Project information

Teens and Toddlers

Teens and Toddlers gives disadvantaged young people the life skills, qualifications and self belief they need to keep them in school and to fulfil their full potential. Only 3.3% of our graduates become NEET (not in employment, education and training) - five times less than the national average.

February 2011 - December 2011

Charity information

COUI - Teens & Toddlers

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  • Need


    There are nearly one million unemployed 16-24 year olds (Office of National Statistics) and the risk of becoming NEET has increased by over 40% since the recession (Private Equity Foundation). Young people who are NEET are at high risk of teen pregnancy (the UK has the highest rate in Europe), crime, drugs and alcohol, having a major impact on their community. Young people who are NEET cost the government £4.6 billion a year.


    We want to reach more disadvantaged young people by expanding our Teens and Toddlers programme to eight new local authorities in London and countrywide (we are currently in 25). This programme will: empower young people to develop life skills, aspiration and new positive life goals; develop their emotional literacy (confidence, self management/valuing and social skills) and educate about the impact of risky behaviour, such as teen pregnancy, drugs and alcohol.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Run 8 new 15-wk Teens and Toddlers programmes in areas of the highest deprivation, starting Feb 2011


    » Work experience scheme where teens mentor a disadvantaged child in a nursery to learn about parenthood and to build a sense of responsibility.
    » An NCFE Level 1 qualification in Interpersonal Skills (achieved by 98%) to inspire progress to further education.
    » Classroom sessions in anger management, emotional intelligence, risky behaviour and sexual health.
    » Mentoring with qualified volunteer counsellors to support personal development.

    Success will be reaching over 200 young people facing poverty and disadvantage in eightlocal authorities and helping them achieve their potential.

  • Impact


    We evaluate the success of our programmes up to the age of 20. In our latest report (2009), only 5.8% of our graduates overall and 3.3% of under 18s reported that they were NEET - five times less than the national average. Only 2.6% or our graduates became pregnant compared to 4.06% national average. Other attitudinal and aspirational change will include 92% saying that a good education can give more choices in life and over 80% being more determined to acheive their goals.


    The disadvantaged young people we help are those most at risk of dropping out of education and may be truanting, have behavioural problems or problems at home. We work closely with the school using a Department for Education-approved at risk tool to ensure we understand each young persons' needs and that they understand that they are voluntarily committing to the programme.


    Reporting is bespoke to the donors needs and usually comprises a six-monthly report and ad-hoc communications outlining progress. We also invite donors to project visits and to attend the NCFE National Award ceremony at the end of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,120

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,070 Project admin Set up and ongoing admin of project
      £18,000 Facilitators Costs of four facilitators and four assistants
      £3,150 QA National Award supervision and registration
      £2,900 Monitoring Pre and post programme monitoring

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Misc Corporate £96,000 Guaranteed
    Local Authority £68,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    To date we have run programmes in 25 local authorities, reaching over 7500 young people and vulnerable children . We now want to expand Teens and Toddlers into eight new local authorities countrywide. Planned locations include Bristol, Torbay, Brighton, Salford, Sefton, Wisbech, Cornwall, Newham, Southwark, Westminster and Haringey.


    Our beneficiaries are looked-after children, care leavers, young offenders and children of teenage mothers in areas with high levels of social deprivation. They suffer low self esteem, lack of parental support and limited opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. The nursery children are 3-5 years and include refugees, autistic children and elective mutes, with poor social and communications skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our programmes take a unique, holistic approach to address the complex issues facing disadvantaged young people today rather than trying to change behaviour. We have proven results: our annual retrospective study which monitors success, shows that only 3.3% of our graduates are NEET: five times less than the national average at 16.6%. We are endorsed by the Department for Education, and leading partners, such as Impetus and Esmee Fairbairn.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Miranda Taggart

    As Senior Project Manager, she oversees the project and manages our facilitators and has over 24 year's experience of working with young people.

    Lady Diana Whitmore

    Our founder and CEO, who is closely involved with our projects and always attends the presentation ceremonies for the National Award.


Will transform the life of one young person