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Project information

Team Leader salary shortfall

We are a listening ear to children and young people dealing with difficult life events like parental separation, divorce and bereavement. Due to huge demands on our service we need to increase the hours of our team leader who looks after all of our volunteers.

January 2013 - June 2013

Charity information: This Way Up

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  • Need


    Our project helps teenagers reduce their anxiety by providing someone to talk to about their problems enabling them to concentrate more on their school work and get on better with their peers.

    Our team leader coordinates the volunteers and also meets with young people in groups and 1:1


    We can reduce the waiting list for our services by increasing the hours that our team leader works. She can then give more time to the team and help recruit new volunteers. She can also increase the amount of time she spends meeting with young people who need to talk to someone.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    50 young people will have access to support who might otherwise not have had someone to talk to.


    » Increase th hours of our team leader who is already skilled up to do this work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be young people will feel more confident in understanding how they feel and have strategies to cope. 50 young people will have accessed support.

  • Impact


    Young people will be more able to concentrate in school time and be able to name and understand feelings. They will be come more resilient as a result.

    Reports from teaching staff will confirm that the young people are more able to cope.


    There is a risk that we will be unable to cope with the demand for our service. There is a risk that we will not receive further funding for our team leader salary. We are dealing with this by seeking funding from other sources and only 50% from The Big Give.


    By quarterly newsletter, regular emails, telephone calls and visits to major donors and local meetings.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Salary 50% team leader salary costs
  • Background


    Solihull and workers from around the UK have been trained by us to deliver our small group materials.


    Young people in Solihull and across the UK through trained facilitators. Solihull is a mixed area with an affluent South of the Borough and those in the North of the Borough at much greater risk of negative outcomes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 6 years experience in dealing with the issue of young people and loss. We are respected and trusted and receive referrals from Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and local GP's. We are Approved Providers of Mentoring through the Home Office Mentoring & Befriending Foundation scheme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pete English

    CEO and founder of the charity. Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

    Jo Fitzsimmons

    Team leader and youth worker with 15 years experience of working with young people including young offenders and those not in education or employment.