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Clifton Learning Partnership

The aim of Clifton Learning Partnership is to work to develop a cohesive local community which is safe, healthy, skilled, contributing, participating and working. We work with the community and partners, both statutory and voluntary to develop a community hub, to build relationships and trust and to ensure engagement. We work proactively and preventatively to address issues in the community such as food poverty, low up-take of preschool provision, low levels of adult skills.

Our strap-line is ‘It takes a community to raise a child’. We believe in education (in all its forms) for all – individuals (regardless of age), families and the community as a whole, as a means to empowerment. We believe that this is achieved through building relationships, partnerships and trust and by carrying out specific and targeted projects. We know that we cannot achieve this alone and we want to work in partnership with others – statutory and voluntary agencies and the community itself.
 

Services

Employment of workers who will work with different sections of the community to
    Work with targeted families to address need, sign-post and support them to increase their participation, knowledge and skills in relation to parenting, health, wellbeing, safety, and ability to work
    Support engagement and participation activities
    Identify potential community champions and support them into volunteering and skills development and work opportunities

Chat and Play sessions - Weekly café located at The Place, which will
    Provide opportunities for voice and influence
    Provide healthy snacks
    Provide play experiences for pre-school children
    Develop trust between sections of the community and agency staff
    Provide advice for parents on a range of issues to include health and wellbeing issues for children and adults, debt advice, drug and alcohol support, housing, welfare, volunteering and work opportunities, skill development and course opportunities, safety at home and in the community, clothing and food banks
    Brokerage of additional activities/courses, from other providers, to deliver the identified outcomes.
    Contribute to community cohesion
This will be supported by:
    CLP staff
    Coleridge Children’s Centre staff
    Partner school & agency staff
Community Café - Half termly café located at The Place, which will
    Provide a healthy hot meal for families
    Provide opportunities for people to build relationships with each other and agencies
    Social activities
    Healthy eating advice
    Food bags with healthy eating recipes
Employment of staff to work alongside school and agency staff to deliver sessions to pre-teens and their parents to build relationships to build resilience and prevent risks of CSE and engagement in other risky behaviours.
 

Partnership working

We continue to deliver Community Café on a termly basis, where we regularly provide a hot meal to over 100 people and a food parcel to about 30 families. These events provide information and are usually based around a theme – for example healthy eating, safety in the home, keeping fit, as well as building confidence and trust. A wide range of ethnic groups attend and the age range is from 0 to 90, thereby supporting community cohesion agendas. Partners involved in the set up and delivery of these events include as a core – IYSS, Children’s Centres, Schools, school health, and occasionally or in a more peripheral role – Family Support Service, Police, Lifewise, Fire Service. This is just one example of our work – there are many others

Comments from beneficiaries & partners

 

About the Girls and Mum’s Group – “That bullying thing’s made me more aware. I know how to approach X now about going out. I think ‘Shall I give in to her?’ and now I think ‘No I’ll not!’”

About Community Café - “We enjoyed the art and craft. The food was great. Is it on again next week?”

About Chat and Play/Weekly café – “Who else would help me? And all is free. I get help with forms, school, socialize, meet new people and my child can play!”

About EU support – “I am happy to get help and support from you. I don’t speak English and no-one else to turn to. Thank you.”

Every Child Matters Outcomes

Stay Safe

From Accidents
All areas of ‘stay safe’ - A significant part of our work is about helping children and young people to stay safe and to help their parents/carers to keep them safe. We work preventatively and proactively with families to build resilience through positive relationships and interactions – for example through our individual work with identified families and children, through our Mums and Girls groups, and ‘safety’ promotion through our Community Café and weekly Café.

From maltreatment, abuse or exploitation

From violence

From bullying and discrimination

From crime or anti-social behaviour

Be Healthy

Be physically healthy

Be emotionally or mentally healthy
Individual work with children

Be sexually healthy

Have a healthy lifestyle

Choose not to take drugs

Enjoy and Achieve

Be ready for school
Part of our work encourages participation in quality pre-school experiences.

