Ms Pauline Blayney – Maidstone Skills & Community Centre Manager
Maidstone Skills and Community CentreTitchfield RoadMaidstoneKent ME15 8FXCentre Number: 01622 769620Our ref: PB/01Date: 14th October 2011
Dear Jubilee Training Centre
On behalf of the Maidstone Skills and Community Centre I would like to thank you and your team for the excellent workshop you did today for the students of St.Augustine’s Academy.
Their knowledge, enthusiasm and the ability to bring out the best in the students was exceptional and one you and your team should be proud of.
It was a privilege to watch such professional at work and I hope we can work together again in the near future.
Thank you again for this wonderful dayYours sincerely
Ms Pauline Blayney
Social Worker, Maidstone.
Jubilee Training Centre has been an amazing support to us at Restoring Hands with some of our most recent projects! As a local charity we are committed to make a difference in our town and occasionally we’ll get involved with home make overs or improvements to help needy families establish a place that they can call home. Those projects usually require a lot of manpower, but Year of Training helped us to get the work done to a standard we wouldn’t have been able to achieve without them. They not only got the job done in excellence but brought friendship, laughter and hope to every local family home we introduced them to. We can only echo what the local social worker of the latest project said about the student’s involvement:
“The result was amazing … the children’s bedrooms were not only decorated but refurbished and personalised and homely comforts provided in other areas of the home.
Working alongside volunteers can be a challenge in terms of ensuring client confidentiality and appropriately boundaried involvement. You impressed me with you capacity for sensitivity and professionalism alongside working with the family in a manner that has left them feeling befriended and supported.”
June Wilkins Trustee, The Bearsted & Thurnham King George V Memorial Hall.
We wouldn’t have the Bearsted Fair if it wasn’t for the Jubilee Training Centre, because of their help with the set up and pack down, as well as serving throughout the event. They do it with such enthusiasm and joy and we are very grateful to the staff and students. The Jubilee Training Centre staff and students spent a week helping to refurbish the Bearsted & Thurnham King George V Memorial Hall in 2008. They absolutely transformed the hall by fitting new carpets and redecorating. They gave time and energy and ‘thank you’ is never enough for the contribution they give to the Bearsted community.
Jan turner Teacher, Roseacre Junior School (top Ofsted report)
The Jubilee Training Centre has worked with Roseacre Junior School for the last two years. Each year they work with Year 6 and in an intensive week they teach the children about music, dance, drama and art. It is a very busy and very enjoyable week for pupils and staff alike that culminates in an amazing musical theatre production to parents on the Friday. The childen absolutely love the time spent with the Jubilee staff and learn so much from them – academically and socially. This week is the highlight of the year for many of the 100+ year 6 children as well as being entertaining for all at Roseacre.
David Pestall (Valley Park school)
Jubilee Training Centre’s contribution to our Focus Days has been well-planned, brilliantly delivered, highly engaging and based on sound educational principles. They create a marvellous balance of having fun and confronting personal, moral and social choices in an environment that is both challenging and highly supportive.
Beth Alcock and Laura Sear (Valley Park School)
Jubilee Training Centre found an interesting and exciting way to engage students in topics such as economic wellbeing, relationships and healthy lifestyles which can often be very difficult to deliver. They develop excellent relationships with the students, encouraging all students, even the most difficult, to participate without question or fuss. Students remember who they are and look forward to working with them again. They are an extremely positive and out-going group of young people who can open the minds of students in many different ways.
I thought Jubilee Training Centre were fantastic when they came in to see both the year 7s and 9s. They planned engaging, thought provoking activities which the students really enjoyed. I had some good feedback from students in my form. They were also very positive with groups of children and individuals which created a brilliant learning atmosphere.