I’m very happy to say things have been very busy at Bridge the Gap lately, though I feel the website and blog have been neglected as a result. So I thought I’d pop on and have a little catch up with you all.
Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has supported us on our social media accounts lately. As I’m sure you are aware, social media is a huge part of business in 2018 – especially a business like ours, where we are sharing such important information with parents and carers of children and young people. It helps us to reach more people and creates momentum around the movement that we are supporting. Many people that have had nowhere else to turn have found us through social media. Some children that have been discharged from CAMHS but still need support, and children and parents who are struggling to know where to turn next.
Every like, every comment and every share help us to reach more people’s timelines. Even if you can’t relate to a post yourself it might be something that one of your friends can relate to. For this reason, and this reason alone, we ask you to interact with our posts, share them with your contacts and invite your friends to like our page. We don’t make any money from social media, but we have been able to help parents that were feeling alone, the more parents we can reach the better.
Right, that’s the admin side of things out the way!
What have we been up to?
We have been working very hard to develop our Teacher Training Programme. It has taken a lot of development, a lot of research and a lot of consultation but we are close to finishing a new and updated training course for educators that we will be launching before the end of the year. If you work in education then please join our mailing list to be kept updated.
We keep our courses affordable for schools and that’s because we want as many teachers, early years professionals, dinner ladies and teaching assistants to receive this training as possible. We believe our training offers something very different and we are proud of our engagement and feedback, which is sure to rise with the updated course coming soon.
We have also been updating our parent workshops - we are constantly researching and studying to make sure we are up to date with the latest papers and findings to ensure that our seminars and workshops give you information and strategies that matter. We have incorporated a little more on the development of the brain, more on childhood anxiety and have made it more relevant for parents of pre-teens and teens. The feedback so far has been fantastic, and we look forward to delivering this newly updated seminar to more parents over the coming months.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Baasit Sidiqqui who is taking plenty of time off the Gogglebox sofa to launch his fantastic initiative titled ‘Let’s Pitch It’.
‘Let's Pitch It’ and ‘Let's Pitch It Juniors’ are day long workshops run by Gogglebox’s Baasit SIddiqui. The workshops have been created to raise aspirations for disadvantaged students in later years primary, and early years secondary schools. The kids involved get to pitch an idea for a TV show. They do their own research and development into their ideas and get the chance to win several prizes both for their schools and for themselves. The workshops, delivered by Baasit himself, start in January and are already gaining high praise from a number of educational institutes. Baasit was a teacher for many years and his passion for reaching children and raising their aspirations is infectious. We are looking forward to collaborating on some events soon, so watch this space and join our mailing list to be kept in the loop.
I had the idea many months ago about creating community drop in clinics where parents could come and access free advice. I am looking for schools and community centres who are willing to host these clinics for free. All we need is a few refreshments, volunteers (to serve drinks and give a warm welcome), a room and a welcoming environment – if you feel you can help in any way then please do get in touch. We would like to get the first one off the ground before the end of the year, but we can’t do it alone. By next year we hope to be doing a clinic fortnightly at various points across the city. This support is needed and vital, so any help you can give is appreciated.
Lastly (for now, so you don’t fall asleep) I am almost ready to deliver our seminar online which I hope will help many parents who have contacted me but are living outside of the East Midlands. I am still finding my feet with the software but I’m ALMOST there! I have many of you on our mailing list for this already but if you are not then please do join to be kept informed.
There are 2 other lovely events coming up as well which I am excited about! I feel I have bombarded you all enough for now, so I will do a full blog post on this for you a little nearer to the time – it warrants a post of it’s own.
So, as you can see we have been very busy and have lots going on. It is time for change and I can feel momentum building in this movement which excites me greatly. Please, be a part of it.
Thanks for reading and please do check out our social media to read useful articles, information and gain support – many thanks, Jennifer.
Jennifer Wyman is founder of Bridge the Gap and an emotional education consultant and trainer. A qualified early years practitioner and mum of two with over 21 years experience within the early years sector.