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Brian Jackson Colleges

Brian Jackson Colleges

How old are the students at the YCC Colleges? Age 13-16. (Years 9, 10, and 11)

Who can refer for a place at a YCC college? Mainstream schools or the local authority.

What types of learners do you have? WE specialise in social, emotional, mental health (SEMH) and behavioural difficulties

Do you follow the national curriculum? We deliver a number of accredited qualifications ranging from GCSE, Functional Skills, BTEC and AQA unit awards, as well as offering a wide variety of vocational courses which include mechanics, construction, hair and beauty, BUMPY, boxing and food technology. The school also outsource a number of other activities such as bush craft, on-track karting, music and much more.

What other support is in place for your pupils? Emotional health and wellbeing support, attendance and behaviour support, drug and alcohol support services available for young people, school nurse and careers advice. 

For further information, please visit the Brian Jackson College website

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Child Accident Prevention eLearning

Child Accident Prevention eLearning

Who can access the training? Anyone with an interest in developing their knowledge on child accident prevention. There are no eligibility criteria for accessing this training. To access the training please go to the Kirklees Safeguarding Children’s Partnership website and register (if you are not already a registered user) https://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/ 

Is the training free? Yes! There is no cost to access this training.

How long does the training take? Approximately 30 – 40 minutes. Although it doesn’t need to be completed in one sitting. Once you have logged in and booked on the training you can complete the modules over a period of time. 

Do I get a certificate to prove I have completed the training? Yes. On completing both the pre & post evaluation and training you will receive a certificate. 

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Child Contact Centres

Child Contact Centres

How are sessions arranged? Arrangements are by referral. The referral can be made by a social worker, solicitor, family mediator, CAFCASS Family Court Advisor or other appropriate professional. Arrangements will vary depending on which type of contact session is taking place.

I don’t have a solicitor. Can I self-refer? Yes, we do accept referrals from parents or family members that do not have legal representation, subject to safeguarding checks. For self-referral we will require each parent or carer to complete and sign the referral form. If one referral form cannot be filled in by both parties then we require EACH parent or carer to complete their own separate referral form. Referrals will be accepted at the discretion of the contact centre co-ordinator.

What happens once a referral is submitted? When a complete referral is received, it is assessed by the centre co-ordinator who will confirm if we can accept. We may need to ask some follow-up questions or request further information. Once a referral is accepted we will arrange payment of the referral fee, and each adult party will be booked in for an introductory meeting with a contact worker. After the introductory meetings the contact arrangements will be booked in and confirmed. 

Are all referrals accepted? No.  Following receipt of the referral form(s) and any other information, we will make a decision as to whether we are able to offer a service.  We use the guidelines issued by the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC), in order to make such decisions, and there may be occasions when we are not able to offer a service, such as when there are on-going criminal investigations or pending safeguarding investigations by the Court.  Should this be the case we will provide information to the parties as to why this decision is made.

How long will I have to wait before contact starts? Following completion of introductory meetings, and once we are satisfied that it is appropriate to commence contact, we aim to arrange the first session at the first available opportunity. This will dependant on a number of factors such as centre capacity and parent/carer and child availability.

How much will it cost and who pays? Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer a subsidised service.  It needs to be mutually agreed by the parties as to who will cover the cost. Please request a referral pack for information on fees.

Do I have to meet my former partner when I go to the centre? Not if you don’t want to. We implement staggered arrival and departure times and the Centre staff will support with the handover of your child so you don’t need to meet your former partner.

Is there anything I need to do? As this is a special time for children to spend with the parent they no longer live with, please keep all disagreements out of the Child Contact Centre. Make this a happy time for them.

Does the centre make any reports about us? During Supervised and Assisted contact sessions an observation record is completed by contact centre staff. These are typed and shared with parents. Parents can then choose to share the records with professionals such as a solicitor Cafcass, or Court. 

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Community Friends

Community Friends

Who is the service for? We accept referrals for any adult living in Kirklees who is lonely and isolated.

How does this service help people who are lonely and isolated? Our volunteers offer an hour a week to visit clients in their homes, in this time they can offer company, a listening ear, a walk, a game of cards… it can vary week to week but essentially their main role is to build a friendship and for the visit to be of benefit to the client. We are proud to have helped to create many long lasting friendships that really make a positive difference.

How many people can I be matched with? Initially our volunteers are matched with 1 or 2 people but depending on your other commitments we are happy to match you with more people on discussion. Our main priority is to ensure our clients have regular contact and our volunteers are happy with their matches and we do not ask you to give more time than you are able.

How long do the matches last? Our clients are not given a time limit, our matches are all long term.

Can I be matched with someone close to where I live? We will always try and match you with someone who lives locally to you, this is not always possible but we will always discuss with you to ensure you are happy with the match.

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Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP)

Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP)

Am I able to refer myself? Self-referrals are acceptable but there may be a cost attached. Please contact the service directly for further details.

