Keep up to date with the latest happenings at JusB
GLK county Goldtastic event in June
A few weeks ago Ned McWhirter, Project Manager, received an invite from the county commissioner of the ‘Girl Guides Greater London Kent County’(GLK) to and event called Goldtastic. This was celebrating 50 years of the GLK and the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides Rangers and leaders had been raising money for three charities. JusB was one of those charities and a cheques would be presented at the event. Imagine my delight when I was presented a cheque for £3278.98p This is a fantastic sum for JusB and enables us to continue to support the young people we work with – A big thank you goes out to all the girls who took part in fundraising activities to help the young people we work with.
County Lines workshop
We had people from St Giles Trust come in on Monday 24th June and speak about County lines. County lines are where young people are taken and exploited in other places in the country to sell drugs. This is usually starts by some sort of Grooming. We learnt about the 4 stages of Grooming being Targeting, making friends, making relationships and abusive relationships. These people then have to live in trap houses in horrible conditions, where they cannot sleep in fear of getting robbed. The young people were engaged in this important but difficult subject and asked questions in the discussions with the members of St Giles Trust, as well as discussions with the youth workers. They were also encouraged to be aware and to tell their friends.
Golf Day June
FFT, a local surveyor firm, has been supporting JusB over the last year and will continue doing so until March 2020.
They have been very supportive of us and as part of that support they had a Golf Day to raise funds for us. The day was held at Chislehurst golf course and 20 teams enter the ‘Four Ball’ competition, including a JusB team.The day started at 8:30 am with tea and sausage baps with the shot gun start at 10:15 am. The weather was perfect for a great day of golf and all enjoyed the full hospitality laid on by FFT.
The golf was followed by a three course meal, presentations and speeches about JusB. It was a great day out with £9171 pounds raised for us. We are all very grateful for the support of everyone who helped raised such a fantastic amount.
Open Day May
The bunting was out on Monday 20th May to celebrate JusB's Open Day and funding from the National Lottery community fund. The new Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Nicholas Bennett,accompanied by the Mayoress,carried out two official duties, the first was to officially unveil the National Lottery community fund plaque and secondly to cut the red ribbon to officially open the new Tranquil Room which had been transformed last Summer thanks to funding from M&S bank and volunteers. Supporters and other invited guests came to this event to meet with staff, trustees and young people. During the afternoon young people showcased their singing talents and Ned McWhirter, Project manager, interviewed young people about what JusB means to them.
We had the Digital theatre visit us at JusB, for a fantastic, engaging workshop. The young people gathered with snacks to watch the small plays put on by the actors and actresses regarding issues with using social media and the internet. After each short play the young people were asked their thoughts and opinions and this sparked some really interesting and evoking discussions. All in all, it was an amazing experience that the young people really enjoyed. On the Thursday at the Kids Fun Club, we took inspiration from this visit and asked the kids to come up with their own plays about this and also had some fantastic discussions.
Ravensbourne Rotary Club presentation
Ned McWhirter, Project Manager, attended a small community grants fund presentation evening at the Bromley Court Hotel on 20th February, during which a cheque for £350 was presented towards holiday programmes at JusB. There were a number of other grant recipients from Bromley and Lewisham boroughs charities and representatives from these included 18th Bromley Guides, Cruse Bereavement, Turn Around, Magpie Dance, Family Action, St. Saviours Church plus others.
Open Mic night
On the 3rd of December 2018 we held our 5th annual open mic night at the Churchill theatre bromley. This year we had the pleasure of collaborating the event with Arts train Bromley. It was a night filled with amazing talent from young people singing original songs to rap lines about gentrification and poetry touching subject such as autism. Young people were able to perform in front of a live audience and share their experiences and build on their performance skills.
Jake performing his poem entitled 'Flawtism'
Christmas Party 2018
A fun party was enjoyed by the young people at Homework Club, Baseline and the Zone. The theme was 'blue' with icicles and snowflakes. There were games and food to enjoy and everyone had a good time.
The SOL (Sing Out Loud) Choir performed a concert in early December at Christ Church Beckenham and JusB was one of the beneficiaries for this. JusB received a cheque for £750.
Bromley Oecumenical Singers Autumn Concert on Saturday 24th November at St. Augustine's Church, Bromley gave an enjoyable evening's entertainment and the programme included Rutter: Mass of the children and the Semiquavers children's Choir from Gravesend. JusB received a cheque for £418.40
Charity Preview 2018
We were most grateful to Bromley Little Theatre for giving us the charity preview of 'Gaslight' on 8th November 2018. Through ticket sales and donations on the night, we raised net funds of £1,114.79. We sold all the tickets for this performance and even had a 'reserve list' of names. An excellent production with positive feed-back from those attending. We look forward to working with Bromley Little Theatre again next year for the September charity preview.