Project information

Black Country Outreach Project

To support 1500 hard to reach parents of children with high learning potential in the Black Country through an outreach programme of workshops and family learning opportunities to enable them to grow in confidence and support their bright child to achieve their potential

September 2010 - August 2011

Charity information: National Association for Gifted Children

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  • Need

    Need

    Children with high learning potential from disadvantaged backgrounds can struggle. Many are bullied at school, hide their intelligence because it is not 'cool to be clever', underachieve and can have social and emotional issues ranging from poor behaviour in the classroom to mental health problems;boredom to lack of friends. Many parents do not have the skills or confidence to support their child and this project seeks to address these issues and to help prevent them in the first place.

    Solution

    We want to appoint an outreach worker who will:
    * Work with parents of pre school children to give them confidence in how to support a bright child
    * Set up Family Learning opportunities to give parents confidence in learning
    * Set up 4 informal Family Network Groups to support parents with activities
    * Set up a monthly Branch meeting with activities for parents and children
    * Give talks to parents and carers in a variety of different settings abotu supporting the potential of their child

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the skills and confidence of parents and carers from disadvantaged communities

    Activities

    » To run monthly workshops and activity sessions for parents with pre school children to help them support their child's potential
    » To run monthly workshops for parents with primary school children to improve their skills and confidence in supporting their child's potential
    » To run monthly workshops for parents with teenagers to improve their skills and confidence in supporting their child's potential

    Success will be...
    Running 40 workshops for more than 800 parents/carers in a variety of different settings


    Aim 2

    To run a programme of family learning opportunities which stretch and challenge bright children

    Activities

    » To run a monthly family learning opportunity for pre school children with high learning potential
    » To set up and run a monthly Branch meeting in the Black Country with activities for children and workshops for parents and carers
    » To set up and run 4 Family Network Groups of parents for them to take part in a range of exciting activities with their children

    Success will be...
    Running 30 family learning opportunities for families from disadvantaged backgrounds to help support parents/carers and children


    Aim 3

    To raise awareness of the need to support children with high learning potential

    Activities

    » To run half day workshops for children, parents and carers in a variety of different settings in the local area eg charities, care homes, doctors etc
    » To run workshops for professionals who work with disadvantaged children to raise awareness of high learning potential eg health visitors, doctors etc

    Success will be...
    Supporting 500 professionals who work with families from disadvantaged communities to help them identify and work with bright children


  • Impact

    Impact

    1. Increased confidence amongst parent/carers
    2. Improvements in achievement levels for these children
    3. Improvements in behaviour levels at school and home
    4. Reductions in issues such as bullying, mental health problems etc
    5. Greater awareness of the needs of children with high learning potential and how to support them

    Risk

    1. Lack of support from local community. To mitigate this we will work within the local community and encourage local involvement in the project
    2. Difficulties in engaging with parents from disadvantaged communities.We will mitigate this through investing in the community through our outreach programme
    3. Misunderstanding of high learning potential and the support we offer to professionals. We will help to reduce this through our education and awareness raising programme

    Reporting

    Funders will receive a monthly email report outlining progress on the project and the success stories so far. We will also report to funders in our Annual Report once a year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Parent workshops 40 workshops for parents and carers
      £8,000 Famly learning events 30 family learning events
      £12,000 Professionals workshops 25 awareness raising sessions for professionals
      £4,000 Branch meetings 10 monthly Branch meetings
  • Background

    Location

    The Black Country is an area of the West Midlands which has severe pockets of deprivation with high unemployment, a high ethnic minority population and low levels of skill. It was recently chosen as one of the Government's City Challenge areas to try and raise achievement levels amongst young people aged 14+.

    Beneficiaries

    The targets for this project are:
    * children and young people with high learning potential who come from disadvantaged communities
    * parents and carers from disadvantaged communities
    * professionals working with families in disadvantaged communities

    The National Association for Gifted Children would work within the most disadvantaged of these communities within the four boroughs which make up the Black Country to increase the skills and confidence levels of families and run activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The National Association for Gifted Children is the only organisation that works with parents and carers to support the social, emotional and learning needs of children with high learning potential.
    We have been running successful family activities around the country for forty three years.
    Last year we worked on a project in the Black Country to support parents and carers with teenagers with high learning potential. This taught us a lot about the area and how it works.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Liza Jackson

    Black Country parent outreach manager . Her role is to run the workshops and activity sessions, to recruit volunteers and raise awareness of hlp.