Can I complete the programme online? The DAPP is a face-to-face programme only.

Is the programme free? The programme is only free if you have been referred by a professional organisation like CAFCASS or any other statutory or non-statutory agency. Further details on the costs of the programme are available direct from the DAPP service.

What happens once I am referred onto the programme? Once we receive all the relevant paperwork in respect of your referral, you will be invited to a suitability assessment to determine if the DAPP programme is suitable to you at this time. Please note that attending the suitability is not a guarantee that you will be accepted onto the programme.

I work during the daytime. When does the course run? The programme is 17 weeks long with the first 3 group sessions taking place during the day. The following 14 (core) group sessions take place in the evenings. Letters for employers can be provided if required.

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Early Onset Dementia Support

Early Onset Dementia Support

Who can access this group? Working age adults living in the Kirklees area who have a dementia diagnosis or are awaiting a dementia diagnosis.

Where and when is this group? Every Thursday afternoon from Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield 1:00-3:00.

Is there a cost to attend this group? The group has no charge to attend.

What kind of things do the group do? Developing skills and hobbies, getting out and about in the local community, advice and support for family members, peer support and signposting to relevant services.

Can I come with someone? Yes you can come with a friend/partner if you wish to.

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Employability

Employability

My partner is working but I’m not, can I still access support? Yes. At Hopeful Families, we don’t means test so you will be considered individually. 

I already get support from another service; can you still help me? Yes. We can work alongside other agencies to help meet your needs.

I don’t have any children; can I still get support? – Yes, you can come on programme even if you don’t have any dependents.

How long does the programme last? – The programme lasts as long as you need our support to help you into your desired outcome. However, please note that our funding will end December 2022 therefore support from PLUSS will cease.

If I don’t attend appointments, will I be sanctioned? – No.  However, we do expect you to engage with the service once on programme and attend regular review meetings with your Family Mentor.

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National Healthy Start

National Healthy Start

I currently receive paper vouchers do I need to reapply to continue receiving my entitlement? Yes! The voucher scheme has now been replaced with a card system. You will need to reapply online to continue receiving your healthy start entitlement. If you’re currently receiving paper vouchers for Healthy Start, these will stop once you complete the online application. You can still use your Healthy Start vouchers until their expiry date. You can find the expiry date printed on your vouchers.

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Room Hire

Room Hire

Do the rooms have a projector? All our meeting rooms have a flat screen tv with HDMI adapter 

What are the cost of meeting rooms? We have various prices for meeting rooms including hourly, half day & full day. Contact our reception team for further information

Do you have refreshment facilities? We have a range of refreshments you can pick from. We have Tea & Coffee for £1.10; Tea, Coffee and Biscuits for £1.60 or Tea, Coffee Biscuits and Cakes £2.10. We also have Fresh cold-water coolers in each meeting rooms.

Do you have disabled access? Yes! All of our buildings have disabled access.

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Safety in the Home

Safety in the Home

Is this service free? Yes! For those eligible, this service is free and commissioned by Thriving Kirklees. 

Can anyone be referred? No – To access this support you must live in Kirklees and have a child under 2 years old. In addition, you must also be on low income or in receipt of benefits, including Income Support, Income Based Support and Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance, Disability Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Universal Credit, Child In Need Plan, Child Protection Plan

My child is over 2 years old – Can I still apply? No. The safety gates we provide are only suitable for families with children up to the age of 24 months, as per the guidance within the safety standard. When your child reaches this age, it is not advised to use this provision. This is because the safety equipment can present as more of a hazard than a preventative measure. As children develop, they will eventually learn how to open the safety gate and potentially use it unsafely which then increases the risk of an accident. 

Can you leave the safety equipment, or does it have to be fitted by you? No, we cannot leave any safety equipment we supply uninstalled. This is to ensure it is fitted correctly following the manufactures guidelines and considering the guidance within the safety standard. 

What happens when I know longer require the safety equipment? Once your safety equipment has been installed and signed for it becomes yours to keep. It is your responsibility to ensure safe use and maintenance. If you move home, you are obliged to take the equipment with you. We are unable to take down any equipment and re fit it elsewhere. If your child/ren is at an age where you no longer require the equipment it is up to you to decide what you do with it – If you would like to donate it to someone else or a charity, please take into consideration the quality of the equipment, ensuring it is still fit for purpose. 

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Safety Rangers

Safety Rangers

How do I book my class on? Schools attend by invitation only, however If your school is interested in attending a session, enquiries can be made by contacting the team on the details below. The attached booking form must be completed and can be sent to the email address detailed. Sessions are allocated on a first come, first served basis. If a session you wish to attend is unavailable, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as a priority for the next available session.

Is it free to attend a session? Safety Rangers is completely free – the only cost your school could incur will be travel to & from the fire station (unless you have the means of a school bus etc.). Yorkshire Children’s Centre work with several coach companies to ensure reasonable costs for schools attending Safety Rangers. If you would like Yorkshire Children’s Centre to arrange your transport for the day, please state this on the booking form.

