Project information

Start to Glow

The children/young people that Start to Glow (StG) will support are isolated, vulnerable and struggling to establish their identity. Relationships with peers & those in authority are often negative. StG builds children's resilience & self esteem via mentoring, guidance and positive group activity

May 2017 - October 2017

Charity information

Southend-on-sea Young Mens Christian Association

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  • Need


    1 in 4 children in Southend live in poverty - in the main disadvantaged children underachieve compared to their peers detrimentally affecting their progress/life trajectories. DfE GCSE results show that in Southend disadvantaged pupils achieve lower results than the all England average and do not make as good progress (failing to sustain their progression to educational destinations at comparator levels). StG seeks to build the esteem and progress of vulnerable & disadvantaged children


    Start to Glow participants are vulnerable children (including young people in care & young homeless) who are at risk of failing to achieve their potential . Providing exciting , recreational alternatives (over 20 weeks) will build each young person's confidence and self esteem. StG comprises 1-2-1 mentoring & an exciting positive activity programme where young people learn transferable skills such as teamwork,leadership ,goal setting ,communication and healthy behaviours.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build the emotional resilience of children and young people participating in Start to Glow


    » Each child will receive 6 x 1-2-1 mentoring sessions supporting personal development : goal setting, developing new behaviours to overcome barriers
    » Children have a safe space to to discuss their fears & anxieties around bullying, crime, relationships, peer pressure etc & receive relevant guidance

    We will use the Outcome Star to assess the journey that participants have made - with an intake, midway and end point assessment completed by children/young people and staff

    Aim 2

    To improve the health and wellbeing of children/young people participating in Start to Glow


    » Children participate in an exciting 20 week activity based programme that leads to a sustained improvement in their health and wellbeing
    » Children make healthier dietary choices, as they are involved in collaborative cooking sessions which gives them new knowledge and skills
    » Children decrease risk taking behaviour as they attend workshops on personal safety, safe sex, alcohol/drugs & consider impact of poor choices

    In addition to aim 1 we will assess participants increased knowledge/skills via simple tests (quizzes) sessional evaluation, case studies and testimonials

  • Impact


    Increased physical activity, improved self esteem, enhanced aspirations and engagement in education or training, decrease in risk taking behaviour. Demonstrated via exit survey, testimonials from referral partners and follow up phone interview with participants and significant others such as foster carers/teacher six months after the project has completed.


    There is a risk that we would not achieve the levels of match - however Southend YMCA is the Mayor's Charity for 2016-17 - based on previous fundraising levels achieved by the Mayor it is likely we will meet our target.
    There is a risk that the project will not achieve positive outcomes for children/young people. Based on previous, comparable projects (monitoring & evaluation) we know the proposed model is effective at delivering change: combination of mentoring, positive activities,workshops.


    We will create an Impact Report which analyses how the project aims and objectives have been met. Including a summation of outcomes (distance travelled) , a theory of change, any wider impacts eg carers,schools, case studies, testimonials & media coverage. We are happy to host donor visits

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 overhead contribution to core costs
      £2,000 activity positive activities
      £7,000 staff direct delivery of project with volunteer support

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    ROSCA £3,000 Guaranteed
    Mayors charity Fund £2,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Southend-on-Sea has high areas of deprivation: in some wards 40% of children live in poverty (averaging 1 in 4 ) ; 9 areas fall in the top 10 % of deprivation in the country (IMD) & 11 in the top 20% . Lack of money limits opportunity/access to recreational/developmental activity.Young people’s voice and influence is at the heart of SYMCA’s work. In 2015 SYMCA conduct research with 4,000 young people their top concern= health and wellbeing and lack of money/accessible activities.


    Participants will live in the 10% /20% most deprived areas in the UK and/or be a child in need or in care, or young homeless .Children who experience poverty are more likely to have personal & social problems, an increased likelihood of being bullied and less communicative relationships
    The combination of caring 1-2-1 mentoring & active engagement in group activity will make a difference in addressing the disadvantages young people face building self esteem ,skills & sense of achievement

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SYMCA is best placed because of our proven, social impact. We are a specialist charity delivering safe and effective services for children/young people in need. We have many strengths and capabilities substantiated by quality standards/inspections: A creative,inclusive culture; a committed trained team; an integrated range of services based on research of need; upper quartile performance/outcomes for vulnerable groups;established strategic & operational partners, a can do ethos =value for money

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cllr.Judith McMahon -The Mayor Of Southend

    Sponsor - raising the profile,enlisting financial support for the Big Give/ Start to Glow project.

    Syrie Cox - CEO Southend YMCA

    Strategic and operational oversight and input to ensure the project is a success . working to produce monitoring and evaluation.

    Louise Duff - Chief Finance Officer Southend YMCA

    Financial oversight and input to ensure spend is restricted and accounted for

    Alex Milne - Southend YMCA Co-Ordinator

    Direct delivery of the project with children and young people supported by staff/volunteers. Liaison with key referral organisations/ carers etc.