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Project information

Fit For Life

YMCA South Devon's primary focus is to provide support for young people from within our community, who experience educational, social and economic disadvantage.
Our aim is to enable young people leaving Fit for Life to move on into further education, training, employment or volunteering.

September 2012 - July 2013

Charity information: YMCA South Devon

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  • Need


    All our (NEET) teenagers are out of school for complex reasons. Some live away from home 'sofa-surfing'. Around 1/3 are 'in care', carers themselves or on the 'at risk' register. Many have experienced: Family and social breakdown • Crime • Violence • Drugs and alcohol• Bullying• Abuse
    This has left them with the following problems:
    • Missed education
    • Low self worth and self esteem
    • Lack of self confidence
    • Little or no ambition


    Teenagers benefit from discipline and structure in their day
    • Need to build and maintain relationships and learn to be part of a team
    • Ability to make informed life choices
    • Structured learning to gain recognized qualifications
    • Accessing training and further education at 16
    • Return to school where appropriate

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To re-engage young people into training, employment, and education


    » Fit for Life starts each day with breakfast giving time to discuss the day ahead. Our young people choose menus, help prepare and clear up.
    » Take an active role in planning the day’s schedule, role play, dealing with conflict, coping strategies
    » Have an input in planning their overall programme, educational OCN life skills programme
    » Take part in all decision making as and when they feel ready to take responsibility. to return to education, take leadership tasks within the group

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    OCN accreditation equivalent to 2 GCSEs achieved by 90%
    80% of young people will secure places at the local FE college

  • Impact


    The project will reduce the number of NEET's enteries at age 16.

    The social return on investement for Fit for Life is £2500 per person per year, the cost of a NEET aged 16 in state benefits can be up to £50k per year


    Risk that due to the economic climate we have more young people being referred to the Fit For Life programme and that a long waiting list will ensue


    Annual Fit for Life Report will be produced, information will be put on the website, and social media sites, donors will be invited in to meet and join in the activities with the young people

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £180,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £155,000 Staffing costs term tiem staff with specialist service delivery
      £25,000 Running costs for overflow provision,facility rental,raw produce to cook with the young people,educational resourc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    individual schools £150,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Torbay - Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, in South Devon. A rural coastal area with a depleting tourist trade, no industries based in the area and bad infastructure and transport. Torbay has a large transient community with low paid employment. Most young people's aspiration is to leave the area.


    Most of the young people that will be engaging with the project are at risk and live in pockets of severe deprivation in Torbay classified in Government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the top 10% most deprived in England. These areas are out of sight behind Torbay’s holiday image and hide huge needs including• 24% of children living in poverty • 2nd highest suicide rate amongst young people in the UK• An ingrained alcohol and drug abuse culture• Rising crime etc.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Many of these young people have been ‘written off’ by statutory agencies with their chaotic lifestyles embroiled in neglect, abuse, crime and anti-social behaviour. In short, these ‘at risk’ youngsters are the very hardest to reach, who trust and see YMCA South Devon as their family.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Programme Co-Ordinator

    Liaises with stautory agencies, facilitates meetings and acts as an advocate for the young person