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Project information

Explore Leadership Project

This project supports young people to develop leadership[ and project management skills that they can use to recruit and lead a team of their peers in addressing local issues and supporting local community groups.

4 months

Charity information: FOCUS

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  • Need


    Many young people, and especially those from more deprived communities, struggle to demonstrate to future employers of further education providers that they have the relevant skills, experience, self-confidence and motivation to gain employment or continue in education.

    If they are unable to successfully make the transition to employment or education, they face the prospect of becoming dependent upon state benefits, further entrenching their lack of confidence, aspiration and motivation.


    Our project provides young people with a powerful and often life changing experience in which they are supported, during a residential event, to develop leadership and project management skills through engaging and fun activities and challenges. They use

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support young people to develop leadership and project management skills


    » We will run a week-long residential training course for young people focussing on skills including negotiation, action planning, and motivating others

    What success will look like

    Young people will complete pre and post training evaluation to assess the extent to which they have developed new skills. The results will be collated in an end of project report

    Aim 2

    To support young people to recruit a team of their peers to run their own community project


    » We will provide the 'young leaders' with practical support through volunteer mentors, workshop sessions, a handbook of advice and a small budget

    What success will look like

    We will monitor how the community projects progress and ask the community groups benefiting from them to assess the impact on their beneficiaries.

    Aim 3

    To celebrate and acknowledge young people's achievements during the project.


    » We will plan and run a celebration event to which parents, referral organisations, community groups and other guests will be invited.

    What success will look like

    Certificates will be presented, photographs and details of the young people's experiences will be shared with guests and results of evaluation will be shared in a project report

  • Impact


    The young people taking part will develop key transferable skills, which will help to increase their self-confidence, raise their aspirations for what they can achieve and increase their chances of gaining future employment or engaging in further education.

    These changes will be measured firstly by requesting feedback from teachers or other referral organisations, by asking the young people to assess their own experience and by maintaining contact with all young people beyond the project.


    We carefully vet all staff and volunteers using DBS checks and taking references to ensure that they do not pose a risk to young people's welfare.

    The training residential is run at a registered activity centre, to ensure that the young people are safe during activities.

    On a quarterly basis our board of trustees review and approve our 'Risk Register', ensuring any organisational, financial, legal or other risks are monitored and action taken to minimise them.


    We will produce an end of project report, which will be available to download on our website. We also produce a regular newsletter, which will be sent to all donors, highlighting recent activity and providing links to reports and other news.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,949

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,500 Training Residential Week-long residential, including site hire, food, equipment, activities, transport, volunteer costs
      £15,832 Project Manager 6 months of salary, NI, pension, travel and training
      £1,850 Projects & Celebration Event Budgets for each young leader's community project, mentor expenses and costs of celebration evening
      £3,767 Admin and Overheads Office costs, staff supervision, insurance, etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Michael Bishop Foundation £13,200 Conditional
    Henry Smith Charity £5,000 Guaranteed
    Lloyds Bank Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We will run the project from our office in Leicester city centre, with the training residential taking place at a registered activity centre in Staffordshire and the community projects run in the young people's local communities.


    The project will initially recruit 12 - 15 young people, who will in turn recruit a further 60 - 100 other young people.

    All the young people will come from some of the more deprived communities of Leicester, including Highfields, St Matthews and New Parks. These areas are all highlighted in the city's child poverty strategy as having very high need.

    Leicester is ranked as the 22nd most deprived area of the country, with estates, such as St Matthews, ranked as the most deprived in England.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FOCUS is widely regarded as the leading youth volunteering organisation in Leicester. We have supported over 18,000 young people through our projects since 1988. We advise the Children's Trust Board and Child Poverty Team on voluntary sector issues and regularly give presentations to forums involving funding bodies, education providers and other VCS groups.

    This project has been running for 4 years and is regularly over-subscribed. We receive requests from teachers and parents for places.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joe Roughton

    Project Manager. Joe oversees the project, recruiting young people and volunteers and developing the training, activities and support methods.

I was on a downward spiral, hanging out with the wrong people. I met some guys at Focus who said “volunteering can change your life”… it actually has.