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Switch Now News

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This is where you discover what the Switch Now team has been getting up to. Use the buttons at the side to find photos, videos, and information on events that Switch Now have been involved in.

Check back here regularly to find out what's going on at Switch Now.

 

Great News!!!!!!

Appointment of 

Non-Executive Director at Switch Now - Phil Bales

We are delighted to have Phil's extensive experience, knowledge and enthusiasm at Switch Now!

Exciting News!

We've collected the keys to our first permanent home.

Foundry Way, Eaton Socon. St Neots

Switch Now are delighted to be supported by the D&J Lloyd Community First Fund, through Cambridgeshire Community Foundation,  for the Cambridgeshire Youth Social Action Programme. This means we can continue to build skills and experience  for our fabulous co-workers, to help them progress towards employment.

Fantastic Christmas night out at the panto at the Priory Centre, St Neots for Switch Now co-workers (and staff!)

Switch Now's 1st Birthday was marked with a great write up in the Hunts Post. So much has happened in our first year of trading... surpassed all expectations. 

Delighted is an understatement!

Switch Now was chosen as one of the Community Matters organisations that John Lewis in the Grand Arcade, Cambridge, supported across the summer. Customers to the store donated their green coins in one of three boxes. 

Christine Shaw, Community Liaison Coordinator visited the Switch Cafe and handed over a cheque for £1114.00, which we were delighted to receive.

Thank you to John Lewis and their customers, this helps us continue in the work we do, changing opportunities to lead to more fulfilling futures for our co-workers!

New Switch Social group in St Neots

Started on Tuesday 4th October for young people aged 16-30 years with additional needs. The group runs every Tuesday evening at Bargroves in St Neots 7pm-9pm (term time)

check out our 'socials' page or email us

socials@switchnow.org.uk for more information

Switch Now - Award Winners!

Charity / Community Group category winners 2016 in the

St Neots Community and Business Awards held at The Priory Centre in St Neots on Saturday 8th October 2016.

Switch Summer Socials

The collages below show the young adults out and about enjoying lots of activities doing Switch Socials across the Summer.

Switch Cafe staff and co-workers made and served an abundance of refreshments at the superb family fun day in St Neots today. We would like to say a huge thank you to the fantastic Nicola, Ross and the St Neots Tesco Community Team, who organised and supported everyone there. There was a great turn out from the St Neots community, including some of our regulars from the Switch Cafe. Thank you all for your continued support, without which we would not be able to continue to change opportunities for our fabulous co-workers.

We are delighted to introduce Switch Summer Socials.

New to St Neots, running across the summer.

Check out our 'Switch Socials' page for more information

Switch Now co-workers working with St Neots Timebank gardening for people in the local community of St Neots
Delighted with all the 5* reviews and testimonials for Switch Cafe, thank you to everyone!
Switch Cafe co-workers prepared a buffet for 50 people for the VE Celebration event in St Neots, working with St Neots Timebank
Press coverage of Switch Cafe supporting the VE Day Celebration event in St Neots

Co-workers welcome new staff

Sam and Ann to Switch Now

We are delighted to welcome two new staff: Sam Young and Ann Fitzsimons, who have a wealth of experience in supporting young people with additional needs, to the Switch Now team. We are really pleased to have you both on board!

 

Two Switch Now co-workers move into paid employment with local, family-run business!

Switch Now are delighted to be working with St Neots Fencing and thank them for giving Freddie and Tom this fantastic opportunity of paid work, confirming their thoughts that people with learning difficulties / disabilities are as worthy of paid work as any individual, they just need the opportunity to show employers what they can do.

Freddie is doing data inputting work in the office at St Neots Fencing and Tom is working in the workshop.

At Switch Now we profile, train and support our co-workers, recognising their skills and potential, to progress them towards paid, supported, voluntary or self-employment and have a more fulfilled future.

Busy in the Switch Cafe

Busy at the

Switch Cafe!

Open every Thursday and Friday 10am - 2pm each week at Loves Farm House. The Switch Cafe co-workers complete meaningful work placements, through baking and serving a delicious selection of cakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches, salads and toasted sandwiches. We all take pride in providing excellent cakes and savouries and a friendly, professional service to our customers

Exciting news!!!!!! Switch Now has been chosen as one of John Lewis' Community Matters organisations for May-July. Find the box in the Grand Arcade, Cambridge. This will help raise our profile as well as help our co-workers progress towards employment.
Switch Now and the Switch Cafe are featured in James Corley, St Neots Mayor's blog in Thinklocal magazine
Work placement with St Neots Fencing

Working with

St Neots Fencing

Our first work placement offer is from Mark and Michelle at St Neots Fencing, Cromwell Road, St Neots.

Freddie and Tom have started work placements with this great company, who recognise and support what Switch Now wants to achieve; fulfilled paid employment for young adults with learning difficulties / disabilities. We are so pleased to be working with these fantastic people who are offering a range of work placement roles, with the aim of this leading to paid employment.

Fantastic to be working with such a forward thinking company!

