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Oracle activity impresses Jamie Oliver!

In February we shared news of the 'Come Dine With Me' event that took place, full of excitement and anticipation on what the young people would cook.

The event was, yet again, a great success however we were not the only ones who were excited about it. We were delighted to hear from chef Jamie Oliver (MBE) and how impressed he was with the activity.
As everyone knows, Jamie is an advocate of teaching young people the key skills of cooking and enjoyment of food. He was made aware of the event and we did not expect the response we got!

Jamie sent a lovely letter to each of the youngsters involved to celebrate the hard work and time each youngster put in, which we put together with a copy of his 'Five Ingredients' cook book.

When talking out the event Jamie and his team said,

"It sounds like you're doing some pretty amazing things! What a fantastic idea and fantastic effort the boys and yourself have made - everyone here at Jamie HQ is super impressed."

Our youngsters were excited and shocked with their gifts and were surprised to find out that Jamie had heard about their cooking...one youngster said, "this is cool!"

Events and responses like this show our staff and young people how amazing they are and how our child focused care really does make a difference!

Football - league winner!


One of our young people was very proud and excited to be part of a winning football team this week.

We encourage our youngsters to get involved in activities and pursue things of interest. Many of them choose sports, attending weekly training and competitions which not only improves their sporting abilities but also their health and interpersonal skills.
Being part of the football league winning team was an excellent achievement for this young person who is rightly proud of their hard work and dedication. Outcomes like this reinforce our message of how, by working together, we can achieve so much more!

Positive Vibes!


Since January in young people’s meetings, one of our homes has being looking at ‘positive vibes’; this is a time when everyone writes down positive things and / or achievements they have noticed throughout the week. A blackboard is on display in the dining room, the heart of the home, and the positive vibes get put on it from the week.

The home manager said:

"the kids LOVE it- they really like seeing what positive things people think they have done".

Such a simple but effective way to remind the youngsters of the fact that positive things do not go unnoticed.

Fun, Fun and Family

As ever our young people have been very active over the half term holiday.


Trips to Alton Towers, London and Mercedes World all took place togeher with lots of outdoor activities. Our youngsters enjoyed their woodland walks and visits to the local parks, which included one youngster impressively managing to complete a 23 mile bike ride!

During this holiday cooking and food was very much on the agenda, with many developing their cooking and baking skills with BBQ's and cake making. While these are exciting activities for the young people to take part in they are also developing their independent skills in a manner that they enjoy. It's within these nuturing environments, with child focused activities, we see them blossom into positive, self-confident individuals.

Alongside this some of our youngsters took the opportunity to have family contact and for those making a planned transition back to family this was a very important and positive step.

As always every day was used to it's fulest and as they return to school for the summer term they will be sharing their holiday news with staff and peers.

Oracle Model in practice.

As the Oracle Model is rolled out our homes have been looking at each area with their young people. Thoughts, feelings and discussions are being held in home meetings and more informally with youngsters as to what each area means to them personally and on a day to day basis.


In order to record the conversations and use the information to inform future practice some homes have taken to drawing mind-maps and posters.



As an Oracle family everyone's opinions and feelings are important. It is nice to see those thoughts being valued within save and supportive environments.

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