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Ambitious Plans

Unfortunately there is a far greater need for our service than our current provision allows for. In 2017, our 25th anniversary year, we launched our ambitious plans to double the number of young people by 2021.  

We know that our programme is not only making a tangible difference to young people themselves but it is also having a positive effect in the communities and schools where we work. We must do more!

In 2016 we carried out a Scoping Review, which highlighted 3 areas where we could expand and improve our service. We are already taking steps to address these:

1. We should develop our ‘end of programme’ care so those young people who still need a bit of support can benefit from a tailor-made mentoring scheme and/or apply for a bursary: A new Mentoring Manager has joined the team, and we have been running a pilot mentoring and bursary schemes. Both of which were hugely successful in 2018 and will be expanded in 2019

2. We are not currently reaching all of the main rural towns in Wiltshire, and Swindon has a significant level of deprivation that isn’t reflected in our current provision: We will be offering an additional 40 places on our programme from 2019. We will be working with 7 new schools and increasing the places available to young carers, which means we will be working in all of the most deprived wards in Swindon and Wiltshire. 

3. There is a need for our service in other parts of the UK. No other charity seems to offer long term intervention for vulnerable young people at such an early age: We intend to expand our service into a neighbouring county, with a plan for 40 young people from this new area to begin their Youth Adventure Journey in 2021. We will continue to target areas affected by issues of rural isolation and deprivation.

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