Be a Part of My Learning Cloud’s Exciting Development Plans

My Learning Cloud is a subsidiary social enterprise of The YOU Trust and is looking to expand it’s number of independent Non-Executive Board members. This comes at a time in which My Learning Cloud is implementing a new business plan, with a key aim to rapidly grow the business.

The YOU Trust is a charity organisation which operates across the Hampshire and Dorset counties and who’s mission is to provide people with the help they need to realise their dreams of independence, security, stability, happiness and freedom. We help people in our communities who need care, support and advice due to poverty, homelessness, disability, age, ill health or abuse to have the life they want.

My Learning Cloud’s social vision is to transform the skills of people with really high quality, innovative and engaging multi-device learning through a learning platform which meets the needs of today and tomorrow. They are the market leaders in delivering online learning solutions for the Care, Support and Health sector.

March 2017 was an exciting time for My Learning Cloud as they launched their new version of their on-line learning platform. This platform is designed to offer a blended solution to learning which is delivered through an individually tailored user interface and contains training that is only applicable to that individual and their learning pathways.

Chief Cloud, Steven Embleton, says:

“The launch of Version 2 has been very positive, and the feedback received fantastic. I am very proud of the whole team for all the hard work and effort that they have put in over the past few months in designing and implementing Version 2 so that learners have more control and freedom over how they learn.”

In July 2016, My Learning Cloud become the one and only provider to be endorsed by Skills for Care as a the recognised provider of e-learning and their e-learning programme The Care Certificate. All courses can be accessed anytime, anywhere and are produced with CPD accreditation and designed according to CQC and government legislation guidelines

The My Learning Cloud Board meets several evenings a year to monitor the success of the social enterprise and discuss the next challenge to be achieved. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Non-Executive Director of My Learning Cloud, please contact Chief Executive Nicola Youern on 01329 821 923 or email

New Soft Play Room for Domestic Abuse Refuge

On the 14 of February, North Dorset Domestic Abuse Refuge will be officially opening a soft play room for the under 5s. The Refuge, run by You First Dorset, part of The YOU Trust charity, has been provided with funds by Friends of North Dorset Refuge project to go ahead. All parties involved are thrilled to be able to provide such a fantastic provision for children whose parents are being supported by You First.

The Chair of Friends of North Dorset Refuge, Sara Jackson, stated: “The Friends of North Dorset Refuge are delighted to see the completion of a project they have been working on for some years – a soft play room for younger children. We have raised the funds for this room which is brightly coloured and full of shaped and sounds, discoveries to be made and fun to be had – what is not to like for a small child?

Older children have their own space in a different part of the building – now the smaller residents have theirs where they can be safe, play with others and always have Mum on hand to help with new challenges: climbing, carrying, building, naming colours and all the time learning without realising that there is a different way of living, free from fear.”

This brilliant addition will compliment the existing activity room – You First have a specialist worker who engages with all children as we know that safe play spaces are vital for all children as we know that safe play spaces are vital for all children to come to terms with their experience of living with domestic abuse.

Katie Bielec, Integrated Service Manager of You First Dorset, said: “This extra safe space for children under 5 will allow them to play, explore and be free. It is an essential part of their journey and we are incredibly grateful to the Friends of North Dorset Refuge and Sovereign who have worked closely with us to ensure this addition to the refuge occurred.”

Women and children at the refuge, and You First staff, want to extend their thanks to the Friend of North Dorset Refuge for the generous donation, and to the Sovereign Housing Association, for working with us to install the soft play equipment.

Counselling service for Portsmouth set to continue through The YOU Trust

Portsmouth Counselling Service’s good work is set to continue thanks to a new agreement between Portsmouth City Council and The YOU Trust.

The future of the counselling service has been uncertain for some time but now there is the opportunity for this vital support network to vulnerable people in Portsmouth to continue as part of The YOU Trust.

The council has awarded The YOU Trust £50,000 from its voluntary sector transition fund which will allow it to continue the work previously undertaken by Portsmouth Counselling Service and counselling service volunteers to carry on their valuable work.

David Miles, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Counselling Service, said: “I am delighted that our work will continue to support vulnerable people across Portsmouth through The YOU Trust. While it might not be called Portsmouth Counselling Service, the public will still get exactly the same level of service. It is fantastic that the council and The YOU Trust have been able to work with us to make this happen and I’m particularly pleased they want the same people to deliver it.”

The YOU Trust already has a big presence in Portsmouth, Hampshire and Dorset, offering a variety of support services including advice services, working with domestic abuse, people with mental health issues and homelessness. The plan is for existing counselling service volunteers to become park of the new counselling service and provide a new counselling service replicating what they currently provide but on a firmer financial footing.

Nicola Youern, Chief Executive of The YOU Trust, said: “Portsmouth Counselling Service has a good track record of providing support to the city and we’re looking forward to continuing this as part of The YOU Trust. We’re inheriting a wealth of expertise through the people involved and the counselling service will compliment the range of work we already do to help people across Portsmouth.”

The money from the council will be used to cover the initial costs of establishing the counselling service within The YOU Trust. After the one-off payment, the service will become part of The YOU Trust’s sustainable operations.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, Portsmouth City Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, said: “It’s great news that everyone has been able to pull together to ensure Portsmouth Counselling Service’s important work can continue. The YOU Trust is an ideal partner for this, with an excellent reputation both locally and nationally. Their track record of generating income and securing funding to offer the public vital support within a sustainable business model gives us every confidence that the service is in safe hands.

Councils have far less money than in the past. Even so, by working closely with partners and using the funds it has to maximum effect, the city council has been able to protect these vital counselling services, this is similar to work done with the Recovery Café and ongoing discussions with Portsmouth Abuse & Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) to jointly improve their headquarters building.”