The YOU Trust's Advice Portsmouth wins at the Charity Awards 2016

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The-YOU-Trust-logo-200pxThe YOU Trust is delighted to announce that it has taken the top prize in the Advice, Support and Campaigning category at this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

The YOU Trust won the award for the changes to its advice service in Portsmouth, which provides free support and legal advice to anyone in the local community struggling with family issues, employment, housing, welfare benefits and debt issues.

Before the changes made in the advice service, the previous system saw inefficiencies which resulted in longer waiting times with many people giving up and leaving without being helped.

After a three month listening exercise, The YOU Trust completely changed the way it was providing the service. Employing a holistic, systems-centred approach, clients' needs were put at the heart of the advisory process. "Pointless" initial form-filling was abandoned and qualified legal advisers worked closely with each individual and identified the root cause of their problems. With the help of volunteers, they then provided continuing assistance and support in a friendly, safe environment.

As a result of the changes, waiting times have been dramatically reduced from up to 3 hours to an average of 12 minutes, Advice Portsmouth processes on average 13,500 cases each year, up from 9,000 before, and 99% of clients rated the service at 9/10 or higher.

Alongside nine other category winners, the Overall Winner and the recipient of the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, YOU Trust was presented with the award at a star-studded black-tie ceremony at the Mermaid Theatre in London on Thursday 9 June, hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull.
Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated YOU Trust on winning the highly-coveted award. She said:

“We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so YOU Trust should be very proud to have won their category. Their project delivered amazing results. For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities win awards.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said:

“This year's Charity Awards celebrate the inspiring people working in neighbourhoods and communities across the UK and overseas to make the world a better place. Celebrating these successes - as these awards have now been doing for 17 years - is an important part of maintaining and building Britain's proud culture of civil action and generosity. The organisations which won awards and those who were shortlisted demonstrate a great sense of teamwork, collaboration and management excellence. It is humbling to see the amazing work being done by people who are changing lives in so many ways. Their stories are an inspiration, and my congratulations go out to them all.”

Nicola Youern, chief executive of YOU Trust, said:

"We were thrilled to have won this award which belongs to the brilliant staff and volunteers at Advice Portsmouth who are dedicated to helping the people of Portsmouth."


Event offers careers with real rewards

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danielle saunders webYou could have a career that makes a difference and offers real rewards. That's the message that care assistant Danielle Saunders will be giving at a special jobs event later this month.

The Big Caring Careers Event is all about jobs and apprenticeships in the care sector. It's at Cascades shopping centre in Portsmouth city centre on Thursday 30th June, from 10am to 2pm.

Danielle, 28, from Southsea, will be helping to show young people, or those changing career, that today's care sector can offer truly rewarding work, helping vulnerable people live fulfilling lives. It can also offer sound training and great prospects.

Roles in the care sector include key worker, support worker, care assistant and nursing assistant. There are also careers available in catering, in such roles as catering assistant, cook or chef.

The event is being organised by Portsmouth City Council. The NHS, independent employers, Job Centre Plus and training providers are also expected to attend.

Danielle, a care assistant at the council's Shearwater care home in Milton, will be there to tell people why she enjoys her job so much. She said: "I went into shop work when I left school but I wish I'd gone into the care sector straight away. The residents I work with have dementia. Everything I do for them changes their lives, and makes life better for them. It's challenging at times and hard work, but it's so rewarding. I love it. Everything I do makes a difference. Every day's different and I meet so many amazing people and their families. It's a good career. You can work your way up and go into so many different areas. And people are always going to need care."

Cllr Luke Stubbs, the council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "This event will hopefully dispel some of the myths about working in the care sector. These days it's a career with a real future. Working closely with people who need support can be the most rewarding role possible. It's one of the most important jobs you can do in your community. From the employers' point of view, we need to recruit a new generation of workers into the care sector. We need bright, keen people who want to develop their skills and use them to the full."

The charity Skills for Care, which works to develop the adult social care workforce nationally, is funding the event.

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Readers of the Year announced

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Portsmouth's Readers of the Year in the secondary school year 8/9 category were announced at an award ceremony at Action Stations on Wednesday.

Annabel Derry, aged 13 from Mayfield School and Muhammad Malik, aged 14 from Charter Academy saw off competition from 120 other children from 11 schools across the city to scoop the title.

Portsmouth schools have participated in the Reader of the Year awards in association with the Library and Archive Service since 2008.