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Supporting YCC

Supporting YCC

What is the best way to collect money and donations for a sponsored event? The best way to get people to donate money is to set up an online sponsorship page with JustGiving. You can set up your own page by following this link: https://www.justgiving.com/nationalchildrenscentre Please contact our fundraising team to discuss any fundraising ideas or fill out the register your event form and we will contact you to offer any advice and support.

What is the best way to make a one off or regular donation? The easiest way to donate is by using the online form on our website. This is a simple, quick, and secure way to ensure that your donation reaches us immediately. You can donate a single one-off amount or set up a regular amount as a monthly gift. You can also send a cheque donation or Postal order by post (please do not send money through the post), or you can donate over the phone by contacting our fundraising team. Please do not send any bank or card details by email, these will be deleted immediately, and we will not be able to process. Don’t forget if you are a UK Taxpayer, we could claim 25% HMRC Gift Aid on your donation, meaning we receive and extra 25p for every £1 donated. Please see our Gift Aid section on the website for more details.

How do I know you have received my donation? When you donate online you will see a thank you message to say that we have received your donation. If you donate by post or over the phone, then you will receive a thank you acknowledgement email or letter as soon as possible upon receipt of your donation.

Can I request the money goes to a certain area of your work? We aim to reach the children, young people and families that need us the most, so we really like your donations to be ‘unrestricted’. This means that your donations are not restricted to a particular project, and we can respond quickly to the needs of those we support.

Can I use your charity logo? If you would like to display our charity logo to promote your fundraising activities, then please contact the fundraising team who will be able to arrange to send this across to you electronically. Please remember to always include our Registered Charity Number 288125 wherever our charity logo is displayed

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Volunteering

Volunteering

Will it cost me money to volunteer? We reimburse agreed out of pocket expenses for volunteers, and provide a handbook, relevant training, advice, and support throughout your volunteering journey. 

How long does the onboarding process take? Some of our volunteers require a DBS Check, which YCC will pay for. We also require 2x character references for volunteers. Once we have received the completed documents from you, the process will usually take around 1-2 weeks, depending on training dates. 

Will I have any training before starting my role? Yes. All volunteers are required to attend a training session before starting. We can also provide a ‘taster session’ for some of our services where you can get a feel for the role and decide if it is for you before committing to volunteering longer term 

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YCC Anchor

YCC Anchor

What does the YCC Community Anchor Service do? The Community Anchor exists to build a network of sustainable local groups and support local services to best serve their communities in line with needs highlighted by social prescribers and community members.

What area’s do we cover as YCC Community Anchor? We cover the Batley, Birstall & Spen Area in North Kirklees.

Does the Community Anchor work still do hardship work with individuals? The Anchor service itself is about supporting the groups that provide services to individuals, however YCC still do work with individuals in many other ways and can signpost.

Who can access the Anchor Service at YCC? Any groups in the Batley and Spen area that need any support (volunteer recruitment, funding opportunities, training, space) can utilise the Anchor Service.

Which other organisations are Community Anchor Leads? Support 2 Recovery, Local Services 2 You, Denby Dale Centre and Valleys Anchor Network.

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YCC Charity Shop

YCC Charity Shop

What happens to items I donate to Pass It On/YCC? Items are sold on your behalf to raise money for YCC and the variety of projects and services we provide to the community.  Details can be found on our website (insert weblink) but include services for families, children, young people and the elderly.

Do you take donations of clothing? We no longer sell clothing therefore we are unable to accept these as donations.

Can your drivers take away my old times? You will need to book a specific collection and your item must comply with our quality standards. We cannot accept any items which are not fit for resale. Our drivers will be happy to take your items and leave outside of your property for collection by a local authority or regulated waste collection carrier.

Will your drivers take my item upstairs? Yes. Our drivers are happy to take most items upstairs in your home. However, if the stairway is not clear and is too narrow then they would leave the items with you to arrange accordingly. Occasionally items are marked up in store for downstairs delivery only generally due to weight and bulkiness.

How do I make a donation to your shop? Please call us on 01924 404089 or use the link on our website to book a collection. Collections are made Mon-Sat generally between 09.30 and 3.30pm our drivers will call when they are on their way. We accept large items of furniture, please note any items using fabric or padding MUST have a fire label attached in order for us to re-sell the item. We accept white goods in full working order and bric-a-brac. Furthermore, you will generally be asked if you items can be Gift Aided to us which means if you are a UK Tax payer and sign up to our scheme, when the item is sold we get an additional 25% from the Government. This is at no cost to you as a donor but makes a BIG difference to us as a Charity.

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Other Questions

Other Questions

Please visit our ‘Fundraising for Us’ and ‘Ways to Give’ pages for further information.

If you have any other questions about how you can get involved with fundraising or supporting the charity in different ways, then please contact a member of the fundraising team who will be happy to help you.

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