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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:
Specific activities the project will provide are:
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
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.
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.
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.
During 2012 Project Workers based in each area have supported young people leaving care to take part in numerous activities designed to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem. These include, t-shirt printing, scrap-metal sculpting, pony trekking and team building challenges at an outdoor education centre. In addition, young people have been supported to attend work experience and volunteer placements with local employers.
Having suffered from years of abuse and spending time in care, Ruth was referred to the Springboard Project, this is her story...
“I don’t regret the choices I made, especially not the one to keep my child, I look after her each day and she goes to nursery whilst I attend college to help create a better life for each of us, I don’t want her to have to grow up the way I did. I want to give her the life I wished I’d had. I now have dreams to become a drama teacher or a history teacher, or maybe even both. This is my dream, to create a happy life for my family and nothing is going to stop me achieving this goal. The Springboard Project is helping me to achieve these dreams by arranging activities for me to do such as archaeology work experience. They’re helping me build up my confidence by helping me learn how to cook. Anything I need to do with my future plans they can help arrange things. The activities I am doing through this project will look great on my CV which may help me to get a place at university. My dream will be a reality, with hard work from myself and by doing some things that I can never have imagined doing thanks to Springboard.”
The Springboard Project Team
Project Manager: Nicki Watkinson
Project Worker (York): Tamsin Trevorrow-Earl
Project Worker (Selby): Alison Longley
Project Worker (Ryedale): Deborah Walton
Project Administrator: Juliette Lawson
Contact project staff: Email: SpringboardProject@foundationuk.org
Phone: 07891 854493