Special support for young people

WHEN HELP IS NEEDED MOST

Delivering special support to young people who need it most

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Programmes supporting young people

ACTION4YOUTH THE MENTORING PROGRAMME

Every young person deserves the best possible start in life, and when there is a lack of focus or direction it becomes difficult to achieve real potential. Youth programmes like youth mentoring and enrichment programmes can deliver crucial support, encouragement and guidance to young people needing that extra help.

Mentoring programmes where the young person gets direct interaction with a mentor on a 1:1 basis are proven to generate the best results with trust-based relationships. Group sessions help achieve trust in the mentoring relationship, but also encourage greater confidence.

Our innovative youth programmes are run where each session will aim to achieve an understanding of the needs of each young person and explore positive interests that will engage them and provide them with a new focus.

Our programmes explore and develop coping skills and build resilience which will not only improve quality of life but also establish a positive mindset that will enhance confidence and future opportunities to achieve potential.

Youth Mentoring Case Study

Carl is a 14yr old young person who was referred to the mentoring programme by his pastoral support because his poor behaviour had resulted in a few exclusions from school. He lacked focus, was not fully engaging with the educational system and displayed a very negative attitude.

Action4Youth delivers 1:1 mentoring in both High Wycombe and the Aylesbury Vale area. Funded by Buckinghamshire Council, our programme offers mentoring sessions for young people aged 11- 18 years.

Our mentors work with young people who are;

  • vulnerable and at risk of being drawn in to low level disorder and anti-social behaviour, from across all communities.
  • at risk of crime and radicalisation
  • at risk of substance and drug abuse
  • at risk of and/or developing signs of low level mental ill health
  • those who are displaying challenging behaviour at school

Through a series of tailored 1:1 sessions, and the use of the Outcomes Star tool, our programme aims to;

  • Identify and work to overcome challenges in the young person life
  • develop life and social skills, reducing isolation and increasing resilience and self-esteem 
  • facilitate an increase in personal aspirations for life and work
  • identify and articulate interests and explore potential pathways for positive activity that engage and channel their energies differently, reducing the desire for anti-social behaviour.
  • build trust-based relationships across communities and with stakeholders that help build stronger more integrated peer groups and communities.

If you have a young person who you think would benefit from our mentoring scheme please complete the referral for below

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action4youth the mentoring programme for young people

Programmes supporting young people

THE BREAKOUT PROGRAMME

The Breakout Programme is designed to bring positive change to the lives of young people who are at risk of being sucked into crime and of losing purpose in their lives.

The Breakout Programme is a package of mentoring, classroom sessions and outdoor education designed for young people as an intervention programme to reduce gang and knife crime. The participants will all be displaying various early indicators of susceptibility to crime e.g. risk of exclusion from school, disruptive behaviour, poor school attendance, anti-social behaviour and possibly already having had some negative contact with the police.

The project runs for 0.5 day each week over a 12-week period for groups of 6 young people from the same school and is delivered from our outdoor education centre, Caldecotte Xperience.

Across the 12 weeks, we deliver sessions including mental health and resilience, public speaking and personal presentation and goal setting as well as a session from an ex-offender focussing on County Lines. Participants will visit a specialist centre where they see graphic images of knife crime and the horrifying impact of stab wounds, followed by an accredited first-aid session where they will learn how to apply potentially life-saving first aid.

Outdoor education sessions will be designed to build team dynamics, confidence and leadership skills, and will include climbing, high ropes, caving, archery, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. The programme will start with 1:1 mentoring with an experienced A4Y mentor to establish a rapport and set goals using our evaluation tool, Outcomes Star. 1:1 sessions will continue at the start and end of each half-term to track progress and to build on the foundations learnt during the activity sessions, and to reflect on the young persons’ behaviour and choices to enable them to make more positive decision going forwards.

The programme has been developed from a pilot initiative delivered in February 2020 with students from a number of local schools. The project was very successful, but feedback from participants and staff highlighted the need for further intervention across a longer period. This will enable the programme to have greater impact on the students, with progress tracked over the course of the academic year.

“Over 20 years ago I led a programme that aimed to help young people who were on the cusp of criminality and to provide them with the skills and support needed to make better life choices. I am therefore delighted to offer my endorsement to the Breakout programme being run by Action4Youth. Not only does it offer the outdoor challenges and mentoring that were so important in my programme, but it also adds classroom sessions that help young people make better decisions, prevent criminality and build self-confidence. 

Investing in young people who are approaching a crossroads in their lives and helping them to make healthy choices is of benefit to them, their families and to wider society. There is nothing better than seeing a young person grow and start to realise their potential – programmes like BreakOut really do make a difference.”

Sir Francis J S Habgood QPM DL

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Action4Youth Breakout Programme designed to bring positive change to the lives of young people

Programmes supporting young people

ACTION4YOUTH COUNSELLING SERVICES

We provide counselling in a safe and confidential environment at The Junction in High Wycombe. Young people will find someone to talk to who listens, cares, gives emotional support and empowers them to find a solution.

You don’t need to book in advance, just pop in to speak to one of our team members about counselling and they will be able to give you the information you need.

Counselling at The Junction is a free service. Our sessions last for 50 minutes, once a week. Most people come to counselling for several sessions over a few weeks, but everyone is different. 

If you would like further information or would like to speak to us beforehand, please contact us: [email protected] t. 07767 161 098

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Thank you for facilitating the 5 week programme for our pupils at Blueprint. This was highly beneficial to our pupil cohort with outcomes linked to behaviour and improvements in attendance during this time. Within a PRU setting it hard to get the ‘disengaged’ pupil re-engaged positively with education, your service was a conduit to make this happen – thank you and your team. Again I would like to thank your team, proactive, professional, engaging and going over and above to make this experience worthwhile for our pupil cohort

Blueprint, Pupil Referral Unit 

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