Project information

Tiverton Market Drop-In Centre

Information and Support service for young people aged 11 -19 years. We offer daily high level of support in an informal way, building up long term relationships with 'hard to reach' disengaged young people. We aim to make a lifetime difference to these young people.

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Charity information: The Tiverton Market Centre Co Ltd

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  • Need


    Most of our young people have come from broken homes and have multiple issues. Many struggle with mainstream education because of ADHD, dyslexia etc. Many are in trouble with the police and some are homeless. The vast majority have drug and alcohol issues, particularly alcohol. We have seen an increase in mental health issues. These young people are vulnerable and need intense support as a lot of them do not attend school, college or have dropped out of the system.


    The objectives are met by:
    1. the daily "Drop-in" sessions when we see the majority of our young people. Working to 'The Every Child Matters Framework' ,Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a positive Contribution, Achieve Economic Well-Being. The young people respond well to this approach!
    2. complementary work with other services, including “Connexions”, housing advice,Counselling, drug and alcohol advice and sexual health service

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve personal aspirations, achievement and independence


    » Offering advice which enables them develop life skills, to achieve greater personal independence and confidence and to aspire to a better life.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...seeing young people achieve thier full potential and be confident in all areas of their life.

    Aim 2

    To reduce isolation for young people


    » Providing a range of social support options which it can adapt to target the more vulnerable young person

    What success will look like

    Success will be...seeing young people involved in their community and engaged with thier peers.

    Aim 3

    To improve family relationships


    » We provide support for young people & their parents through parenting support, skills development for young people & help in managing relationships

    What success will look like

    Success will be...families engaged in a full and supportive way

    Aim 4

    To reduce anti-social behaviour and criminal activity


    » Provide diversionary activities, and to offer developmental support, enabling young people to confront and reflect on the impact of their behaviour

    What success will look like

    Success will be...not getting in trouble with the police and not to re-offend

    Aim 5

    To improve employability


    » Achieved by developing motivation, building confidence, adding the development of social skills to a young person’s sense of individual achievement

    What success will look like

    Success will be...getting paid employment

  • Impact


    We want to see young people achieving their full potential and being involved in their communities. Maintaining them in full-time education and then securing paid employment. We want them to realise 'the world is thier oyster'. We believe in the saying ' Give a man a fish, feed him for the day - teach a man to fish, feed him for life! We want to see a life time difference for these young people.


    Our funding is the only risk to this project but we have built up a good relationship with funders and will continue to do so. We have been running successfully for the last 15 years - so we must be doing something right!


    We always keep in regular contact with all of our supporters, Trusts and individuals

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £130,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £73,000 Salaries & wages 2 full time & 3 part time
      £28,000 Counselling 2 days + 2 mornings
      £17,500 Careers advice Connexions type worker
      £11,500 Other costs Centre running costs & admin

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Tudor Trust £15,000 Guaranteed
    Private benefactor £10,077 Guaranteed
    Heathcoat Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    Volant Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    Lloyds TSB Foundation £6,000 Guaranteed
    Blundells School £5,000 Guaranteed
    Comic Relief £4,250 Guaranteed
    Viscount Amory Charitable Trust £4,000 Guaranteed
    Souter Charitable Trust £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Tiverton, Mid Devon

    •The population of the Tiverton Devon Town area for 2009 is 38331
    •In the last 10 years, the population has grown by 11.87%


    Young people are the main beneficiaries.

    You might like to know that since opening in Oct 1995 we have helped:-
    • over 6,000 young people stay or re-engage in education
    • over 585 young people to find employment
    • over 1,500 young homeless people find accommodation/or mediation to remain in the family home

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are based in the town centre and we have been working with the community for the last 15 years ! We are the ONLY service in the area to provide DAILY support to these vulnerable young people. There are other establishments in Devon which provide drop-in facilities or support and information but we are the only organisation providing both !

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane French - Chair

    Jane is a strong leader with a clear vision for the future. She always has the interests of the young people at heart ! She is a remarkable lady !

    Jenny Blake - Treasurer

    Jenny is FANTASTIC ! She works endlessly for the charity and I am sure she should be offered a knighthood ! She is one of the countries unsung hero's