Project information

Get Set Connect

Combating loneliness and social exclusion in young people through fun clubs including singing, drama, self-expression, soft-skills training enhancing social opportunities, Volunteering locally giving them the opportunity to contribute despite their disadvantages, project culmination in midweek break

1 year

Charity information: Get Set Girls

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  • Need

    Need

    A major issue our beneficiaries struggle with is loneliness and social exclusion. This is because they hesitate to access social opportunities due to the low self-esteem, confidence, motivation and empowerment they suffer from as a result of their social and economic disadvantages such as coming from BME communities and low-income families.

    Solution

    Based on past projects' evaluation, feedback from participants and their parents, and focus groups with participants we have identified that the most effective way of combating this problem is by running a project that presents a multi-faceted approach to targeting exclusion. This will ensure we are able to target the actual social exclusion including its causes and effects, which are often the same and cause a vicious cycle.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved social inclusion for disadvantaged young people.


    Activities

    » Fun Clubs having fun with friends with dancing, singing, drama and self-expression.
    » Soft skills training enabling them to make the most of social opportunities and break out of their isolation.
    » Training and volunteering within the community enabling them to contribute despite disadvantages and experience benefits of connecting through giving
    » 3 night countryside Midweek break where activities are designed to increase social opportunities, combat isolation, and empower them socially for life

    What success will look like

    Participants will have more friends and will be more involved in social opportunities. They will also take initiative to get together with friends for social recreation.


    Aim 2

    Improved mental health and emotional wellbeing and resilience for disadvantaged young people.


    Activities

    » Fun Clubs having fun with friends with dancing, singing, drama and self-expression.
    » Soft skills training enabling them to make the most of social opportunities and break out of their isolation.
    » Training and volunteering within the community enabling them to contribute despite disadvantages and experience benefits of connecting through giving
    » 3 night countryside Midweek break where activities are designed to increase social opportunities, combat isolation, and empower them socially for life

    What success will look like

    Participants will be happier, show improved ability to handle adversity, will have improved self image and have reduced frequency of depression.


    Aim 3

    Increased confidence, self-esteem, and motivation for disadvantaged young people.


    Activities

    » Fun Clubs having fun with friends with dancing, singing, drama and self-expression.
    » Soft skills training enabling them to make the most of social opportunities and break out of their isolation.
    » Training and volunteering within the community enabling them to contribute despite disadvantages and experience benefits of connecting through giving
    » 3 night countryside Midweek break where activities are designed to increase social opportunities, combat isolation, and empower them socially for life

    What success will look like

    Participants will indicate increased motivation to participate in educational courses to improve futures, will report having improved self-image, will be confident to state needs.


    Aim 4

    Increased empowerment to access leisure, training and employment opportunities for young people.


    Activities

    » Fun Clubs having fun with friends with dancing, singing, drama and self-expression.
    » Soft skills training enabling them to make the most of social opportunities and break out of their isolation.
    » Training and volunteering within the community enabling them to contribute despite disadvantages and experience benefits of connecting through giving
    » 3 night countryside Midweek break where activities are designed to increase social opportunities, combat isolation, and empower them socially for life

    What success will look like

    Participants will actually take steps to realize their aspirations such as enrolling in training opportunities, accessing more social opportunities, and accessing employment.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will improve the futures of disadvantaged young people through improving their mental and emotional health, combating their social exclusion, and empowering to make the most of leisure, training and employment opportunities, thus improving their financial, social and personal lives. We will demonstrate this by keeping in touch with project beneficiaries through surveys and questionnaires. Success will be 85% of beneficiaries being employed, 95% being happy, and socially included.

    Risk

    Delay to staff - we will hold a substitute staff list.
    Harm to child in our care - all staff are required to familiarize themselves with our Child Protection policy and follow at all times.
    Lack of motivation among participants - Projects are designed together with participants to ensure motivation. We will embed incentives within proposed activities to encourage participation.
    Lack of availability of venue - confirm venue hire well in advance.

    Reporting

    We will draw up a detailed project report which will be made available to all donors upon request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,449

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,556 Tutor and instructor salries Salaries for tutors and club instructors
      £625 Volunteer expenses £25 x 25 volunteers
      £6,630 Venue hire & Overheads Venue hire - £150 x 39 weeks. Overheads 20 x 39 weeks
      £4,313 Project Materials Learning materials, refreshments, meal and snack ingredients and paperware for midweek break.
      £3,500 Venue hire Venue hire for midweek break
      £1,000 Travel Coach hire to midweek break
      £2,700 Support Staff costs Project Manager, support mentors and staff, staff induction
      £125 Marketing and publicity Staff and participants recruitment
  • Background

    Location

    We are based in Hackney, which The English Indices of Deprivation 2015 Statistical Release ranks as the 13th most deprived with 23.4% of income deprived households, and as the 10th local authority with income deprivation affecting children, with 32.2% of children living in income deprived households. Benefit claimants in Hackney are given by the local council as 12.6% in Hackney versus the 9.6% in London.

    Beneficiaries

    Our beneficiaries are aged 16-18 from low income families and BME communities. As a result of their disadvantaged backgrounds they suffer from low self-esteem, confidence and motivation, and lack opportunities to access training, leisure and employment opportunities. They are therefore socially excluded and lack the empowerment and aspirations to enable them to break out of their financial and social disadvantages and access improved futures.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    we have a 95% success rate in supporting young people into employment and similar high success rates with achieving additional outcomes improving their quality of life. We attribute our high success rate to the fact that we are a local organisation with trustees and staff from within the community, and are therefore intimately familiar with our beneficiaries needs and all their nuances. We are experienced in managing large grants as well as having excellent management systems in place.

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    People

    Mrs Salamon

    Project Manager with 14 years experience running large projects, managing their budgets effectively, and achieving high-impact outcomes.