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Enriching Young Lives. ...through offering friendship, consistency, empathy and diverse experiences. Updated: 3 Oct 2011 Ken J. The Project Aims to. Promote the well-being of young people at risk and divert them, as appropriate, away from statutory measures of care. What We’ll Discuss. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Enriching Young Lives......through offering friendship, consistency, empathy and diverse experiencesUpdated: 3 Oct 2011 Ken J

  • The Project Aims to...Promote the well-being of young people at risk and divert them, as appropriate, away from statutory measures of care

  • What Well Discuss...The Young PeopleThe Project - Background & Kind of WorkThe Volunteer BefriendersCurrent StatusManagement & StaffingFundingThe Future

  • The Young People May be...unable to access social activitiesdisadvantaged by family circumstanceshaving problems at schoola young carer with family responsibilitieshaving mental health problems

  • Project TimelineEarly 90s - Childrens Panel Members concerned by lack of resources for vulnerable young people in D&G Region1997 - Launched as Voluntary organisation with Charitable StatusInitially limited to 30-mile radius of Dumfries2005 - Newton Stewart Office Opened2010 - Stranraer Office opened

  • Projects Work Based on...Referrals - Children & Young People come to the Project from a variety of Sources:Social Work (40%)Education (31%)NHS (19%)Others (inc. family (10%)AssessmentMatchingto a trained adult volunteer befriendertypically for a 12 - 18 month period

  • Individual & Group ProgrammesVolunteer Befrienders Work With Young People Through A Programme Of Individual And Group Meetings, To Boost Confidence And Improve Their Life Opportunities...Developing trust between young person and adultProviding someone out-with the family in whom they can confideOffering regular time with a reliable personHaving fun in a relaxed atmosphereOffering the opportunity to try out different activities and learn new skillsChannelling energies in a positive direction

  • The Volunteer Befrienders...BackgroundsTrainingMatchingPersonal Benefits

  • Present Situation...Number of Young People Matched:Capacity: 45 Current: 42: 25 male & 17 femaleGeographical Spread:Dumfries: 23; Newton Stewart: 13; Stranraer: 6Waiting List:20 (at various stages in the referral/assessment process)Number of Volunteer Befrienders:50 (40 trained; 10 in training)Target is 60 Trained Volunteersallows for befrienders to take a break(Updated: 14 September 2011)

  • Management of the ProjectManagement CommitteeProject ManagerVolunteer Co-ordinatorsAdministrative Support

  • FundingAnnual Costs ~ 170KCouncil, Holywood Trust, NHSOthers have included: Laidlaw Trust, Big Lottery, BBC Children in Need...Fund-raising efforts e.g. Dragon Boat Race; Burns Supper; Cairnsmore climb; bag-packing etc.

  • The FutureExtension into those areas with thin coverage at the momentFinding additional funding sources to sustain the ProjectAddressing the waiting listRecruitment and training new Volunteer Befrienders

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