The change in season has brought along brighter days and new Baytree updates. We’re excited to announce that the Centre is now open Monday to Thursday 10am to 6pm and activities will resume in person from 26th April!
The Youth Service is running a hybrid of online and face-to-face sessions, from coding to gardening, photography to football. See the full timetable here!
We’re also looking forward to welcoming back girls from our Into School programme to the centre, whose sessions have taken place online since the start of the pandemic.
A special thank you to our latest funders Nationwide, The BeMORE Experience and Society of the Sacred Heart. Thanks to them we are able to offer increased housing and welfare support to more women in our community, as well as ESOL and integration sessions to newly-arrived girls from refugee and migrant backgrounds, via our Into School programme.
When Millie, who is autistic, started at Baytree three years ago she was virtually nonverbal, struggling with reading and writing. Her mother Mary was overwhelmed and struggling to cope. The Women’s Service has worked with Mary to help her support her daughter to become more engaged, less anxious and show her that she can be brave and speak up. Throughout lockdown, Millie participated in Youth Service Art & Wellbeing sessions and weekly reading club, where she gained confidence reading out loud, alwaying turning up with a smile.
Both have got involved in many Baytree activities together over the years and through the pandemic. Mary reads with Millie daily and supports her in all activities – whilst juggling housing difficulties, running a home, supporting her other daughters, and taking opportunities to improve her own written and spoken English. Mary says: “We love Baytree. My daughter and me get a lot of support there. They have helped me many, many times to communicate with Millie’s school to make sure she has the right support. As my second language is English, without their help Millie wouldn’t get much of what she has. Thank you to all Baytree staff; we feel comfortable, welcome and safe in the centre. I hope we can get back to normal life soon.”
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