Opportunities to Flourish Week 14 to 18 October

In Waltham Forest we recognise that a successful life involves more than ‘getting a job’. We want all young people to be Safe, Well (mentally, emotionally and physically), Resilient, Independent and able to give something back to those who may be more vulnerable. Continuing the award-winning success of last year’s Big Youth Conversation, this year’s survey - created and led by young people – spoke to 7 to 25-year olds about what it’s like to grow up in Waltham Forest and what changes you want to see. 

The Opportunity to Flourish week reflects the advice and support young people told us they wanted. It aims to help them choose their path, feel confident with their choices and provide them with support to get them where they want to go. Please do share the booklet promoting the weeks events with your young people and encourage them to take up the opportunities.

Please ensure that your school has signed up for the following training:

All week

Streetbase

Streetbase is a peer-to-peer street engagement programme with young people delivering the programme to other young people, which increases awareness and access to youth provision by signposting to positive activities, opportunities, events and support that will help prevent offending and anti-social behaviour.

Streetbase is an award-winning programme, started in Southwark in 2009 and run by their Young Advisors; local young people aged 15 to 25. Young Advisors are trained and accredited by the national charity which oversees a network of teams across the UK.  

They will be visiting schools who participated in the Big Youth Conversation as well as others during the week to talk to young people about how they can get involved locally.

If you would like Streetbase to come to your school please email Katy Thompson asap to avoid disappointment.

All week

Connecting Communities

Our Connecting Communities Network Managers will be contacting schools to run community champion events, championing superstars within our community.

Contact Cat in the Life Chances Team if your school would like a free assembly from our community superstars.

Specific Schools based on their Big Youth Conversation Results:

  • Healthy Eating Workshop
  • 5 ways of Wellbeing Workshop

Opportunities for students; schools will be sent booklets to share with their students

Monday 14 October

Feel Good Ambassador Training

Pupils in Year 8 or 9 can become a Feel Good Ambassador and be trained on active Minds, school programmes and community work. They will then work with Feel Good Ambassadors in year 7 to identify a project that can connect local communities through sport and/or physical activities.

Invites have been sent to PE Leads. Contact Joyce Guthrie for more details. 

Tuesday 15 October

The opportunities to Flourish Fair

Open to young people all aged 14 to 24, join us at 1.30pm to 5.00pm at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Rd, E17 4JF for the opportunity to speak to employers and providers about life in the workplace and find opportunities to match interests from the apprenticeships, traineeships, voluntary opportunities and jobs on offer.

Tuesday 15 October

Sexual Health Drop in (registered students only)

11.00am to 2.00pm at Leyton 6th Form - we will be offering confidential drop-ins to discuss your sexual health, understand your options, and get yourself tested.

Tuesday 15 October

Sexual Health Public Drop in (Open to public)

3.00pm to 5.00pm at Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF - we will be offering confidential drop-ins to discuss your sexual health, understand your options, and get yourself tested.

Tuesday 15 October

Lets Talk Money

Finance Management Course for Students age 18 to 22 will take place at Innovation Lab, Waltham Forest Town Hall – sign up via Life Chancesspaces are limited.

Wednesday 16 October

Sexual Health Drop in (registered students only)

11.30am to 2.30pm at George Monoux College- we will be offering confidential drop-ins to discuss your sexual health, understand your options, and get yourself tested.

Wednesday 16 October

Sexual Health Public Drop In (open to public)

3.00pm to 5.00pm at Pastures Youth Centre, Leytonstone, E11 3DR - we will be offering confidential drop-ins to discuss your sexual health, understand your options, and get yourself tested.

Wednesday 16 October

Supporting Students’ Progression to Russell Group Universities Part 1 and 2

Waltham Forest is working with Advancing Access to offer training to teachers and Careers Leaders from all colleges and secondary schools in Waltham Forest aimed at supporting students’ progression to the 24 leading universities included in the Russell Group.

Wednesday 16 October

CV Workshop

3.00pm to 5.00pm - Need help with your CV? Age 25 or under?  Visit Waltham Forest College with a copy of your CV for a FREE drop in CV writing Session. Email Gary Lambertsnaith to find out more.

Thursday 17 October

Sexual Health Drop in (registered students only)

11.00am to 2.00pm at Waltham Forest College - the council will be offering confidential drop-ins to discuss your sexual health, understand your options, and get yourself tested.

Thursday 17 October

Higher Education Experience afternoon

HE Experience Day, takes place at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Town Hall, Forest Rd, Walthamstow E17 4JF - Invitation only.

Waltham Forest is working with AccessHE, St Peter’s College, University of Oxford, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Ravensbourne University, and the University of East London to host a day of HE activities for students of local schools, designed to highlight some of the fantastic opportunities that Higher Education has to offer.

To book a place down-load the activities sheet, & email to: Linda Leigh, Careers Service Manager.

Thursday 17 October

Sexual Health Public Drop (open to public)

3.00pm to 5.00pm at Wyemead Childrens Centre Chingford, E4 6EY - the council will be offering confidential drop-ins to discuss your sexual health, understand your options, and get yourself tested.

Thursday 17 October

Opportunity Bank Work Experience User Testing

5.00pm to 6.00pm – students will get the opportunity to try out the new work experience app and give us feedback on what works and what doesn’t. They can sign up via Life Chancesspaces limited.

Express your interest now

Advanced life skills programme for Year 7's

Following the success of the Life Skills programme in Primary Schools. The Council will like to roll out Advanced Life Skills to year 7’s across the Borough.