Project information

Amber Youth Development Programme

Transform the lives of unemployed, homeless, marginalised young people with a residential programme that is not time bound and gives them a real chance to leave their past behind them and gain motivation, confidence and skills to lead fulfilling, independent lives and be valued members of society

It is ongoing

Charity information: Amber Foundation

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  • Need

    Need

    Long term unemployment and its compounding social problems for young people aged 18 to 30, and society at large - homelessness, substance misuse, criminal activity, re-offending, family and relationship breakdowns, anti-social behaviour, disaffection.

    Solution

    With a comprehensive residential programme that gives young people the time, space and support to overcome personal barriers and equipping them with the social, emotional, educational and practical tools to lead fulfilling, independent lives. Becoming their temporary home where they can live a normal life which most of them have never done before – getting up, cooking and cleaning, doing projects, team working, goal setting, making friends and having fun.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    reduce the cycle of re-offending among ex-offenders


    Activities

    » positive confidence building experiences to show they can have fun, make friends, learn and be proud without the need of drink, drugs or crime

    Success will be by our statistics. Our offending rate is 9% and around 64% do not offend after Amber. This could be higher but we have lost contact with some people.


    Aim 2

    reduce homelessness

    Activities

    » a 10-module package on how to maintain a tenancy that is accredited by Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA).
    » life skills, team work, responsibility, mutual support so they learn to live and work successfully with others
    » Identify dreams and desires, set goals and work to achieve them so they can focus on a positive future and total belief they can and will achieve
    » positive confidence building experiences to show they can have fun, make friends, learn and be proud without the need of drink, drugs or crime

    Success will be by our statistics. Around 80% every year leave to sustainable accommodation.


    Aim 3

    reduce the damage caused by substance misuse

    Activities

    » positive confidence building experiences to show they can have fun, make friends, learn and be proud without the need of drink, drugs or crime
    » An alcohol and drug free environment with supervised testing, counselling services and relapse prevention.
    » In-depth needs assessment with an individually tailored action plan and regular progress reports
    » Removal from negative peer groups and influences, allowing individuals to break from negative cycles

    By our statistics. Of 172 leavers in 2011, 40% left to work, 13% to college, 22% achieved major personal goal that includes staying clean from substance misus


    Aim 4

    remove the barriers to long term unemployment

    Activities

    » interview skills, how to write a CV, how to look and apply for jobs and work experience with local companies
    » qualifications in literacy and numeracy
    » Engaging in a practical and stimulating way that encourages learning and improves basic skills so drastically increasing the chance of getting a job
    » Identify dreams and desires, set goals and work to achieve them so they can focus on a positive future and total belief they can and will achieve.

    By our statistics.Of 172 leavers in 2011, 40% left to work, 13% to college, 22% achieved major personal goal and left employable finding a job at a later date


    Aim 5

    create and re-build lasting relationships

    Activities

    » positive confidence building experiences to show they can have fun, make friends, learn and be proud without the need of drink, drugs or crime
    » Teamwork
    » 24-hour support and counselling
    » Presentation days recognising achievements and inviting friends and families along

    By the number of young people who are re-united with family. By the increased communication skills


  • Impact

    Impact

    Marginalised, chaotic young people will have hope and a future to look forward to and will be valued members of society. We will demonstrate success by our statistics and the achievements of the young people.

    Risk

    Lack of funding.
    We are establishing a varied funding stream that includes the development of a training arm to Amber. Within this we are selling our Practical Housing Units that are being sold to other organisations working with similar clients groups. We have also developed training modules on alcohol awareness that affect our client group, with funding from Comic Relief

    Reporting

    By sending reports and case studies, inviting them to visit us, sending our twice yearly newsletters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £408 resident costs including food, team costs etc
      £1,743 staff costs salaries
      £1,849 overheads including property costs
  • Background

    Location

    Wiltshire, Devon and Surrey

    Beneficiaries

    Unemployed, homeless, socially excluded people aged 17 to 30 referred by prisons, probations, social services, hostels, drug agencies, and some self referrals, from around the UK

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    16 years experience and high success rate. Since 1995 over 1,280 young people have left as successes, a cumulative success rate of 70%. For the last seven years it’s exceeded 76%. In 2011 the success rate was 76% representing 69 leaving Amber into work, 23 into college and 38 achieving a major personal goal such as being re-united with their family and leaving Amber employable having come to Amber unemployable. All left into sustainable accommodation.

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    People

    All Staff

    Varied roles including Team Leaders and managers

Two years homeless, unemployed and addicted to drugs, three years in prison. I was a wreck, convinced society had given up on me – till Amber.

Paul