Welcome to our February newsletter.
Given the large size and popularity of Nova’s Family Programme, it may surprise some to learn that, in terms of age, it’s barely a teenager compared to our IAG and Adult Education services, as well as being the (slightly) younger sibling to our Social Change Programme. In fact, our Family Programme was born as a direct response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, to help alleviate the trauma and stress of the fire and its aftermath. From educational and cultural activities to reforge trust and connection with the world, to retreats offering respite and healing for unsung heroes suddenly thrust into roles of community responsibility and leadership, we witnessed a heightened imperative for real, deep listening to people of all ages to understand their needs.
This week has marked Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme, My Voice Matters, puts forth the message that young people have the right to speak and be heard, with the knock-on positive impacts on their wellbeing and sense of community connection. This resonates strongly with us at Nova, and our newsletter this month includes a youth-empowered event with our partners at Imperial College, as well as a special workshop by our new Children and Young People’s Lead.
Looking after the softer things in life
Build Yourself Up
Starting in March, IAG’s Build Yourself Up workshops will focus on some of the soft skills that can have a big impact on how we manage our lives. Covering advice and activities to encourage everyday structure, confidence and motivation, these small group sessions will also offer mindfulness and meditation techniques for the body and mind.
Every Tuesday 1-3pm at Nova.
Call 0208 960 2488 for more info
New joiner spotlight
Georgia White
Children & Young People's Lead
“I strongly believe creating long lasting social change, improved well-being, developing peace in communities and therefore global society begins at a young age through various opportunities and education. I come from an artistic background that has uplifted me through many challenging times. So helping others find confidence in their own self-expression, despite any barriers, and ensuring it’s through whatever means speaks to them, is an important goal of mine at Nova.”
It just remains to say…
Random Acts of Kindness Week runs from the 11th -17th February, during which our new CYP Lead will be holding a special event with some young people to explore kindness, its impact and connections to the wider world – do keep an eye on our social media to see what they come up with! And you know that warm fuzzy feeling you often get following an act of kindness, whether given or received? Well, we are delighted to tell you that there is even a bit of science to back it up. You can check it out on the Random Act of Kindness website. 
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