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Project information

Hopscotch Christmas Challenge

To help children and young people in residential care in the North West of England access training and work experience opportunities and enable them to move into independent living.

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: Hopscotch Care Foundation

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  • Need


    Young people in care have often come from a background of no formal education and with no members of their family or friends ever having been in paid employment. This leads to the young people having no aspirations as they accept the impossibility of getting a job that would pay sufficiently well to enabled them to have their own house or car and so when leaving care at age 18 with no support they return to an environment of poverty with associated issues of drug taking, crime and alcohol abuse


    By encouraging employers to provide just one or two sessions of work experience a week during the last year or two of the young person's time in the residential home. The young person becomes accustomed to being in a work environment, meeting people for whom work is the norm, being treated as someone who is useful and making a contribution, increasing their self esteem and raising their aspirations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide work experience and training for 5 young people in full time residential care.


    » Recruit at least two different employers to agree to provide these opportunities over the year for a minimum of 6 weeks
    » To encourage young people to accept these placements by agreeing to pay them an allowance per session they attend

    What success will look like

    Success will be...getting 5 young people to spend 10-12 sessions of at least three hours each session working for an employer.

  • Impact


    The evidence of two young people currently in care in our Residential Home shows that it is possible to move them from having no hope or desire to do any training, or have a job, to a stage of wanting to set up bank accounts, try other work experience programmes, learn to drive, get a proper job and buy a flat. They will be able to make the transition from full time care to adulthood with at least the choice of how they want to live their lives and be potentially useful members of society.


    Risks are a major consideration when dealing with any young person in care. They are often unreliable, swear, are prone to violence, disappear, may take drugs and get into trouble with the police. The crucial factor in making the project a success is finding the right employer, knowing the young person, establishing the ground rules and most important of all is making it financially attractive enough for the young person to want to do it. Particularly for the first four or five sessions.


    We will produce a monthly e-update for all our donors promoting the names of the companies who have offered support and without identifying the individuals we will give an account of the progress and experiences they have made and ask them to contribute to the newsletter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Wages Money paid to the young people each session
      £1,000 Expenses Paid to the employers who agree to take on a young person and provide supervision
  • Background


    Although the Care Home is based in Carnforth in Lancashire the charity has been established to support any young people in care in the North West of England. We have several other charity partners who would welcome the chance to take part in the scheme if we are successful in raising the funds.


    Young people ages 16-17 in full time local authority residential care homes in the north west of England.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are small children's residential care home that has been established for 6 months, during that time we have had amazing success with two young people who we were able to find work experience for in an office and in an elderly care home. In discussions with other providers and Ofsted it appears that this is highly unusual as most employers won't take the young people and the young people won't go. With our financial incentives and good management we have overcome this

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    Marjorie Simpson

    Marje is an amazing woman, having worked in the sector for over 30 years and now Manager of our home. She is an expert in persuasion and enforcement!

    Carl Weatherill

    Carl is one of the Directors, but has taken on the role of mentor to the two young people. He talks to them as young adults not like a social worker.