myLife - Showfields
myLife is a character based course for young people at risk of school exclusion or offending. It is designed to build positive traits such as resilience and empathy.
TWYFC will be running this course with young people from the Showfields estate; one of the most deprived areas of the town.
September 2017 - July 2020
Charity information: Tunbridge Wells Youth For Christ
The young people that live in Showfields are at increased risk of school exclusion and criminal activity; in particular anti-social behaviour, theft and violence.
myLife is a national, OCR accredited course that has been developed and used effectively in communities across the UK with young people at risk of exclusion, and those already in the criminal justice system.
Through myLife, we want to see young people develop the character traits that will help them to make positive life choices.
By looking at character traits such as empathy, kindness, self-control, resilience, loyalty, humility, endurance and integrity, young people have an increased sense of self-confidence and improved wellbeing. This gives them the ability to recognise their skills and abilities, develop decision making skills and therefore make positive life choices.
myLife will help the young people to do this, all whilst building positive relationships with youth workers and other caring adults.
To see an increased sense of well-being amongst the young people.
Activities» myLife - developing skills and having new experiences that build confidence and improve wellbeing.
Self-reported outcomes eg. using the WEMWBS scale to see how young people report changes in their well-being and confidence.
To see a reduction in anti-social behaviour among the young people.
Activities» myLife - helping the young people to make positive life choices and choose not to engage in anti-social behaviour.
By working closely with the local Police services, we will see a reduction in the number of ASBO's issued in the area.
Too see a reduction in the number of young people being excluded from school.
Activities» myLife - helping the young people to make positive life choices and remain in mainstream education.
By working closely with the local schools, we will be able to gather information on changes in the young people's behaviour, see any improvements in attendance etc.
We believe that the entire community will be impacted by the project; not only will the young people who participate in myLife see changes through improved well-being, increased self esteem and making positive life choices, but we believe that the whole community will benefit from reduced anti-social behaviour and crime.
We work closely with the local community trusts, schools and other charities which enables us to measure the impact of the project.
The key risk that could impact the project negatively is the lack of young people engaging and wanting to take part. We have dealt with this risk by working closely with other agencies who are providing referrals, building relationships with young people through detached youth work, and finding the influential young people within the community who will act as project 'ambassadors.'
Both qualitative and quantitative data will be collected using WEMWBS scales to measure well-being as well as collecting quotes from young people, community members and other local stakeholders.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,000 Staff Costs Part time youth worker for 1 year £1,000 Fees and Accreditation myLife License fees and OCR accreditation costs £5,000 Premises Hire of local hall (charity rate) for 20 hrs per month £720 Community Chef Hiring the community chef to run a health eating module for the groups. £1,280 Admin & Equipment Includes all project materials (including ingredients for healthy eating module) and all admin fees.
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Southborough Lions £500 Guaranteed Tonbridge Baptist Church £500 Guaranteed
The Showfields estate in situated in the Broadwater ward; the 11th most deprived LSOA in West Kent. The Showfields community experience both economic and social poverty; high levels of unemployment, low education score, low sense of well-being and large numbers of children in living in social housing. (Kent Public Health, 2016.)
The young people taking part in the project will be the primary beneficiaries of the myLife project as they experience improved well-being, self esteem and confidence as well as gaining new skills and experiences. However myLife is a project that benefits the whole community as crime rates and anti-social behaviour decreases, school attendance increases and young people grow into good citizens that positively contribute to their local community.
TWYFC is best placed to carry out this work for a number of reasons; we have been working in the community for 7 years and have built great relationships with young people, parents and local stakeholders. We firmly believe in partnership working which is why we work so closely with the Number One Community Trust as well as local churches, housing associations, schools and community groups.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Lydia is the Center Director for TWYFC and oversees all our projects.
Chris has been working in the Showfields community both with children and young people and runs activities for the boys on the estate.
Abi has been working with some of the more challenging young people in the community on a 1-1 basis and runs our girls groups.