Our Current and Upcoming projects
Thanks so much for your interest in our projects and activities.
Our concern is for this “lost generation” of young people and our aim is to provide support that changes young lives practically and positively through befriending, mentoring, skills training and personal development. We aim to help young people with disadvantage to achieve a better life and future. Not enough is being done and we are here to change that at local, regional and later national level.
We work especially with young people with learning disabilities, those at risk of criminalisation or offending, those leaving care and those with mental health and emotional needs. These are our current and emerging projects: we aim to expand and replicate them into other areas as funding and resources permit.
Achieve - Learning Disabilities - currently in Bedfordshire
Launched in 2015, Achieve supports young around 60 young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities towards inclusion and independence, including work and next steps education, through mentoring, befriending, skills development and life-planning.
This two year mentoring programme provides each individual with around 350 hours p.a. of support, deploying 50 peer volunteers. We have recently been substantially funded by BBC Children in Need to roll out this project across Bedfordshire.
Aspire – for Young People at risk of criminal Exploitation or offending: currently Hertfordshire/N London
Aspire has been running for a year now and supports 25 young people aged 14-16 years across 3 Hubs in Stevenage, Watford and Enfield, Middx. We aim to support a better trajectory for young people and prevent them getting a criminal record or being exploited and abused.
Again it’s a two year programme because what counts for these young people is committed, consistent relational support. We deploy around 60 volunteers of all ages, providing each young person with a support team of 2-3 volunteers. Funders include the National Lotteries Board.
Attain – for Young People leaving care:
—Currently Milton Keynes and surrounding areas
Attain launched on 1st October 2018 and supports 25-30 vulnerable young people aged 17-22 years of age who are leaving care and need help into work, education and accommodation and to avoid negative lifestyles and relationships.
Its again a two year programme and we provide a volunteer support team of 2-3 mentors for each young person, plus cluster and training groups to increase skills and encourage development. The project is substantially funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation
Affirm – for Young People with mental health and emotional needs.
We aim to launch in 2019, probably in Barnet, North London
This is the final group we set up to work with, and we are seeking the funding to support around 25 young people who are in need of mentoring, befriending and relational support to help them through depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts etc.
The pressures on young people today are enormous and many have little support to get them through. We want to save lives and change lives and futures. This area is an important area for us to develop.
We want to keep you up to date with developments and achievements across all our project and we are keen to report achievements and successes at individual and project level.