Young Person's Development

Our young person's development programme consists of two projects, Motivate and Build Yourself. 
 

Motivate

Motivate is an after school youth club targeting 10-16 year olds. The programme supports young people to gain confidence, make informed healthy lifestyle choices and progress into further learning and employment.




The project is currently being delivered across Sussex and South London.
In Sussex we are operating in Broomgrove and Downs Farm (Hastings) and Tilekiln (St Leonards on Sea).
In South London, the project targets those living in Church Manor Estate SW9, Landsdowne Green Estate SW8, St Martins SW2, St John’s SW11 and in Croydon, in partnership with Croydon Youth Zone.

Typically, young people in these areas risk falling out of education and training. They’re also vulnerable to negative influences including alcohol, substance misuse, poor nutrition, obesity and gang influences. 

Motivate sessions run weekly from local community centres, the sessions provide a safe space for the young people to regularly meet up, gain support and learn new skills. The sessions include a variety of activities, from sports to informative talks around knife crime and mental health. Other activities include, arts and crafts, wellbeing talks, learning photography skills and much more.

We encourage attendees to help shape the sessions themselves and allow time for regular feedback and consultation, this enables us to provide a service that is extremely beneficial to the young people we work with.

For more information and how you can sign up, please contact Nicola.Johnston@optivo.org.uk for the Hastings & St Leondards project and Jillian.Jones@freshvisions.org.uk for South London.

Carrie's Story
Carrie-Ann’s attendance to the youth club sessions was sporadic but when we started offering the girls only session she attended on a weekly basis without fail!
This led to Carrie-Ann confiding in me, that she was working with CAMHS and being assessed. Her assessment led to a diagnosis of ADHD and she was given medication.
Over the coming months, Carrie-Ann became a totally different person. She was keen to tell me how she was getting on really well at school and had been awarded the title Head Girl!
She is now in year 11, studying for her GCSE’s and making choices for further education. 
Carrie-Ann has blossomed into a mature young woman who is showing great insight into her life and can now see how important her education is for her future.  
 

Build Yourself

Build Yourself is a young person’s development programme, targeting 17-28 year olds across Sussex & Swale.



The project allows young people work in teams completing makeovers on community buildings over the course of six weeks, they get the opportunity to learn practical painting, decorating and DIY skills from a trained professional and also gain an accreditation in the form of a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) to help them into employment.

For more information and how you can sign up, please contact Nicola.Johnston@optivo.org.uk for Sussex and zara.hamid@freshvisions.org.uk for Swale.

As part of this project we are always looking for potential venues for our next course. If you think you have the perfect place to give young people a chance to learn new skills and in return have a renovated room, we’d love to hear from you.

Josh's Story

Josh heard about Build Yourself online through a family member and got in touch. Josh signed up for the online Health and safety e-course with CITB which is a module style course with an exam at the end. Josh was an independent leaner and could learn at his own pace.
Josh quickly completed the course and was ready to start practicing the CSCS part. We provided Josh with a voucher and app that he could use on his phone to prepare for the course.
Josh felt more confident and driven and applied for some part time roles alongside this course. Josh was successful in securing a job in the leisure industry and is gaining valuable skills and experience.
Josh passed his CSCS test first time and is now in a much better position with more opportunities available to him.