More publicity in the Hunts Post: Switch Cafe are delighted to be supported by Nicola and the St Neots Tesco Community Team - Thank you!
Switch Cafe press release in the Hunts Post!

Fantastic publicity for Switch Cafe in the Hunts Post. Great photo of the ribbon cutting at the launch event and the insert photo of the amazing cake that Iona Wilson made us, thank you! 

Official launch of the Switch Cafe at Loves Farm House by the Mayor and Mayoress of St Neots

Switch Cafe Launch

We were delighted to have the Switch Cafe officially opened by St Neots royalty, James and Georgina Corley, Mayor and Mayoress of St Neots, on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

The launch was a huge success supported by many high-profile people in the area, aswell as lots of our favourite people. Thank you to everyone for their support. We are exceptionally proud of all our co-workers as they worked so hard to make this event very professional.

The Switch Cafe is now open every Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm. We sell an excellent range of hot and cold drinks and freshly-baked cakes.

We would love to see you!

Freddie working for St Neots Time Bank earning Spice Credits!

 

WORKING WITH

ST NEOTS TIMEBANK

 

 

 

 

Freddie has been out and about in the St Neots community, delivery leaflets and earning Spice Credits from St Neots Timebank.

We are delighted to be working with this fantastic organisation, St Neots charity of the year, which offers so much to the local community, lots more to come...

Exciting project news...

It’s time to announce that Switch Now have finalised an opening date for our very exciting project. On the 10th March 2016 “Switch Café” will be officially open for business. The café will initially be open 10am – 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays at Loves Farm House community centre. All our co-workers involved are very excited about the prospect of running their café, so please come along and enjoy good tea, coffee, cake and company, all at very competitive prices. In the coming weeks we will have our finalised menu, so look out for that.

Going in the right direction!

 

'Moving on' evening at Sam Pepys School absolutely confirmed the need for Switch Now in the local community. This photo shows the 'lull before the storm'... We met some fantastic families and young people we are looking forward to working with. Always good to see some of our favourite people too; we are so grateful for your continued support. Thank you to all at Samuel Pepys School

New to the team...

We are excited to announce that Jeanette Popham has joined the Switch Now Team. Jeanette has many years of experience supporting individuals with additional needs in a catering environment. These skills will be put to good use on a very exciting project starting soon. To find out more check out our Facebook page.

We're in the Hunts Post....again!

Exciting news… Switch Now has joined forces with St Neots Timebank https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/G-9-_lxYh0i2FYt_IR9xv27egxMwLxLnHTptO-ESFiQBLtOpYtLzaJGd64gJi0mcu9yxo37zJvk2rRhL8cTYfExVvjp_uNLJImy-ExOeIDe9N4ckvhEhviJlavlIrgUizGnmVCb121dsWluk

Timebank is a way for people to share their knowledge and skills with their local community and be rewarded for it. Volunteering for Timebank will mean that     Switch Now’s co-workers will use the skills they have for the benefit of their local community and in return they will earn spice-credits… watch this space to find out more!

For more information about St Neots Timebank go to www.stneotstimebank.org.uk

Donation from Eynesbury Village Association  

Switch Now received a generous donation from Eynesbury Village Association, which we will use to buy equipment for our co-workers to set up Switch Trading… more news about this to follow.

A cheque was presented to Mark, Catherine and Katie, one of Switch Now’s co-workers by Georgina Corley.

Did you see us in the Hunt Post?

We were delighted to have had a great editorial piece and photograph appear in the Hunt Post publicising Switch Now.

 

We are ready to open our doors!

From the initial idea a few months ago to where we are today, Switch Now has achieved far more than we thought we could at this stage. In the last couple of months Switch Now has become a registered Community Interest Company, we have also launched our website as well as creating a good social media presence. To gauge the need locally we ran free workshops, visited youth groups, met and spoke to the St Neots locality team, local community groups, schools, local authority staff, parents, carers. For all this support and guidance, we thank you all.

This valuable support and input has helped us to mould Switch Now. It has also led us to bring our opening forward from the provisional New Year date. It gives us great pleasure to officially announce that Switch Now will start trading on the 5th November 2015.

If you would like any further information please visit our “contact us” page.

We look forward to offering a new and diverse provision to the young adults that join us, as well as St Neots and it's community. Thank you again to everyone that has supported Mark and Catherine in getting Switch Now to where it is.

 

Switch Now at the Loves Farm EXPO

We would like to say a big thank you to Ben and all the volunteers for making us feel welcome at the Loves Farm Expo. It was a great event that really involved the local community. We are looking forward to working at the new community centre and becoming part of the Loves Farm community.

Our first workshops

Switch Now's workshops were 'buzzing' on the 8th and 15th October @ Bargroves, St Neots. Fantastic response and feedback from all the young people and parents who came along. Thank you for sparing the time to find out how Switch Now could change opportunities for your future!

To see photos of the days workshops and other Switch Now events, please visit our "Workshop photos" page.

FIND OUT MORE!

Contact us now to make an appointment to see what Switch Now offers.

Phone: 07518795370 or 07518795301
Email: contact@switchnow.org.uk
Website:
www.switchnow.org.uk/contact-us/

 

 

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