Project information

Streets Ahead

Streets Ahead will work with over 100 disadvantaged young people living in Cambridge City to build confidence, develop skills, raise aspirations and lead a happy, rewarding life. This will be achieved through outreach, positive activities and personal, education and practical support.

January 2015 - January 2016

Charity information: Romsey Mill Trust

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  • Need


    North Cambridge has some areas that are among the poorest in the UK.
    Young people living here live in a world where poverty, domestic violence, crime and family under-achievement is the norm. Some young people are primary carers for their family and others have no family support at all. These disadvantages can affect young people's confidence and self-esteem and lead to a feeling of isolation and hopelessness.


    By offering young people the opportunity to take part in positive activities, to learn new skills, develop confidence and be supported, they will feel empowered to break out of the cycle of disadvantage in which they are caught.The positive activities will enable young people to gain new experiences, take on new challenges and take part in activities that they would otherwise not have access to. This will help the young people to build the resilience needed to cope with the difficulties of life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase confidence and self-esteem of over 100 disadvantaged young people living in Cambridge.


    » Outreach work to meet young with young people where they hang out.
    » Youth-led projects led by the ideas and needs of the young people including sports, arts, music and healthy living.
    » Open Youth Groups providing an informal, social environment for young people that enables them to explore interests and develop positive friendships.
    » Advice and guidance to young people that helps them to deal with the challenges in their lives that include family break down, drug and alcohol misuse

    What success will look like

    Young people will report an increase in confidence through positive feedback and ability to take part in new challenges and make a positive contribution to their community.

    Aim 2

    An increase in the valuable life skills of over 100 disadvantaged young people


    » Provide positive activities including sports, arts and residentials that seek to build skills in communication, team work and building resilience.

    What success will look like

    Success will be young people making a positive progression into adulthood and independent living. Success will also be young people moving into further education, training and jobs

    Aim 3

    An increase in aspirations of disadvantaged young people.


    » Develop and individual learning plan that enables young people to assess their current talents and abilities and make a positive progression.

    What success will look like

    This will be demonstrated by young young people moving into further education, training and employment.

  • Impact


    The project will bring long-term, sustainable, changes for disadvantaged young people by empowering them to break out of the cycle of disadvantage in which they are caught. This will enable them to make a positive contribution to their community and to society as a whole which will reduce the burden on public services as well as the public purse. This will demonstrated by the young people's positive progression, and reports on a reduction in anti-social behaviour and crime in the local area.


    There is a risk that young people will not engage with the project.
    We have dealt with this by conducting consultation with young people to ensure we have listened to their ideas, needs and interests.
    We will carry out outreach work to meet with young people to encourage them to join the project. We will ensure that the project activities remain appropriate and relevant to the young people's needs, ideas and interests.


    Funders of this project will receive a 6 monthly report that details project progression, successes, outcomes and upcoming activities. We will also provide information on any changes and project spend. This report will be sent via email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £52,736

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,745 Staff costs 2 lead Youth Development Workers delivering 18 hours per week for 52 weeks.
      £2,694 Travel and subsisdence Travel costs for staff, trips and residentials. Refreshements for activities and residentials
      £6,020 Venue, activities and resource Hire of community facilities, sports facilities and equipment
      £14,277 Overheads Project management and administration, publicity, IT, office costs, finance
  • Background


    Despite its affluent appearance, Cambridge City has some of the poorest areas in the UK, particularly in the North of the City. Young people growing up in poverty here are less likely to achieve at school than almost anywhere in the country and are 3 times more likely to be NEET. All the young people are at risk of or are already involved in anti-social behaviour, crime and drug and alcohol misuse; they are also at risk of becoming teenage parents.


    Over 100 disadvantaged young people living in the North of Cambridge City will have real opportunities to take part in positive activities that help to increase their confidence and skills that will enable them to make a positive progression into adult life.
    The wider community will benefit from a reduction in anti-social behaviour and crime as well as reduced pressure on local services including the police and social care and sheltered housing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Romsey Mill has been working with disadvantaged young people, children and families for over 30 years. We are experts in delivering positive activities, personal, practical, educational and emotional support to those who are facing tough times at home, at school and in the community. We have a long track record of developing innovative responses to the needs of the young people, children and families that we serve. We have strong partnerships with other organisations and specialised staff.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Matt Howell

    Matt is a Romsey Mill Youth Development Worker. He has been developing projects with disadvantaged young people in the North of Cambridge for 3 years.

    Jon Sanders

    Jon is a Romsey Mill Youth Development Worker. He has been supporting disadvantaged young people for over 5 years. He is key to developing activities.

    Mike Farrington

    Mike will manage the project. He has extensive experience of delivering projects with disadvantaged young people. He is a qualified teacher.

I started smoking, drinking and committing robberies. Romsey Mill got involved and never gave up on me.

Young person