle old tiles and create something beautiful! Your handy work will part of an everlasting piece for The Quad.
Please contact to book your place!
Ages 13-19 (up to 25 with LDD)

Afternoon – Graffiti Competition: This on the spot graffiti workshop will use eco friendly materials to create art works on boards make from recycled material. The final pieces will be on themes which help raise awareness of our changing environments and the causes. There will be prizes for the best three works.
Please contact to book your place!
Ages 13-19 (up to 25 with LDD)

Wednesday 29th October
Join us on Wednesday 29th October for Make and Bake with Sutton Youth Parliament! The day will run from 10.30am – 3.30pm and is absolutely FREE!

Imagine the best savoury dish you’ve ever tasted… now it’s time to create an even better recipe with your team! Work together to make the winning dish of the day using fair-trade and locally sourced products. You will have to use your culinary skills to win over the judges.
Please contact to book your place!
Ages 13-19 (up to 25 with LDD)

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