In preparation for their new Intern Roles three members of Hastings Advice and Community Hub took part in the Mentor Training.
Joanna Wilson, Clive Gross and Vanessa Stock have volunteered to be the assigned mentors for the new roles soon to be introduced at the HUB.
Today I visited BHT’s Phase One Hostel to have a Mid-Way review meeting with Receptionist Intern Diane Forest and her Mentor Tracey Chandler.
The main aims of the mid-way placement review are to:
- Support Interns to gain the most from the placement by providing a formal opportunity to look at personal and professional development, training needs and future goals.
- Enable Interns to focus on their strengths and areas for development as highlighted by the programmes core competencies assessment, which will assist Interns in deciding on those areas they wish to develop further.
- Review achievements during the first half of the placement.
- Plan and set personal and professional development goals for the second half of the placement.
- Begin the process of preparing for the end of the placement.
Diane has made a great impression during the first half of her placement and is looking forward to taking on some more responsibility and focusing on her professional development.
This week has seen Interns Alasdair Tenquist and David Tongs begin their placements in BHT’s Response Services and Eastbourne Advice Centre, respectively.
Alasdair takes on the role of Intern Internet Advisor and David the role of Advice Administrator Intern.
The Intern programme wishes both Alasdair and David all the best for their placements.
Today the Intern Programme attended the Work and Learning Working Group which is made up of service providers and is part of the Brighton & Hove Single Homeless Integrated Support Pathway.
The working group brings together service providers to share good practice and build on partnership working in order to increase the opportunities of our clients to access work and learning.
The Intern Programme provided a stall with information relating to the programme, including criteria, placements and application processes to clients who had completed their BOAH work placements.
The BAOH programme helps prepare people affected by homelessness for the world of work through half-day taster workshops and pre-placement training, followed by a minimum of two weeks’ work placement.
Kathleen Rutherford began her Intern work placement today at The Recovery Project. She will be mentored by Project Worker Laurence Barretto de Souza.
Kathleen will be in the role of Recovery Project Intern. The role will provide on-the-job training and work place experience in office/admin work and also offer the experience of working with recovering addicts and alcoholics in an abstinence-based treatment setting.
There will be additional opportunities to gain skills in supporting clients to feel safe and secure and helping them to maintain their place and prepare for move on.
We wish Kathleen all the best for her six month placement.