10 Sep YOUNG PEOPLE MENTORING GRANT: KICKING-ON PROJECT
YOUNG PEOPLE MENTORING GRANT: KICKING-ON PROJECT
In August 2019 WWSET began delivery of our year-long Young People Mentoring Grant programme which is kindly funded by Wycombe District Council.
The project involves engagement with local youngsters who are currently disengaged with education and/or at risk of becoming involved in crime, and working with them to help increase their aspirations and unlock their full potential.
WWSET’s delivery of the Young People Mentoring Grant programme is made up of four separate elements, and it was the first of these, known as the “Kicking-On” project, that was delivered last month in partnership with Bucks Youth Offending Service.
Specifically the Kicking-On project involved working with children who are disengaged with education and who may be vulnerable to negative peer pressure during school holiday periods. The project aimed to help them:
- Build resilience and their ability to overcome challenges;
- Increase their ability to establish and maintain positive relationships;
- Increase their levels of self-esteem & self-worth;
- Increase their engagement levels in positive activities;
- Develop their social and life skills.
The delivery of the project involved participants spending five mornings at Adams Park and five afternoons in the community taking part in various activities with the likes of Bucks Fire & Rescue Service, Mercedes Benz World, Wild Gym and Longridge Outdoor Pursuits Centre. To top it all off the participants also got a behind the scenes tour of Wycombe Wanderers Training Ground and got to meet with both the players and the “Gaffer”.
On the pitch at half time during the recent WWFC fixture versus Lincoln City, the Kicking On participants were presented with their certificates for completing the program, along with a prize bag each, full of WWFC goodies.
They were joined on the pitch by Claire To, Assistant Head at HighCrest Academy (where most of the young people attend school), Ian Wright (from Buckinghamshire County Council Youth Offending Team) and WWSET staff, Mark Heath (Education Manager) and Aqeel Akram (Social Inclusion Manager).
Please see below for the Kicking-On Impact Headlines…
WWSET would like to say congratulations to (from left to right) Layna, Cerys, Cameron, Skye, Tiffany, Huzaifah, Bailey and Anees (plus Yusuf and Arsh who could not make the presentation due to prior family commitments) for all their efforts during the Kicking-On Project.