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Chris’ residential experience

November 10, 2016

Motivate the Estate was a community programme which was delivered by Southend Borough Council in partnership with Youth at Risk from 2009 – 2011. Chris Sollis, Early Help, Family Support Team Manager shared her memories of the programme…

Youth at Risk trained key staff within Children Services as well as school staff and young people. “The most ambitious element to the programme was the six day residential which required the enrolment of at least 50 young people, and approximately the same number of volunteers.”

“22 young people attended the residential during March 2011; these were hard to reach young people who had demonstrated their commitment through the enrolment process. For many young people it was their first time outside Southend and it was a real challenge not only to adapt to the new environment, but also to the rigorous structure of the days. During the six days young people were challenged physically through the outdoor activities, mentally through the structure of the programme and emotionally by confronting directly areas of their lives which were not working for them. Many young people started the programme apathetic and unresponsive, but over the course of the six days saw the real benefits in participating 100%.  It is a credit to the programme that not one young person chose to leave the course; all 22 completed the six days. After returning to Southend, young people met their committed partners (Volunteer Coaches) and worked steadily towards their goals.  The feedback from young people, professionals & parents about the programme was extremely positive.  Certainly the residential was the most challenging and intense of the YAR trainings but the results in terms of young people’s personal, emotional and social growth were significant.”

Chris’ residential experience

Motivate the Estate was a community programme which was delivered by Southend Borough Council in partnership with Youth at Risk from 2009 – 2011. Chris Sollis, Early Help, Family Support Team Manager shared her memories of the programme…

Youth at Risk trained key staff within Children Services as well as school staff and young people. “The most ambitious element to the programme was the six day residential which required the enrolment of at least 50 young people, and approximately the same number of volunteers.”

“22 young people attended the residential during March 2011; these were hard to reach young people who had demonstrated their commitment through the enrolment process. For many young people it was their first time outside Southend and it was a real challenge not only to adapt to the new environment, but also to the rigorous structure of the days. During the six days young people were challenged physically through the outdoor activities, mentally through the structure of the programme and emotionally by confronting directly areas of their lives which were not working for them. Many young people started the programme apathetic and unresponsive, but over the course of the six days saw the real benefits in participating 100%.  It is a credit to the programme that not one young person chose to leave the course; all 22 completed the six days. After returning to Southend, young people met their committed partners (Volunteer Coaches) and worked steadily towards their goals.  The feedback from young people, professionals & parents about the programme was extremely positive.  Certainly the residential was the most challenging and intense of the YAR trainings but the results in terms of young people’s personal, emotional and social growth were significant.”

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