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Yearly Archives: 2017

Better Health Silver Award for Actes

Actes Trust is finishing 2017 on a healthy high-note; having achieved the Silver level in the Better Health at Work Award, a partnership programme between all 12 North East local authorities, the TUC and local NHS providers.

The programme reflects Actes’ commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its workforce, and the organisation will now work towards the Better Health at Work Gold Award during 2018.… Read the rest

Meet the team – Richard Yuille, YEI Advocate

New recruit Richard Yuille is a perfect example of how Actes supports its clients to fulfil their potential, having gone from client, to volunteer and now full-time employee in just a few months.

Twenty-five year old Richard from Middlesbrough is settling into his new role as YEI Advocate where he has a responsibility for providing administrative support to Actes’ New Directions team, as well as working directly with clients to provide one to one support to address barriers and progress into employment.… Read the rest

Actes helps young people to find a New Direction

Actes has supported 167 young people from Middlesbrough and Stockton into employment and training over the past year, since becoming a delivery partner for New Directions.

The charity works closely with hard to reach communities across Tees Valley to help combat unemployment and reduce isolation by helping individuals progress towards their aims and goals, be that in education, training, employment or a more stable lifestyle.… Read the rest

Meet the Team – Amy Copeland, client mentor for One Planet Pioneers

Actes’ Amy Copeland is playing a key role in increasing environmental awareness among young people in Middlesbrough.

The twenty-five year old is a client mentor for One Planet Pioneers, a project that is part funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Our Bright Futures programme which Actes delivers in conjunction with Middlesbrough Environment City and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust.… Read the rest

Talented youngsters perform Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

Our conference and events venue the Acklam Green Centre welcomed over a hundred children and young people from 11 local schools for a performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

The Year 1 to Year 10 pupils, aged five to fifteen, are from the Middlesbrough Associate Schools.  The group comprises of: Archibald Primary School as Lead School, Abingdon Primary School, Acklam Grange School, Acklam Whin Primary, Berwick Hills Primary, Breckon Hill Primary School, Newport Primary School, Macmillan Academy, Priory Woods School and Arts College, St Thomas More RC Primary and Thorntree Primary.… Read the rest

Better Health Award on target with archery event

Staff from Actes Trust took part in an archery session at Acklam Green Centre this week as part of the North East Better Health at Work programme.

North East Archery and Crossbow ran an event for around a dozen employees involving archery practice, a friendly Olympic style competition and a fun challenge with fruit and zombie targets.… Read the rest

Afternoon tea treat for Peer Friendship volunteers

Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s Peer Friendship project has held a special afternoon tea event as a thank you to those who have offered their time as volunteers for the scheme since it got underway in December 2015.

Ageing Better Middlesbrough is a six year, £6 million programme working to reduce loneliness and social isolation for people aged 50 and over in Middlesbrough.… Read the rest

Good Neighbour scheme success as volunteer lends a hand

Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s Peer Friendship project has matched its first volunteer and beneficiary as part of the newly launched Good Neighbour scheme.

Dave Holton, a retired IT project manager from Acklam stepped in as a ‘Good Neighbour’ to help Mrs Stalker by tackling a series of odd jobs that required attention around the home including changing lightbulbs, bleeding radiators and adjusting two walking sticks to the correct height which Mrs Stalker had struggled with as a result of arthritic aches and pains in her hands.… Read the rest

Inspirational youth worker leaves lasting legacy

Former Actes youth worker Nathan James is a prime example of how young people can improve their lives for the better, with the right support.  Now a project manager for housing group Thirteen, the former Pride of Britain Young Achiever has left a lasting legacy at Actes having positively influenced the lives of over 10000 young people while heading up some of the organisation’s most successful projects.… Read the rest

Ageing Better Middlesbrough Good Neighbour scheme

Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s Peer Friendship project has launched the ‘Good Neighbour’ scheme.

The project is looking for volunteers who can help people in their community with the skills they’ve got. As well as offering a befriending service, Peer Friendship is now offering individuals short term practical support – maybe a lift somewhere or someone to talk to? 

Good Neighbour volunteers will offer support to people in Middlesbrough with one off jobs like; moving the lawn, changing light bulbs, taking someone to an appointment or collecting library books.… Read the rest