Transitions UK is committed to addressing the needs of a “lost generation” of youth at risk. These are the main groups we work with…
for young people with special needs and learning disabilities
RADIO INTERVIEW with Inspire FM Luton
Based in Luton, and launched in November 2015, our Achieve Project supports between 40 and 45 young people with special needs and disabilities from Luton and surrounding areas as they transition from school into the wider community and towards independence. These young people are at risk from bullying, discrimination, lack of opportunity and choice.
This group of young people are among the most deprived and discriminated against groups in our society, 1 in 4 say they have no friends at all. less than 1 in 5 have any form of employment and they are excluded from many opportunities that others take for granted.
The Achieve Project is working with Woodlands Special School and with ten mainstream secondary schools and two further education colleges as referral partners. This exciting initiative is unique in its approach and we are already seeing great outcomes from this Lottery funded project.
Each young person is supported for up to two years by trained peer and peer plus volunteers working in a unique cluster support model, developing supportive relationships for a couple of terms before leaving school or college and then journeying with them for a year or more after leaving.
We include training and skills development, person-centred planning and work with each young person to help them develop towards independence, employment, inclusion and to achieve their real potential.
“Students at our school have loved becoming involved with this project, it has given them the chance to make new friends and learn new skills. In this sometimes difficult time of transition from school to college, Transitions UK is doing a great job to support these young people.” Phil Line, Head of Pastoral and Community Cohesion, Putteridge High School.
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for young people with emotional and mental health needs
Teenage mental health is an increasing issue in the UK. The roots are complex and can often be traced back to family issues as well as personal issues and peer pressure and so forth. This is often experienced as depression and self harm; sometimes as anger and disengagement etc. Having friends who are really there for you when it matters makes all the difference. Using peer and older befrienders and mentors, the Affirm Programme will work to break the grip of low self esteem and self-condemnation and give this section of youth at risk a support network and the friendship of people of their own age and older who can affirm who they are and help them achieve their full potential.
Aspire – Planned launch in Spring 2017
for youth at risk of offending or re-offending.
School exclusion can often lead young people into a spiral of unhelpful relationships and poor role models, which they can find difficult to escape. The Aspire programme will work with referrals from schools, colleges and from police and social services to offer positive role models and experiences to help those young people move forward in their lives and be the best they can be. Some young people struggle with school type environments and the programme will use person centred approaches to find ways of engaging each young person in ways that offer a better pathway and the help to take it.
for young people leaving care
Young people leaving care have enormous challenges to face and all too often are left to do that at the age of eighteen – just when they need the caring supporting relationships that should be part of family life. The state is statistically a poor parent and young people in care are more likely to offend, to take drugs, to harm themselves and to suffer from depression – including those with special needs. The Attain programme will work with referrals from carers and care agencies, including fostering agencies and children’s homes to provide the support these young people need to make good choices about work and education, relationships and community – and to give them a better chance to succeed in life.