Flexible Families

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For several years I have been working with HEATS to provide a sporting experience for a group of young people excluded from mainstream education.

At Eston we use Middlesbrough Football Club's facilities to work on improving fitness, team-work and social interaction via 5-A-Side Football. Through HEATS, the young people have definitely become more aware of the needs of others, have learned to support each other and have at the same time raised their skill levels and their fitness levels.

They really enjoy the sessions and there is always a good turn out of numbers for this activity, which speaks volumes, particularly, for these students.

Additionally some have, again through HEATS, worked in a Woodwork Workshop with a Roman Re-enactment organisation, Hands On History.

This has led to improvement in practical ability, health and safety awareness and, very importantly, social skills and aspirational levels.

Dermot O'Brien

Heats in the North Ormesby Community Newsletter


This month Heats was features in the North Ormesby Community Newsletter. Read on to see what was said

We are a small registered Charity and company limited by guarantee, working in the Teesside area since 1998, to help and encourage young people to do their best to improve their prospects for a full and satisfying future.

We are very much concerned with a number of issues regarding the current generation of school children such as, for instance, their cardio vascular health. With the increase in levels of social activities of a sedentary nature (T.V., computer games, play stations and the internet etc.), we are concerned about the future of their generation and the increased levels of heart disease, obesity, attainment levels and general well-being.

We have offered and introduced kwik cricket, football, tag-rugby coaching and tournaments to many of the schools in Middlesbrough and have also provided sport sessions for young people during holiday periods. Our tournaments have been featured many times in the Evening Gazette's Grassroots section.

In addition, we have introduced a number of other projects to help engage the young people of North Ormesby and the surrounding district of Middlesbrough.

In particular we helped local young people provide senior citizens from North Ormesby with a day to remember on three occasions over the past eighteen months, when they helped to provide a roast dinner and entertainment including bingo sessions, quizzes and raffles. Everyone enjoyed themselves and each occasion helped to bridge the generation divide for both young and seniors.

Since 1998, HEATS has provided young people with tickets for Middlesbrough Football Club's home matches to encourage and reward best effort and good citizenship. We also support North Ormesby's Charity Shop by donating items for sale on a regular basis, and in turn we are very grateful for a grant to cover the cost of this year's tickets.

Our trustees, in general, feel very strongly about the safety of our children in particular when they are on the internet. As a direct consequence, we have developed a Safety on the Internet CD-ROM, specifically aimed at primary school age, which consists of a five minutes animation storyline, followed by an interactive quiz, plus an interactive 'what if' scenario section, all aimed at reinforcing the main theme of safety whilst on the net.

We continue to work very closely with many other local organisations in North Ormesby, including North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust, North Ormesby Community Centre, Middlesbrough Amateur Boxing Club, North Ormesby Primary School, St. Alphonsus R. C. Primary School, Unity City Academy Springboard, Street Wardens, Trinity Church, Middlesbrough schools, Connexions, Youth Offending Team, etc.

Anyone fancy helping us out as volunteer fund raisers, coaching or in any capacity? We can't guarantee high wages (or even any at all!), but we can guarantee working in a happy environment and tremendous satisfaction in helping in our community.

Anyone fancy helping us out as volunteer fund raisers, coaching or in any capacity? We can't guarantee high wages (or even any at all!), but we can guarantee working in a happy environment and tremendous satisfaction in helping in our community.

Contact us on 01642 219100 or 07986 263363 or just pop in to see us. We are above Coversure Insurers at 13 Kings Road North Ormesby Middlesbrough TS3 6NG.

Flexible Families

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HEATS and North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust have teamed up to offer the following:

  • Want to convert a pastime into pounds, but something's holding you back?
  • Are you looking for ways to earn some more money?
  • Perhaps you have a hobby or skill which you could turn into extra income but you're not sure how to get started?

"Flexible Families" is a new type of support aimed at parents and carers of young children, and parents-tobe. If you have young children and are interested in the flexibility of working for yourself with hours to suit you, but have never before considered it a viable option, "Flexible Families" is for you. The support available can help you to identify and overcome the barriers you might face in working for yourself, allowing you to turn some of your free time into extra income.

"Flexible Families" can help to build your confidence, learn new skills or develop existing ones, and even enhance key skills such as literacy and numeracy, if necessary. "Flexible Families" provides individual, one-toone support and development, and could be just what you're looking for to help you explore and rise above the personal, skills or business barriers which are stopping you from getting started.

Buffet lunch will be served at the events which will be held on 13th and 27th of January 2010 and anyone who attends will receive a £10 voucher for Asda.

Free creche facilities will be available at the Trinity Centre, Market Place, North Ormesby.

Interested? Don't delay. Ring Ann on 01642 220985 or Lawrie on 01642 219100 and book your place. No experience needed, just come along to the InfoPoint in Kings Road.