Over the summer break 2011 we completely re-modelled our premises. The two industrial units are now linked together and are much more homely. At the centre is a brand new kitchen (kindly supplied by Magnet). The kitchen links over a breakfast bar with the young people's relaxation room containing a wall mounted 50" tv which is used for various computer games and watching dvds. On another side of the kitchen is a door to our well-equipped workshops and on the side opposite that is our training room.
Also over the summer a new heating system was installed which has made working at Respect4us during the winter a much more pleasurable experience for both young people and staff.
Many activities take place in the workshops. These are some of them:
car maintenance - life skills project
bike maintenance - bike project
metal work including welding - go-kart building project
brick laying - year 11 vocational skills
carpentry - craft projects
electrics including plug wiring - life skills project
When our young people arrive they make themselves hot drinks and toast, or help themselves to cereal. The day starts over breakfast! When everyone has had enough to eat we talk about what we are going to do that day. During this time individual problems sometimes become apparent e.g. a young person having spent the night out after an argument at home or a parent having been taken into hospital during the night. We have enough staff to be able to talk the problem through and if necessary help find practical soluitions.
We always sit down for lunch around the table - if there are too many young people to all fit in the kitchen we have another table in the relaxation room or we move into the training room. We consider the social skills of sitting at a table, sharing food, talking and serving each other to be among the most important life skills we teach. Very often young people will help prepare the meal and sometimes take responsibility for it entirely, including planning, working to a budget, and shopping as well as cooking.
Training Room The training room
is the part of our premises most like a classroom. It is used for presentations, discussion around the table, team planning and individual research and study.
Table tennis, pool and Fifa on xbox are our most popular indoor games.
Taylar and Kyle playing on our new pool table.
Respect4us Learning without schooling