The Springboard Project

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The Springboard Project is a new project specifically developed for young people leaving care (16-24 years) in York, Selby and Ryedale District. The project is funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Youth in Focus programme until 2016. Foundation is leading a partnership of organisations from across the three areas to deliver a wide range of activities, events and opportunities to young care leavers in response to their choices and aspirations.


 What will the project deliver?


 The Springboard Project will deliver the following for young people leaving care:

  • Wrap around personalised support that is responsive to need
  • Access to a wider range of activities and support to assist with their transitions to independent living
  • Seamless delivery across local authority boundaries

Specific activities the project will provide are:                               

  • Trained peer mentors to support care leavers
  • Activities including self-esteem, confidence and team building activities
  • Activities and training to promote employability
  • One to one sessions and courses to support personal development, building positive relationships, group working, problem solving and co-operating
  • Supported work placements
  • One-to-one and group-based emotional wellbeing support
  • Arts and media workshops, sports and leisure activities, life skills workshops and cooking sessions
  • Independent living skills
  • Volunteering and peer mentoring opportunities.


Project Outcomes


Outcome One:

Young people will develop appropriate life skills, improve their confidence, self-esteem and social skills soon after they leave care, and will be able and ready to achieve independent  living in their

local community.


Outcome Two:

Young people will have a greater sense of personal achievement and will feel more able to engage with and access local services. They will be aware of networks of support available and will be equipped to communicate their own needs and requirements.


Outcome Three:

Young people will be equipped for the workplace and/or educational and training environments with relevant employability skills that will better qualify them for jobs and/or training opportunities.


Outcome Four:

Young person’s services from all sectors across the City of York, Selby and Ryedale Districts will work more successfully together and will be more responsive to the needs of young  people leaving care.



Project Activities


The Springboard Project's Big Night!

The Springboard Project celebrated the premier of its music track and video, “How To Fly”, at York St John University Fountain’s Learning Centre on April 1st 2014 to an audience of around 200.


The event was a great success with 18 young people, aged between 17-23, being showcased in the form of a song and video which they created within the partnership of, Music4Care.  Music4Care is a partnership project between the Springboard Project, Foundation, Inspired Youth, York St John University, Digital Sun Media, Access to Music and City of York Council. The project has enabled the participants to express their feelings in a powerful and positive way whilst also enabling them to develop their creative skills. Maybe the project will help uncover the next big thing in British music! The song aimed to build a picture of life in care and is based on their real experiences. The young people also had the opportunity to get involved with the video production which was produced by Inspired Youth.  


Kev Curran, from Inspired Youth, commented that it had been “an inspirational project which has seen the young participants get involved at every stage. Through a series of creative workshops they have written the ‘How to Fly’ lyrics; sung alongside rapper, Kritikal and vocalist Isi Dawson; had a direct influence on the production of the track; and been directly involved in shooting and performing in the video.”


Carolyn Downes, Project Manager, Springboard Project says, “The Springboard Project team has been overwhelmed by the success of this music project and the way in which it has inspired all those involved. It has offered the young people we work with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the music and video production process whilst also giving them a voice and highlighting the challenges they face as care leavers. We have forged really strong partnerships with the organisations that have been involved in producing the track and music video and are really looking forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”


The young people taking part in the project have clearly enjoyed and valued their experience of being involved. Izzy, a 17 year old Springboard Project customer commented, “I really hope that after watching this amazing piece of music the audience will feel truly inspired and that it will change their view on what it is like to be a child in the care system.”


The Springboard Project Hits the Right Note


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View the Music 4 Care video here  

The track has also just become available to buy on please make sure you spread the word and invest in your own copy:


The Springboard Project Team


 Project Manager: Carolyn Downes

 Project Worker (York): Tamsin Trevorrow-Earl

 Project Worker (Selby): Alison Longley

 Project Worker (Ryedale): Sam Pickering (temp)

 Project Administrator: Juliette Lawson


 Contact project staff:  



 Phone: 07891 854493