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Reader of the Year winners Muhammad Malik (left) and Annabel Derry (right) with Book Award (Longer Novel) winner Teri Terry (centre)

There is also an additional award category for submissions of original creative work based on the shortlisted books, such as video, photography and drawings. This year the Art Award was shared by Romy Molho (Charter Academy); Gemma Andrews (Springfield School) and Annabel Derry (Mayfield School).

Mayfield school librarian, Emma Groom said "Annabel was over the moon when her picture flashed on the screen. She told us that she 'couldn't wait to show mum'. She was very shocked that she won both the Reader of the Year and the Art Award and was very pleased with her prizes. I noticed some of her friends from her previous school were cheering her on as well as the Mayfield pupils. It was really nice to see other schools being supportive of each other and celebrating their love of reading together. She and the other girls had a wonderful day and want to return for 2017."

Art Award webArt Award winners (L to R) Remy Molho (Charter Academy); Gemma Andrews (Springfield School) and Annabel Derry (Mayfield School) with Teri Terry

The winning book, chosen by the secondary school pupils who took part, is Mind Games by Teri Terry. She becomes a second-time winner after having received the award in 2013.

The Portsmouth Book Award started in 2001 and features sections for picture books judged by Year 1 pupils, a shorter novel judged by Y5 pupils and a longer novel judged by Y8/9 pupils.

The Book Award and Reader of the Year competition started in September with students being given a list of 25 books to choose from. Each book is read by six students and a shortlist of five books is collated in February. In May the pupils meet up to discuss the shortlisted books and to vote for their favourite.

Over 16 years well over 40,000 Portsmouth children have taken part completing a more than 200,000 reads to decide the three winning books every year. The awards are designed to build pupils 'reading mileage' and to give them a shared experience of particular books and authors.

The Book Award and Reader of the Year competition is one of the ways the council's School Library Service promotes reading and excitement around books - they also run literature quizzes for junior and secondary school children and arrange regular author visits to schools.


Westerly boats to invade Gunwharf Quays

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Sounio sailing boat webThis week will see an invasion of sailing boats at Gunwharf Quays, when more than 40 Westerly vessels will pack the marina for a 50th Jubilee celebration.

The date is fast approaching – it’s happening June 22nd-29th – and the celebrations’ main focus will be Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, alongside other events across the UK.

About 50 years ago, a company called Westerly started building small sailing boats. Their yard was at Waterlooville. In quick time, Westerly became a huge success story, in what at that time was a new market, and they helped make sailing accessible for the average family.

Westerly built more than 12,000 yachts in the period 1965-2000, making it the most prolific boat builder this country has ever seen. Its 26ft Centaur model became the biggest-selling boat of its kind in the world, a record still unbroken. They are now found all around the globe.

Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “Welcoming 40 yachts into our beautiful marina will be a fantastic spectacle for all sailing enthusiasts. Gunwharf Quays is the only shopping centre in the UK that you can sail into, and the arrival of the Westerly boats will perfectly celebrate our unique location on the waterfront.”

Events during the week at Gunwharf Quays will include a celebratory sail past of many different types of Westerly, a Jubilee dinner at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth which has attracted guests from as far away as Australia, and a re-enactment of the first event staged by the owner group in the mid-1960’s, a friendly race from Portsmouth to Beaulieu.


New access route opens at The Hard

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This week the access route to the train station and ferry terminals at The Hard will move to the opposite side of the site, by HMS Warrior, as a new pathway has now been completed.

At the same time the current access route will close so work can be completed on the new terminal building and pathway which is scheduled to open by Christmas.

Changes to access will take place on Tuesday 21th June with the new route fully open on Wednesday 22th June. This route will be a shared pedestrian and cycle space so users are asked to be careful and considerate, and follow the signs.

The next phase of the project will include some work in front of the steps at the entrance to the train station, this will mean sections of the steps will be closed at times but the station will remain accessible at all times. There will be no vehicle access except for emergency and delivery vehicles.

Creating a multi-million pound transport interchange is the first step in a vision to regenerate the area around The Hard which is located between the world-famous Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays. It will set the benchmark for the area and the tone for an impressive new gateway to Portsmouth.

The new interchange will better link buses, trains and ferries; make the site easier to navigate; enable pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles to share the space more safely; and make the area look more welcoming.

Cllr Jim Fleming, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, said: "Opening the new access route is the first step towards completing the transformation of the interchange and making this area the gateway entrance to Portsmouth that the city deserves."

The new interchange will better link buses, trains and ferries; make the site easier to navigate; enable pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles to share the space more safely; and make the area look more welcoming.

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