Attend and enjoy school
Work with targeted families may address school attendance and break down barriers that prevent regular school attendance

Achieve educational standards at primary level
Targetted mentoring work with children

Achieve educational standards at secondary level
Targetted mentoring work with children

Enjoy recreation
Youth Work support to young people to develop their ability to use their leisure time constructively

Achieve Economic Wellbeing

Engage in further education, employment and training
All areas of economic wellbeing - We think that our Community Café work addresses issues of food poverty. We provide support to parents to develop their confidence to get them into further accredited training and employment. We run parent groups to develop English conversation and written skills and encourage adults to take these further. We hand-hold parents to access other training, if this is what is needed to help them to take the next step.

Be ready for employment

Live in decent homes and communities

Access transport and material goods

Live in households free from low income

Make a Positive Contribution

Engage in decision-making
All aspects of ‘make a positive contribution’ - Work with individual children

Support the community or environment

Choose not to offend, re-offend or engage in anti-social behaviour

Choose not to bully or discriminate

Develop self confidence and enterprising behaviours

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Registered Charity No: 1142675.

Contact Details

The Caretaker’s House, St Ann’s J & I School, Leonard’s Road,
Rotherham,
S65 1PD
T: 01709 829087
E: helenlittlewood@clifton-partnership.org.uk
W: www.clifton-partnership.org.uk

Geographical area served

  • Eastwood
  • Clifton
  • East Dene
  • Herringthorpe
  • Rotherham South

Age ranges served

  • Early years 0-5
  • Primary 5-9
  • Primary 9-11
  • Secondary 11-13
  • Secondary 13-16
  • 16-19
  • 19-25 (for young people with disabilities and special needs)

Staff

Clifton Learning Partnership employs 4 staff.

BSc, PGCE, MSc ‘O’ levels, NEBSM, L2 Coaching GCSEs, Diploma in teaching adults Qualifications from the Czech Republic probably equivalent to ‘O level’, but cannot be specific, plus NVQ Level 3 Child Care, Learning & Development

Volunteers

Clifton Learning Partnership has 4 volunteers.

Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries are all families and children with at least one additional need identified by either themselves or a partner/referring agency. Beneficiaries are from a range of ethnic groups including white British, EU, British Pakistani, Afghan, Somali, Yemini and many more. We specifically employ a Roma worker to engage and support EU families and children. We also employ a white British worker and a British Pakistani worker. Numbers of beneficiaries total over 100 families in the last year and 80 children and 80 young people

Strengths

We are committed to the work that we do and to the community that we serve. We have a strong set of values and we ensure that these guide our work. We are very good at working in partnership with others – we have a long history of doing this. We are not precious about our work and if someone else is in a better position to deliver we are more than happy for them to deliver and we will support engagement or whatever is needed. We are trusted and have a good track record of delivering what we have committed to deliver. We have a stable, committed workforce with a core of employees employed from either from 1999 or 2004. We are good at reacting to changing circumstances, such as a change of client-groups, for example when Roma families first arrived we quickly identified the need to employ a Roma worker

And for the Future...

We plan to employ 1 full-time equivalent Youth Worker who will work preventatively and as early intervention with 9, 10 and 11 year olds to engage, motivate and divert into positive activities, as identified as a key issue by our partners through Better Together. We currently share premises, kindly loaned to us by the Council, but given Government cuts to Council budgets we feel that our position here is not secure and we will continue to look for cost-effective, suitable premises

Additional information

  • Nominated Child Protection Officer
  • CRB checks

Policies in Place

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Equality & Diversity Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Recruitment & Selection Policy
  • Safe Lone Working Policy
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Internet and Email Usage Policy
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure
  • Environmental Policy
  • Disability Discrimination Act Compliant
  • Marketing/Publicity Policy
  • Business Continuity Policy
  • User Involvement/Participation Policy
  • Service Users are involved in developing the service
  • Common Assessment Framework
  • Training and Development Plan