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Local Youth Grant Detail

Started on: 24/10/2018 15:55:02

ID: 629

Current Status: Funds Transferred

To be considered at this meeting:
tbc contact Community Area Manager

Current Case Notes

15/01/2019 08:27:17 Funds transferred, please allow up to 28 days for the funds to reach your account.

14/01/2019 15:24:47 BACS Received

14/01/2019 12:31:18 Acceptance Received. Now awaiting BACS detail.

14/01/2019 09:56:21 £4,500 Approved

28/12/2018 10:42:02 Your application will be considered at the Trowbridge Area Board meeting on Thursday 10th January 2019 in The Cotswold Space - County Hall, Trowbridge BA14 8JN. The meeting will begin at 7.00pm with tea/ coffee available from 6.30pm. You are invited to attend the meeting to answer any questions members may have regarding your application. Please would you be able to reply to this invitation confirming your attendance by Friday 4th January 2019.

11/12/2018 11:40:44 application received.

1. Project title? (Max. 8 words Eg. Tinkleton Village Youth Transport Project)
Connect Mentoring

2. Project summary: (100 words)
We will be providing a mentoring service to young people between the ages of 13-19 years in a variety of contexts primarily schools but not to the exclusion of other sources of referral e.g. local youth workers.

3. Amount of funding required:
£1001 - £5000

4. Which Area Board are you applying to? Not sure? -check on a map

5. What is the Post Code of where the project is taking place?(If the application is for something that will move around to different locations please insert the post code for where it will be based for the majority of the time.)

6. Please tell us which theme(s) your project supports:
 Informal education
 Youth work/development
 Employment or training
 1:1/group work
 Community Project
 Community Safety

If Other (please specify)

7. About your project
Please tell us about your project (a strong application will address all of the following):

  • How does your project support local needs and priorities?
  • How have young people been involved in your project so far?
  • How many young people to do you expect to benefit?
  • How will your project be accessible and affordable?
  • How will you encourage volunteering and community involvement?
  • How will you ensure your project is accessible to everyone (Disabled, low incomes, vulnerable, etc.)
  • How will ensure your project is inclusive?
  • How will you work with other community partners?
Connect mentoring will support local needs and priorities by working with young people who are not only at a critical time of their lives but also at risk of exclusion from school struggling at home or finding it difficult to build healthy relationships. On a national level bullying is still a major issue too. The Annual Bullying Survey reporting that in 2015 50 of young people have bullied another person 30 of which do it at least once a week. Siobainn Chaplin a former Youth Service manager for Wiltshire Council highlighted the significant issues around self-harm with young people she has experienced. Tom and Helen assistant Heads of John of Gaunt school and Clarendon Academy in Trowbridge have described to us some of the challenges many of the young people in their care face that match the above national statistics. Their pastoral care teams are inundated with incredible need on a daily basis with cuts in their school budgets also contributing to low morale in both students and staff. Individual young people themselves have been honest with us in their experiences highlighting the pressures of school life responsibilities at home and pressure on social media being triggers to anger anxiety and other problems. One year 11 pupil explained in a meeting in February 2017 I come to school and the pressure builds up and I want to explode. The only way I can deal with it is to just go home during school time. Young people have been involved in Connect mentoring first and foremost through active decision-making to be a part of this project and regular participation in review and evaluation of progress which takes place after 6 sessions. In a school-context the school staff act as a point of referral but a distinctive feature of Connect is that it is pupil-led. It is the young persons choice to opt in or opt out of the scheme and we aim to shape sessions around their needs and interests.We expect to expand on our current number of 30 direct beneficiaries by recruiting volunteers in 2019-2020.Connect Mentoring will be accessible due to the fact it will take place primarily within the context of schools - where young people are present and needs can be prioritised in partnership with the school staff. Connect Mentoring will also be affordable as we have appropriate meeting spaces offered to us free of charge by the schools. Over next few years our desire is to build sustainable funding so that the work can continue through our fundraising strategy - increasing support of individual donors churches other grant applications and where delivered in partnership with local schools or other agencies a contribution from that organisation. The ongoing cost for the Connect mentoring programme is relatively low as time is given in kind by local volunteers. In addition to this the Headteacher at John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge has offered us free use of a dedicated office space in the school grounds for Wiltshire YFC staff to work from which reflects the value the school has for the work we are doing with young people in the community.Connect Mentoring encourages community involvement as the young people are mentored by local volunteers who are recruited trained and equipped by Wiltshire YFC to deliver a quality service to schools. There is a significant emphasis on this aspect of the project with ongoing support and management of volunteers.Connect Mentoring is accessible to any and all young people. This is reflected by the referral process we have in place with local secondary schools. As mentioned the beneficiaries are often people who are at risk of exclusion from school have self-esteem issues experience bullying or who themselves bully others lack aspiration as well as those who experience other life challenges. For example one boy who is being mentored by one of our staff has Aspergers syndrome and struggles to communicate and understand others in a social context. Another struggles in group settings and gets angry easily often playing truant in school due to feeling like he doesnt fit. Furthermore the young people referred to the project are primarily from homes with complex needs such as parents with mental health issues health issues and addictions. Pupils are also often from homes where there is no father at home and very few positive role-models. Finally those we work with are from homes and communities facing the disadvantages related to social and economic deprivation living in areas such as Studley Green and the Longfield Estate in Trowbridge.

