Project information

Youth Achievement Foundation, Avon Tyrrell

Create a permanent facility and mentoring programme to provide an alternative and complimentary educational provision for young people aged up to 16 who are excluded from education and training opportunities in the East Dorset and West Hampshire area.

September 2009 - July 2016

Charity information: UK Youth

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  • Need


    In the area near to UK Youth's Avon Tyrrell HQ and activity centre, the project will help the significant numbers of young people that have been been excluded or self-excluding from school for a variety of reasons in both their school and home lives.


    Helping young people back into mainstream education, improving personal and social skills, giving accreditation for the learning and achievements by means of youth-work based non-formal education i.e. maintain a core of basic numeracy and literacy but offer a more practical/vocational personally developed curriculum. Providing a safe fun supportive but challenging environment to address issues including an outreach mentoring programme.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To secure a permanent small school for the YAF, first stage gain planing permission


    » Fundraise and get planning permission to replace the current temporary building following a design brief.

    What success will look like

    Success will be gaining planning pernmission and eventually the funds to build the 500m2 unit we need.

    Aim 2

    To set up a mentoring programme where a coordinator recruits local volunteers to help the students.


    » Fundraise for the marketing and expenses to run the programme using an appointed coordinator

    What success will look like

    Suceess will be recuiting a pool of 10-15 local mentors to work with the young people on a variety of skills and vocations for years to come.

  • Impact


    Where mainstream education is no longer working, the YAF at Avon Tyrrell will help 30+ young people each year gain accreditation for the achievements through a curriculum that is more appropriate to their personal and social development. Numbers passing through and their accreditations are monitored. The project raises awareness of young people's issues locally, creates inter-generational opportunities and does much to reduce anti-social behaviour in the local community.


    1. Not gaining planning permission means we can't expand the provison from present numbers - we have consulted with the local authority and the position is favourable to local planning laws.
    2. Not gaining enough mentors could stall elements of the curriculum. Appointing a community cooordinator to market the YAF and train volunteers mentors will address this.


    Quarterly progress reports via email, newsletters, invitations to events and tours of the Avon Tyrrell YAF to meet the students and see their achievements and work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 planning permssion 1st stage design and fee cost to gain permission
      £40,000 mentor programme 1 years coordinator post, marketing, volunteer training & expemses

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust donation £5,000 Guaranteed
    UK Youth budget 2011/12 £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Avon Tyrrell, the UK Youth centre where the YAF is based, is between the villages of Bransgore and Burley on the west side of the New Forest, Hampshire near the Dorset border.


    Our charity UK Youth specializes in working with disadvantaged young people's groups from school, youth organisations from all over the UK. Avon Tyrrell is visted by around 20,000 such people each year - a beautiful safe environment to experience non-formal educational and volunteering programmes. Many of the young people would never have had been to such a place before, the beneits to their personal and social development is enormous. The centre is also the focus of much local community use.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    UK Youth has a 100 year history of working for and with young people (65 at Avon Tyrrell), our innovative programmes are developed with the users. We have a great track record of delivering projects on time and within budget. We recognise for this project we need the help of outside expertise from an architectural practice to get us through the planning permission process.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Louis Bonney, UK Youth Projects Director

    18 years experience managing Avon Tyrrell, projects and fundraising, will oversee the building aspect of the project.

    David King UK Youth Curriculum Development Manager

    Experienced teacher/youth worker responsible for YAF development and mentoring programme.


pays for the 1st year mentoring programme

Outstanding Provision

Ofsted Report 2009