Project information

YMCA Positive Placements

YMCA Positive Placements supports disadvantaged young people aged 16–25 to set and achieve their goals around education, employment or training.

We achieve this by connecting young people with mentors in their local communities, providing the support necessary for them to overcome their barriers.

1 year

Charity information: YMCA DownsLink Group

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  • Need

    Need

    The young people we work with are amongst the most vulnerable in the country. They have often experienced trauma, neglect or abuse and as a result, face multiple barriers to successful social inclusion. These include poverty, substance misuse and other risk-taking behaviours, family breakdown, engagement in offending behaviours and entrance into the criminal justice system, mental and physical health issues, poor communication skills and a lack of qualifications, training or education.

    Solution

    Positive Placements offers one to one support tailored to each person's needs.

    The work we do not only enables young people to build confidence, recognise their potential, gain experience and develop both social and work-related skills, but also transforms communities by giving young people an understanding of their role within them.

    We help to greatly reduce the barriers to employment, education and training and give young people a future to look forward to.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Supporting young people into education, employment or training.

    Activities

    » Matching young people with mentors in their local communities, providing the support necessary for them to overcome their barriers.
    » Establishing strong partnerships with local employers and training organisations, widening the opportunities available to young people.

    Success will be increased numbers of young people being supported to realise their goals and take steps towards achieving them (outcomes are captured by the PP Coordinators).


    Aim 2

    Reducing the barriers between young people and getting into education, employment or training.

    Activities

    » Supporting young people to identify their barriers and working with them to overcome them step by step.
    » Establishing strong partnerships with local employers and training organisations, widening the opportunities available to young people.

    Success will be reduced barriers to young people getting into education, employment or training (outcomes are captured by the Positive Placements Coordinator).


    Aim 3

    Building strong links and partnerships within the local community.

    Activities

    » Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers from the local community, bringing in and sharing their vast array of skills and experience.
    » Supporting local employers to help them deliver work experience, volunteering placements and apprenticeships to increase suitable opportunities.

    Success will be increased links between the YMCA DownsLink Group and the local community (outcomes are captured by the Positive Placements Coordinator).


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will increase the number of young people being supported into education, employment or training; 100 over the course of a year across all areas. Success will be 75% engaging positively with the project, giving them a future to look forward to.

    Long term, there are also benefits to the local economy, including young people coming off benefits as they move into employment, improving their mental health, leading to less strain on the NHS and a reduction in anti-social behaviour.

    Risk

    1. Rural location. The project has to be visible and well known for referrals. We will overcome this by attending all local networking meetings so we are seen and heard.

    2. Lack of capacity within services to meet young people (and their families') mental health needs. Mentors can provide some support, and we are able to signpost where possible.

    3. Competition for first-time jobs in busy student cities. Overcome by working directly with local businesses to offer opportunities.

    Reporting

    We will report to funders by:

    - Providing regular updates via email and social media.

    - Sharing more details of successes via case studies.

    - Producing end of year reports from each project, including more detailed data and statistics.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Staff costs Includes staff wages, NI and pension contributions, staff training and welfare
      £3,000 Volunteer costs Includes DBS checks, volunteer training, basic mobile phones, travel and mentor meeting expenses
      £1,200 Operational costs Project costs for young people, including activities, travel, interview clothing, course costs
      £800 Core costs To cover Finance, Management, HR etc
  • Background

    Location

    YMCA DownsLink Group is a charity and registered housing provider working across Surrey and Sussex, which has been serving the local community since 1919. Each year we support over 10,000 children, young people and families from our offices in Guildford, Crawley, Brighton and Hove, Horsham and Worthing.

    Beneficiaries

    The young people we house are amongst the most chaotic and vulnerable in the county. They have often experienced trauma, neglect or abuse and as a result, face multiple barriers to successful social inclusion. These include poverty, substance misuse and other risk-taking behaviours, family breakdown, engagement in offending behaviours and entrance into the criminal justice system, mental and physical health issues, poor communication skills and a lack of qualifications, training or education.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    YMCA DLG has nearly 100 years experience in serving the local community. YMCA Positive Placements has been running since 2014 in five different areas, and we have a proven track record of success.

    The work we do not only enables young people to build confidence, recognise potential, gain experience and develop both social and work-related skills, but also transforms communities by giving young people an understanding of their role within them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Tracey Wilkes

    Welfare and Engagement Manager