Schools Outreach

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Open Door’s Schools Outreach Service (SOS) is a relatively new service. It developed in response to requests from school’s and other youth establishments, who wanted to find new approaches to working with young people.

The Open Door ethos is based on inclusivity, and our SOS programmes reflect this, being driven by our passion and commitment to helping children and young people overcome their barriers and achieve their potential, both educationally and emotionally.

The service is run by a team of specialist workshop facilitators, also qualified in substance misuse and counselling, delivering a range of motivational and life-skills workshops.

 

Our service provides a comprehensive programme of support for children and young people, practitioners, and parents and carers; we tailor programme to suit individual needs.

 

 

For Children and Young People

We recognise that when children and young people are happier and less preoccupied with problems, they find it easier cope; they learn better and so their educational and life chances are enhanced. Our services for children and young people include one to one counselling, group counselling, and a programme of motivational and themed workshops.

 

Examples of workshop themes include alcohol and substance misuse, life skills and motivation, friendship, bullying, self esteem, anger management, relationships and healthy eating; we are also licensed to deliver the unique and nationally renowned SUMO programme.

 

  • SUMO – Stop Understand Move On

SUMO, which means ‘I choose’ in Latin, is a programme designed to empower children and young people in an innovative and accessible way, helping them develop skills for life. Skills like dealing with change, building better relationships, developing a resilient attitude to life, maintaining morale, improving motivation and coping with stress.

 

  • What does SUMO deliver?

SUMO delivers skills for life – and helps children and young people develop emotional literacy that will help them deal with the challenges of the future. The way in which SUMO can help is summarised by the acronym CRAMS:

 

C - How to accept and manage Change in our lives and how to build and maintain Confidence to deal with the challenges in life.

 

R - Building better and lasting Relationships with our families and friends.

 

A - Developing a resilient Attitude to life and learning to deal with set-backs.

 

M - Improve and maintain Motivation for ourselves and those around us.

 

S - Learning to cope with Stress and turning stressful situations into positive ones.

 

For Parents and Carers

We help parents and carers to better understand and communicate with their children, so that family life can be less of a struggle. For those parents and carers facing exceptional challenges, we offer a dedicated service, enabling them to access appropriate support where they can work through their own thoughts and feelings, and if more enhanced or specific support is appropriate we refer to specialist partner organisations.

 

For practitioners we provide information workshops on a range of topics such as alcohol and substance misuse through to behaviour management and motivation. These workshops provide valuable up to date information on current legislation and policy, and insight into local trends. We also provide independent supervision and counseling sessions for practitioners, enabling them to ‘off-load’ in a supportive and confidential environment.

 

For Practitioners

For practitioners we provide information workshops on a range of topics such as alcohol and substance misuse through to behaviour management and motivation. These workshops provide valuable up to date information on current legislation and policy, and insight into local trends. We also provide independent supervision and counseling sessions for practitioners, enabling them to ‘off-load’ in a supportive and confidential environment.

 

Mobile Bus

SOS Open Door owns a fully equipped web-enabled mobile IT suite capable of seating up to 22 people, and including a multi-media sound system. This unique piece of equipment has been out and about in Thurrock, delivering a range of workshops to people of all ages, and its facilities have been well-received.

 

The bus is available to hire, our prices are competitive and include a driver.

 

Case study – SUMO

names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients

 

Issue:

Zoe, 13 years old, had been bullying other girls at school.

 

How we helped:

Through the SUMO programme, Zoe was able to change her way of thinking. The beach ball principle helped Zoe to view things differently, and to consider how other people may be hurt at what she said or how she acted towards them. Zoe slowly began to realise that she was a bully and that the things she did hurt other peoples feelings.

 

Outcome:

Zoe now understands how she behaved and the impact it was having on others. As a result she has changed her ways. She now uses SUMO to stop understand and move on. She no longer calls other people names or says things to hurt them just because she thinks it is funny.

 

Summer Fun

The Open Door bus will be out and about this summer providing a range of activities from field games, arts and crafts to giant jenga, and much more.  Download our poster to find out when its near your area.