Project information

Boys Noise

Boys are falling behind in schools and that can impact on learning and life chances. Removing blockages to learning can be difficult for busy teachers. Our work gives boys the life skills they need.

Ongoing

Charity information: CRiBS Charitable Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    There are a range of problems that face the primary school boys we help. This can include lack of male role models, difficult home lives, family bereavement or breakdown, absence of family members (perhaps due to imprisonment) and special needs. These children need further support which often teachers do not have the time or skills to tackle alongside their heavy workloads.

    Solution

    Boys Noise provides a space to talk through problems and a toolkit to solve them through a small group intervention called HeartSense. This happens during the school day. After school we have a club where boys can let off steam playing team games, learn to play African drums and enjoy other activities. This provides a place to belong and learn how to interact positively with peers, staff and volunteers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Outcome: Increased Personal Dev't Indicator: 65% improvement in eg handling negative scenarios


    Activities

    » HeartSense small group activities allow space to talk about handling negative situations through play, painting and more.
    » After-school clubs help children to put what they have learnt to the test.

    What success will look like

    Surveys with children, parents, teaching staff and our staff provide a rounded measure of progress for each outcome. This provides the statistics. Case studies flesh this out.


    Aim 2

    Outcome: Improved Social Skills
    Indicator: 65% Improved respect and listening.


    Activities

    » HeartSense looks at areas where social skills need improving, perhaps at school and home and provides tailored support.
    » After-school clubs are a place to belong and get involved positively.

    What success will look like

    Surveys with children, parents, teaching staff and our staff provide a rounded measure of progress for each outcome. This provides the statistics. Case studies flesh this out.


    Aim 3

    Outcome: Improved Emotional Skills
    Indicator: A 65% improvement in wellbeing, resilience etc.


    Activities

    » HeartSense allows space to unpick past hurts and look to future strategies to cope.
    » After-school clubs include team games where children will learn to win or loose well and opportunities to stretch themselves and learn new skills.

    What success will look like

    Surveys with children, parents, teaching staff and our staff provide a rounded measure of progress for each outcome. This provides the statistics. Case studies flesh this out.


    Aim 4

    Long term Outcome: Improved Behaviour
    Indicator: 30% improvement during the programme.


    Activities

    » Heart Sense and Afterschool clubs feed into this longer term outcome, which provides the tools & experience, for boys to use on an ongoing basis.

    What success will look like

    Surveys with children, parents, teaching staff and our staff provide a rounded measure of progress for each outcome. This provides the statistics. Case studies flesh this out.


    Aim 5

    Long term outcome: Improved Academic Results Indicator: Majority of case studies demonstrate this


    Activities

    » The activities mentioned feed into this.

    What success will look like

    It will take time for the benefits of the above outcomes to impact on academic results. Case studies of schools will seek to measure improvements in academic ability.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Boys will have the skills they need for life which will help them in the classroom, in academic learning, in home life and therefore in their future life chances. Studies show the link between providing such life skills and future life chances. Where possible we keep notes of feedback from former attendees, their parents and teachers.

    Risk

    School budget squeeze. We subsidise the cost of Boys Noise to schools through fundraising and for some time it has been oversubscribed. More recently schools who are desperate for Boys Noise have found it difficult to find funds. We have therefore been flexible in providing smaller versions or teaming up with the girl's project. We continue to seek out funds.

    Staff and volunteers have the necessary child protection checks and follow our Child Protection policy. Training is given regularly.

    Reporting

    We are happy to discuss reporting requirements with donors. In the past we have shared statistics from our surveys, case studies, photos, videos and even had a visit to a club.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £90,827

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      Amount Heading Description
      £69,534 Project Staff Staff who directly work on the project
      £16,621 Support Staff proportion of volunteer co-ordinator
      £4,672 Support costs HeartSense resource booklets, insurance, proportion of IT costs etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Fees from schools £58,500 Conditional
    Regular gifts £4,802 Conditional
    Restricted Donations £10,000 Guaranteed
    Restricted Donations £5,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    CRiBS works primarily in the London Borough of Bexley. The borough is mixed as people. Further towards inner London there are areas of higher deprivation compared to the areas that border Kent. Our Boys Noise work helps schools across the borough, but in each case there will be children with needs that need support (see below).

    Beneficiaries

    Boys. Primary aged boys with a range of issues from lack of male role models (due to family breakdown/imprisonment/suicide etc), special needs, difficult home lives, bullying and more. Benefits will be short and long-term.

    Classes. As boys are more able to interact and learn whole classes will benefit from a calmer, supportive backdrop.

    Families and Society. Helping boys to be well-rounded individuals who take responsibility and mature well impacts on things like giving to society, crime etc

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    2018 is CRiBS' 25th anniversary. We have been helping to foster the whole person in local schools for all this time. Staff are local people with a range of expertise who spend the time with young people that others may not. Volunteers enhance our work from the 'grandfather/father' figures to our younger volunteers who are more like 'older siblings'. Schools trust us and have seen the benefits of our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mark Leveson

    Mark is the CEO and has been in local community leadership roles for over 20 years.

    Boys Noise And B:You Team Leader

    Oversees Boys Noise and the sister project, b:You and works hands on alongside the other leaders.

    2 Boys Noise Leaders

    Lead HeartSense and Afterschool clubs, gather monitoring data and share the data with schools.

    Volunteers

    We normally have 4 gap year students who bring a vibrancy to the work. We also have older local volunteers who are fundraising and doing club/HSense.

£1836

Pays for our Volunteer/Administrator so that we have volunteers who can listen and support

‘I like being at Boys Noise because it's made me stop lashing out’

Boy