8. Safeguarding
Please tell us about how you will protect and safeguard young people in your project (You must address all of the following):

  • Please evidence your commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
  • How do you make sure staff and volunteers understand their safeguarding responsibilities?
  • Are staff and volunteers Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and do you hold a central record of this as well as details of staff references.
  • Who in your organisation is ultimately responsible for safeguarding?
  • How do you ensure that young people are kept safe online when accessing your services?
1. All potential volunteer mentors have to attend our Connect Mentoring training day that covers topics such as good practice and an introduction to Safeguarding and Child Protection.2. Volunteers and staff mentoring in schools undergo annual school Safeguarding training when appropriate.3. All Wiltshire YFC staff have attended 2 day advanced training with Wiltshire Council 4. As part of our ongoing support for volunteers we hold 4 supervision meetings a year one of which always includes a safeguarding refresher session.5. As part of our comprehensive pre-employment checks we ensure that all mentors meet one-to-one with key members of the senior leadership team in the school they will be mentoring in. This is often the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the volunteer will be made aware of who to report to with a Safeguarding concern.6. All staff and volunteers have an advanced DBS check.7. James Vaughton Director of Wiltshire YFC is our Safeguarding Lead.

9. Monitoring your project
How will you know if your project has been successful?

Outcomes will be measured through a variety of ways 1. Termly reviews with mentee mentor and school staff liaison. An open discussion where pupil will be invited to share highlights challenges etc and achievements can be celebrated together.2. Regular evaluation between mentor and mentee using tools like the Blob tree to determine progress. Use of the GROW model Goal Reality Options What now to build momentum and structure when appropriate.3. Regular catch up between school liaison and mentor discussing any key issues regarding pupils mentored.4. Termly supervision meetings between volunteer mentors and coordinator to provide feedback reflections on practice peer review ongoing training and accountability.5. Biannual mentoring training day covering all essential practices and skills to train up new mentors and refresh those already on the team.6. Wiltshire YFC has an established line management and appraisal system which will be used to measure outcomes and review progress

10. Finance: if you are a new organisation and don't have accounts leave blank and tick box below

10a. Your Organisation's Finance:

Your latest accounts:

Total Income:

Total Expenditure:

Surplus/Deficit for the year:

Free reserves currently held:

Why can't you fund this project from your reserves:
The deficit is a paper deficit as Wiltshire YFC receives a subsidy for its work from the charity Bath YFC and as such does not hold its own reserves

We are a newly formed group and do not yet have published accounts: 

10b. Project Finance:

Part One: *required

Total Project cost help £13453.00  
Total required from Area Board £4500.00

Part Two: Please itemise your project expenditure and project income *required

Itemised Expenditure
eg Materials help
£ Itemised Income
eg Our reserves
£ Income confirmed?
Lead worker £8253.00 Charity donations £1826.00 yes
Volunteer costs £1000.00 Grant Funding (Various Trusts) £1000.00
Resources £1500.00 Wiltshire Community Foundation £4927.00 yes
Management admin and publicity £1500.00 Office given in-kind £1200.00 yes
Office £1200.00 APPLICATION TO LYN £4500.00
Total £ Total £  

11. Have you or do you intend to apply for a grant for this project from another area board within this financial year?

12. Tick all the Area Boards to which you are intending to apply, including this one (You can apply to a maximum of 3 Area Boards for the same project in a financial year)
 Bradford on Avon
 Southern Wiltshire
 South West Wiltshire
 Royal Wootton Bassett & Cricklade


Supporting information

Do you have the following (please tick any that apply):
 Child Protection Policy
 Safeguarding Children
 Procedure for dealing with an allegation against a member of staff or a volunteer
 Complaints Procedure
 Public Liability Insurance
 Health & Safety
 Whistle blowing policy
 Internet use policy
 Annual Accounts
 Business/Project Plan (For projects where total project cost is over £50,000)

Legal declaration
 The information on this form is correct, that any award received will be spent on the activities specified.



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