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Project information

Respect Project

The Respect Project is an early intervention personal development program for disadvantaged young people who are disengaged in school, to help them develop resilience
and coping skills to improve their life chances and reengage them with their education.

4 months

Charity information: Essex Boys and Girls Clubs

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs logo
  • Need


    Young people who are disengaged from their education due to disadvantage (including poverty, neglect, chaotic home lives, personal or family illness, bullying, change in circumstance affecting mental health, disability, etc) are at risk of limited life chances, with increased risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training), and high potential of risky behaviour including substance abuse, crime, sexually dangerous behaviour, teen pregnancy and homelessness.


    The project breaks barriers to learning, increasing resilience by teaching techniques for coping with life. Fun and
    challenging activities are linked with guided reflection to focus young people on developing personal responsibility,
    understanding what makes healthy personal relationships, and encouraging respect for self and others including
    authority figures. The aim is to reengage the young people with their own education and get them back on track.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase Resilience


    » Outdoor Activity Days with Social Mixing between multiple schools.
    » An 8 session evening Lifeskills Course in the Community - teaching a variety of skills and raising awareness.
    » A week-long Outdoor Adventure Residential in the mountains (Lakes District or Brecon Beacons).
    » A Presentation Evening and Debriefing

    What success will look like

    Presentation Evening and Debriefing with Participants, Teachers and Parents to collect impact reports.

  • Impact


    The project will have a long term impact on the participants and their belief their own skills to get through life. We will demonstrate the success of the project by keeping in touch with the schools to monitor the achievements of the students over the next years and wherever possible maintaining contact with the participants. Success is defined as participants reporting changes in their own attitudes, activities and results. We have seen this reported as many as 10 years after the project.


    Young people dropping out - transport and basic food provided to remove access issues and incentivise attendance.

    Schools dropping out - 3 schools engaged. Appropriate and flexible engagement process developed over 17 years of experience with schools.

    Venue unavailable - extensive database of community venues and local contacts developed over 17 years.

    Volunteers unavailable - we have developed a large pool of reliable volunteers can be called on.


    Donors will be invited to the Presentation Evening where they will meet the participants and hear their speeches and also written to with a full report of the progress of participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,155

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,945 Staff Staff to deliver program
      £3,765 Accommodation Venue hire and residential and sustenance
      £4,100 Transport Minibus and petrol costs
      £2,345 Admin Materials, equipment, accreditation fees, paperwork, certificates
  • Background


    The project will be delivered in the Thurrock area, a unitary authority in the county of Essex. We will work with three schools, each with a high proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Thurrock area has pockets of significant deprivation, with high numbers of students living in poverty and receiving Free School Meals. These are scattered among affluent areas of London commuters, creating daytime ghost towns with little community spirit and high unemployment and crime.


    45 x 13-14 year olds in school but who are disengaged and struggling, with poor prospects for the future. They will often have difficult or fragmented home lives and be in need of structure and support to help them achieve. They will be troublesome and disengaged at school and more likely to fall into criminal or unsocial activity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Essex Boys and Girls Clubs has a 17 year history of delivering the Respect Project in partnership with local police, schools, community groups and youth groups. The charity has a 76 year history of working in the county and has developed a strong network of supportive partners. By working closely with our network of member youth clubs and their volunteers, the charity stays informed of local issues.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Solder