Six students from St Benedicts Catholic High School have gained their DofE Bronze awards!Read More
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Whether you are a young person looking for support, someone looking for volunteering oppourtunities, an orgniastion seeking some guidance or you just want to find out more about what we do, Cumbria Youth Alliance would love to hear from you!
Places are limited so early booking is essential Note this is only open to volunteers and new staff working with children and young people This course is designed for new volunteers who are working with young people and need to understand more about safeguarding to ensure our young people are kept safe here in CumbriaRead More
Thank you for your help. Without the help of staff at Cumbria Youth Alliance and the small group sessions I wouldn't have had the confidence to go out and look for a job. I am much more confident now; I am talking to everyone at work without being nervous or panicking. So thank you very muchChelsea: Choices
During subsequent conversations with lead workers and CEO (Cath Clarke). I came to understand just how successful this programme was with 40 of 42 participants recording a positive outcome in relation to employment, further education and/or training - a truly extraordinary ‘hit rate’ given the background and learning difficulties of many participants. I have no hesitation in commending this programme, and organisation.Chris Battan retired CEO at Francis C Scott Charitable Trust: About First Steps to Employment
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Emotional Resilience Project
A Big thanks to the Big Lottery Collaboration Fund for the funding for this project led by Cumbria Youth Alliance and to other funders like Cumbria County Council 0-19 at the 3 localities and to other match funders who have made all of this possible. Cumbria Youth Alliance along with strategic partners in Cumbria County Council, North Cumbria Clinical Commissioners and Active Cumbria have been working together to avoid duplication and to coordinate activities for young people aged 14-24 in Barrow, Copeland and Allerdale. All activities and projects are aiming to improve Young Peoples’ emotional resilience and in the longer term reduce the referrals into CAHMS. It has been a very successful project and many third sector organisations have been commissioned to delivery services at a locality level informed by the needs and aspirations of the young people who have worked with us.
We are looking back at some of the amazing things that has been achieved to date by our partners and by Cumbria Youth Alliance in year one and year two of the project we want to share some of the amazing work our commissioned providers have been doing to improve the emotional resilience of young people in Allerdale, Barrow and Copeland. By the end of year two 3,913 young people have been engaged on our programmes and a further 1,248 people have been reached through training, design and consultation, and awareness courses.
The capacity building elements of the project have allowed Cumbria Youth Alliance to cascade Youth Mental Health First Aid training, Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences Training and we have been able to support many of our partners and providers to embed to Outcomes Star as a tool so we a can all use similar methodologies to measure the impact of our work on the lives of young people. Being able to measure impact has been a key element of the project. These elements are designed to leave a legacy of sustainable skills when the Big Lottery funding comes to an end in March 2021.
Of those providers who have used the Outcome Star to measure impact we have been able seen a huge increase in confidence and self-esteem as well as improvements in other aspects of their lives.
Choices and Behaviour – 64% increase in positive choices and behaviours
Communication/ Confidence – 89% increase in self confidence and ability to communicate
Education and Work – 71% increase in employability and work readiness
Health and Well-being – 79% increase In emotional wellbeing
Hopes and Dreams – 62% increase in confidence about their futures
Making a Difference – 57% increase in those taking part in community activities and volunteering in their community
We want to thank all those involved in making this possible below are just a few examples of the work we have all been doing to help young people improve their emotional resilience.
Spiral who have been carrying out anti-bullying and confidence workshops. One young person said that the confidence building workshop and cyberbullying workshop gave her the courage to speak to her teachers about her experiences of bullying. Another young person expressed that they are now more confident to speak about their mental health because they “understand that it makes me unique”.
Together WE have been delivering exam stress and body image workshops within schools and youth clubs around Allerdale and Copeland. Extremely positive feedback has been received from the young people who attended the workshops.
Wigton Youth Station have been planning and organising an event around positive relationships. The date and location of the event will be on our Facebook page soon so keep an eye out!
Thank you to everyone for another successful year! Now for year 3!
We have recently sent out the commissioning/tender documents for year three and all decisions will be made by the young people in our advisory panels. If you have not received the tender documents, please contact email@example.com to get your pack for year three. The closing date for applications is the 2nd of March 2020 so don’t miss the deadline.
As a Choices Key Worker, you will manage a caseload of young participants and provide them with 1:1 support, helping them overcome barriers to employment by signposting into existing and new services as well as supporting them to access training, job search and employment. Working closely with participants, Key Workers will be responsible for supporting them through every stage of their journey, enabling participants to address their barriers and realise their aspirations.Learn More
The key role is to support 20 young people 16- 24 who are some distance from the labour market and provide them with an holistic support package which will allow them to be job ready and able to compete in the local jobs market. This will include assessing need and developing a suitable training and development package for each young person, so they progress toward employment. Many of the young people will have additional support needs such as poor emotional resilience or basic skills needs and a holistic asset-based approach will be required to enable them to overcome barriers to entering the labour market.Learn More
This is an exciting opportunity for 10 - 15 young people aged 14 - 24 to receive training and support to become part of a team of Young Inspectors. The Young Inspectors would take part in a number of online training sessions delivered by Youth Focus North West (YFNW). YFNW have developed this training as part of the National Young Inspectors Pilot Scheme. Once they have completed the training the Young Inspectors, with support from YFNW would undertake online inspections and assessments of organisations that have delivered programmes as part of the Year 2 and then Year 3 Emotional Resilience Project hosted by CYA. As well as undertaking inspections of ERP projects Young Inspectors would become part of the National Young Inspectors Network and may be involved in other inspections within Cumbria or other areas. If you are interested in this opportunity please click here for more information.Learn More