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Project information

Reflex Durham

To mobilise a volunteer force to provide credible youth work in deprived areas of Durham; to deliver informal education and experiences that increase the value and worth of marginalised young people.

October 2008 - July 2012

Charity information: Durham Youth For Christ

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  • Need


    Reflex purposefully addresses four of the biggest factors leading to offending behaviour in young people:

    Underachievement in education; Low self-esteem; Lack of a significant role model; and Non-constructive use of time.

    Reflex works with young people who
    -live in social or economic deprivation
    -are disengaged from mainstream education
    -are engaged in (or at risk of) criminal activity or anti social behaviour.


    Our work raises the aspirations of young people, challenges their behaviour and raises their self esteem. All of our staff and volunteers are dedicated to being positive role models interacting in appropriate adult relationshipsand providing young people with relevant alternatives to offending behaviour through diversionary activities that build thier character. It empowers young people to make positive choices about their future based on recognition of the innate value of each individual.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To address underachievement in education


    » Informal education via dialogue and relationships with workers to engage young people who are hard to reach to tackle life issues in safe environments
    » Developed an 8 session happiness course for young people who are at risk.

    What success will look like

    Success will be young people recognising steps they can take to a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

    Aim 2

    To see an increase in the self esteem of young people.


    » To engage young people in community volunteering and local events that provide opportunities for growth and to make a positve impact.
    » To facilitate a 2 week social action trip to Tanzania in Summer 2011 and support young people as they work towards this goal.

    What success will look like

    Success will be encountering them treating each other with more respect and using more postive language about themselves and others.

    Aim 3

    To provide positive adult role models and relationships


    » To mobilise a team of volunteers who choose to spent time with young people who are disadvantaged and to demonstrate thier worth and value.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing trusting relationships develop that are supportive, consistent and mutually enriching.

    Aim 4

    To provide relevent alternatives to offending behaviour and boredom


    » Provide events to engage young people in activities that provide exerperiences that are transformative and impact thier character not just thier time

    What success will look like

    Success will be young people making different choices about thier time, thier relationships and thier character that lead to more postive outcomes.

  • Impact


    Reduced youth offending in our geographical area of work and increased program of work with young people at risk of offending to committed volunteer mentors to journey with them. Young people demonstrating their process of creatively reflecting on their life experience, emotions and behaviour and having tools to positively reflect about their hopes for the future.


    Loss of volunteers. This is dealt with by involving new volunteer opportunities at one off events so more people are exposed to the opportunity of long-term volunteering. To have a range of volunteer posts available to suit various talents and time commitments.
    Restriction of funds. This is dealt with by sourcing funding from a variety of places and forging wider support that is not financial such as local partnerships and prayer supporters.


    We produce 4 newsletters per year written by staff, volunteers and young people. We also write accompanying letters to our donors and invite them to attend an annual showcase event about the work of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £47,100

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 3 Urban Skills programmes 10 week programmes in DJ/Theatre/music
      £21,600 Staff delivery 3 sessions per week over 3 years
      £3,000 training and expenses for staff and 10 volunteers
      £6,000 admin resources, materials and publicity
      £6,000 management office and room hire and line management
      £4,500 quality assurance reflex lisence
      £3,000 events monthly local events for young people

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    individual supporters £20,000 Conditional
    local churches £12,000 Guaranteed
    Trusts £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This project is based on the Sherburn Road Estate and Gilesgate Estate, both of which are in the 10-20% most deprived SOA’s in the country. Many of the young people we engage with often truant from school or are NEET. Statistics show that of those young people who enter the Criminal Justice System 75% are truant from school and 80% come from three generations of unemployment and deprivation; both of these estates are home to such families.


    As we work in partnership all our partners benefit from our project. These are St Giles Church, Durham City Baptist Church, Mid Durham Project, Gilesgate Sports College, Pelaw View Centre, Laurel Avenue Community Centre, primary schools and the police service.

    We engage with 200 young people (aged 9-19) and their families and surrounding community and local businesses also benefit. The Youth Offending Service get a charity to refer young people to who fall outside thier remit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are part of a wider network of YFC with vast experience. We have successfully linked together disparate groups in the community to work together for the common good of young people.
    We have a Christian value base that drives our volunteers love and care and dedication to the work.
    We can provide innovative work that gives international opportunities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Centre Director

    To manage and direct the Reflex project, to engage face to face with young people and community members and to recruit and lead a team of volunteers.

    6 Volunteers

    To be committed to work with young people in cold, dark evenings and bring light and hope to thier hard situations.

    Trustee Board

    To conduct the demanding task of overseeing the charity and its aims and ambitions. To monitor progress and to make new connections.

    Partner Organisations

    To share resources, to give 'in kind' as well as financially. To be trustworthy, honest and authentic in working together for the good of young people