Project information

Confidence UK

Young people often struggle with the transition at the end of secondary education, confidence UK offers peer to peer mentoring, counselling and support to students with learning disabilities to try to ease this transition. Lead by young people, for young people, our youth workers are all under 21


Charity information: Sunshine Friends

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  • Need


    Our younger employees told us that they had a big problem with deciding "what next" when they were preparing to leave secondary school. If they found it hard, how much worse would it be for a young person with learning disabilities??


    Our youth workers will work with students, building a profile of their likes, hopes and dreams for the future and help them to find all the options that are open to them once school is over. Young people tend to relate more to people of the same age group so all of our youth workers will be under the age of 21

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To prevent young people entering NEET (not in employment, education or training)


    » Specially trained youth workers will start by working in schools with students

    Case studies and publications

  • Impact


    The project will bring positive outcomes for students we work with, enriching lives and helping to make informed decisions about their own future. All our work will be documented and published.


    We have teamed up with local councils, education authorities and police forces to ensure all risks are properly evaluated. All staff have undertaken full and enhanced DBS checks


    The project will be reported in our annual report and published by the local authorities in each area

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Training Costs To train our staff appropriately
      £32,500 Staff Costs Salaries, admin, support
  • Background


    The project is being piloted in South Wales, Wolverhampton and Bristol but with proven success we will expand to all of the UK


    All students that live in the target areas and later the whole of the UK

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sunshine Friends employs young people who have come to us via various government routes, we understand that they have faced difficulties and want to give something back.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Matthew Wilson

    Matthew is one of our youth liaison workers, he will work with students directly, supporting and giving advice and counselling where applicable