Project information

Back on Track - Mentoring vulnerable young people

A project offering holistic support to young people aged 13+ experiencing social, emotional and practical difficulties to find solutions that enable them to break away from negative cycles of behaviour.
Support to find employment, develop new skills and interests.
Support to develop resilience


Charity information: Base 33 Youth Charity

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  • Need


    Many of the young people that use our service have complex and multiple needs.
    Consultation with our service users and extensive work tells us that young people aged 14-19 understand:
    •Social and emotional issues prevent them from attending school/finding employment
    •They struggle academically and expect to be unemployed
    •They lack access to positive role models and activities
    •Risky behaviour (substance mis-use, low level theft, poor sexual health etc.) is common


    We will adopt an holistic approach that provides young people with access to:
    •One to one, consistent and on-going support from a Youth Worker who will act as a key worker and advocate.
    •A rolling programme of positive activities (volunteering, accredited courses, outdoor education etc.) Young people will be able to choose from a menu of activities and tailor an individual programme based around their need and interests that help develop social skills and divert from risk

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support young people to develop new skills, improved confidence and an increased sense of self-worth


    » Improved access to positive activities and one to one support from Youth Workers. Developing a bespoke programme of activities with the young person

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the amount of young people that experience a positive change as a result of the project and have improved confidence and self esteem.

  • Impact


    In the longer term we hope to support young people to break a negative cycle of behaviour and feel more able on an emotional, social and practical level.

    We can demonstrate success by numbers taking up employment, re-engaging in school and stopping their risky behaviour


    Young people may choose not to attend or experience set backs in their progress.

    We will support them to have a sense of ownership and understand that relapse is part of the recovery process


    Via a monthly e-mail report and a quarterly written report.
    If appropriate via Twitter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 staff and building cost holding two days of mentoring work over a year
      £5,000 activity programme accredited courses, outdoor education sessions, resources for community volunteering
  • Background


    Witney is the most deprived ward in the District with the highest levels of youth offending and young people that are not in education, employment and training. Figures as of May 2012 indicate that 36% of Job Seeker Allowance claimants in the Town are aged 18-24. Witney is ranked 5th for youth homelessness in Oxfordshire.
    Despite West Oxfordshire's image of a rural idyll, life for young people can be very difficult. Poverty and social exclusion can be a hidden and often overlooked issue.


    Up to 50 young people aged 13+ that are at risk of exclusion from school, long term unemployed, lacking in skills and confidence.

    Young people that are homeless or experiencing substance mis-use.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Base 33 has a strong and proven track record of supporting vulnerable young people to make behaviour changes and is the only voluntary service organisation in West Oxfordshire that is geared to this type of work.

    We work in partnership with schools, the police and West Oxfordshire District Council and in 2010 our work contributed to a 21% reduction in calls around Anti-Social Behaviour.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Bennett

    Our Senior Youth Worker has 10 years experience in youth work. He is trained in sexual health, substance mis-use work and outdoor education

Base 33 helps those that have fallen throgh society's gaps. Without them the problems for Witney would be far-reaching..

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