Project information

Discovery Days

To raise the aspirations of teenagers in South Devon through a range of vocational taster workshops providing constructive activities that are lacking for this age group and providing a positive alternative to ‘hanging out’ thereby reducing the risk of them engaging in anticsocial behaviour.

July 2011 - August 2013

Charity information

South Devon College Charitable Trust

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  • Need


    Torbay has two of the most deprived wards in the country and one of the highest factors of teenage pregnancy. There is a gap in constructive activities for this age group during holiday periods, so this project provides an affordable and relevant childcare option for teenagers with relevant experiences to better inform their educational and social choices that will impact their futures. The workshops promote inclusion for young people with disabilities.


    It will provide a stimulating choice of vocational taster workshops over the summer holiday helping to inform future career choice and to better prepare young people for healthy independent living developing skills such as cooking, animal care, hair and beauty care. It provides the chance to develop new friendships and integration across able and disabled people. Funding will enable everyone to access the workshops regardless of disadvantage.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To get teeangers off the street into a stimulating and safe environment doing something construcive.


    » Run a 4week programme of workshops accessible through a means tested basis so affordable for all. Involve community teams to identify priority goups.

    120 teenagers participating in the workshops p.a. and a correlated decrease in antisocial behaviour and a reduction in teenage pregnancy over the period of the project in Torbay.

    Aim 2

    To provide a life line for particularly isolated children during the holidays.


    » Work with chilrdren services to identify priority participants. Provide learning support, funded places and transport for disabled if needed.

    30 disabled teenagers and/or child carers participating in the workshops p.a. with learning support where needed.

    Aim 3

    To provide an opportunity for teenagers to socialise in an integrated teenage friendly environment.


    » Build social time into the workshop programmes and use the common room as a base for break times.

    Participants using the communual facilities for recreation during breaks and opting (via on the evaluation form) to share contact details for ongoing contact with participants.

    Aim 4

    To provide positive and affordable childcare for parents of teenagers.


    » Obtain funding to subsidise workshops on a means tested basis, with free places being available to the most disadvantage households.d

    45 subsidised places to households with incomes below £30,800, 45 free places to households with incomes below £20,800, 30 full paying places - all attending at least 5 sessions.

    Aim 5

    To stimulate interest in new hobbies, activities and help inform future educational choices.


    » Research demand, interest and develop each programme to meet the needs and expectations of the target audience.

    Success will first be evaluated through the project evaluation forms to guage interest and followed up after nine months to record actual change in recreational participation.

  • Impact


    The project aims to raise aspirations of teenagers in South Devon, to help them explore potential talents and vocations that will help them to inform the significant life changing decsions that are made as a teenager. There is a high level of disadvantage in Torbay so affordability is a real issue for families. There is a high level of teeange preganancy in Torbay which has a direct correlation to individual levels of aspiration and participation. Participants will be tracked over three years.


    Risk 1) Lack of funding means that it is not affordable to the majority. A small amount of funding has been secured for 2010 but only enough to support 12 disadvantage people.

    Risk 2) Not reaching the priority groups . The project works closely with the local authorities and community officers to identify and target children most at need.

    Risk 3) Facilities to deliver the project. South Devon College has committed to profice its facilities free of charge for this project.


    Donors will annually receive the pre-workshop reasearch with young people, the workshop programme, participaton numbers, workshop evaluation based the participant experience and the longer term evaluation tracking their progress and aspirations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £57,090

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,500 Free places 225 free places for the most disadvantage childdren
      £6,750 Subsidised places 225 places with 50% discount
      £17,640 Learning support assistant supporting five workshops per week over a four week period
      £9,000 Full cost Cost of full price delivery for 90 fee paying participants
      £10,200 Project co-ordination & admin To run three year project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Norman Family Charitable Trust £500 Guaranteed
    Woodward Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Full Cost Fee income £9,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Torbay is a densely populated coastal district with an older population comprising the coastal towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
    Around 15,400 (11.6%) residents in Torbay live within an area in the top 10% most deprived in England for the index of multiple deprivation 2007. Just under 22,000 (16.4%) of the total Torbay population live in an area that is within the top 20% most deprived in England for the index of multiple deprivation. Teenage conception rates are amongst the UK highest.


    Torbay is a net importer of learners from the Devon Local Authority. Two thirds of college learners live in Torbay, the remainder travel from out of area, mainly from Teignbridge and South Hams, some as far as Kingsbridge. It is anticipated that this project will attract participants following a similar geographic dynamic.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity works alongside South Devon College to help provide inspirational learning opportunities for the community. South Devon College fully underwrite the administrative costs of the charity and provide free facilities to benefit the charities aims. This enables the charity to provide excellent value for money services as overheads and indirect costs are not incurred. South Devon College is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and is a Beacon College offering world class facilies for our community

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alan Hart

    Chairman of South Devon College Charitable Trust.

    Helen Honnor

    College Development Manager and charity co-ordinator.

    South Devon College Senior Management Team

    The senior management team are committed to achieving the College mission statement which is : 'Inspiring our community through learning for all.’