Volunteer Transition Program

Volunteer Transition Program

latest news...

July 2017
Through funding from ESF we have delivered an employability course to prepare young people and young mums for the world of work
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June 2017
The kids that come to our youth club worked hard to create a video that portrays what they think about Centre 63. We are totally blow away by it, what do you think? Click below to watch.  
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March 2017
Starting March 30th the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool are joining our Youth Club to perform a series of interactive workshops right here at Centre 63! Kids can perform real experiments with real scientists! Completely free! It's free to join our Youth Club and free food is provided for your child. Ages 8-12: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Ages 13-17 6:45pm - 20:30pm  
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Our Funders and Supporters:
The Rank FoundationJMFHenry Smith Charity
supporting peopleThe big Deal
KHTNiace
J Paul GettyCatch 22
TSB
comic reliefChildren in Need

A brief description of our project

  • The rationale behind the project is to support 19-25 year olds with a range of needs to participate in meaningful volunteering opportunities and improving their chances of gaining employment. The project aims to increase the participation of disengaged, disenfranchised and isolated 19-25 year olds.
  • We primarily target the age group 19 - 25 yrs. Main areas of learning include functional skills, personal development, increasing self esteem and confidence so learners can develop a range of coping and employability skills. Key partners have included ourlocal job centre, the Careers Advice Service and Y.E.S project (Youth Enquiry Service- based within Centre63) and other training providers.
  • The project has supported young people to move into training, employment and further education. It has had a massive impact within the local community as learners have recommended our service to others. This has meant further referrals and therefore more individuals accessing the project, and as a consequence we have exceeded our targets and moved almost 50 individuals to a more positive place in their lives.
  • We have supported learners by having an "individual learner approach" and putting a support plan together. We believe it is incredibly important for the learner to be at the heart of all communication.

The project objectives and outcomes for learners

AIM: To support young people moving into training, employment and further education.
OUTCOME: 49 young people have moved into training, employment or further education so far.

AIM: To support learners by using an "individual learner approach" to adapt to their needs, and to put a support plan together whilst the learner is at the centre of all communication.
OUTCOME: Support plans were produced in conjunction with all learners; this helped them to identify their strengths and areas for improvement, giving them a clear understanding of their next steps.

AIM: To provide opportunities for personal development for each learner,  and to transfer and implement their learning through participating in volunteering activities.
OUTCOME: 9 learners have undertaken volunteering opportunities and have progressed into paid employment so far.

AIM: To work with at least 40 learners for a minimum of four weeks.
OUTCOME: We worked with 49 learners and all learners participated for at least four weeks, although a substantial number stayed with us for much longer.

The difference the project made in practice to learners, communities and other stakeholders

Learners engaging in the programme have had access to employment and training opportunities by being introduced to other services such as apprenticeships and meeting potential employers to understand their expectations better. Opportunities have been made available to learners once they have completed the programme, and as a consequence of this, learners have sustained employment. Individuals who have progressed have communicated that this has had a positive effect on their siblings, friends and the wider family and community.

The project has had a massive impact on both individuals and the community as a whole as many of these volunteers who have taken part in the program have now signed up to become digital champions. They are currently undertaking training with UK online Learn My Way.

The volunteers will be going out into the community as digital champions and we have just applied for funding for £5,000 from D.W.P for Centre 63 to become a digital hub.
This development will have massive implications for our community in terms of learning and development which has been made possible because of the C.L.I.F. funding.

A short summary of the project timetable from project initiation, through to delivery and final review and celebration

Recruitment for the first two cohorts of learners took place in August last year and the program began delivery in the October. The project was successfully delivered to four cohorts, with a celebration event at the end of each program.  

The financial resources that will be required and what they will be needed for (e.g. publicity, staff costs, learning resources, travelling expenses, etc.)

The total cost of the project came to a total of £27,120; this included publicity, staff costs, crèche, learning resources and learners travel expenses.

Links to promotional materials we used

Posters and leaflets were produced and distributed around the local area.

Here are some sample promotional materials.

Links to any lesson plans and learning resources we developed

We produced a scheme of work and you can access a sample here. This scheme of work was used as a working document and at any time was subject to change, based on the arising needs of the learners. It was used as a flexible guideline.

Here are some sample learning resources.

Links to any evaluation tools we used 

We continuously monitor and evaluate both our own delivery and the progress and satisfaction of the learners.

We run regular one-to-one reviews with learners and make it clear that we are available should extra help or support be required.

Here are some sample evaluation tools - Sample 1 Sample 2

Top tip

  • Encourage empowerment with the learners by helping them to understand their strengths and weaknesses and ensuring that they are fully involved in planning their learning, e.g. how they learn best and any barriers to their progression so they are fully aware and involved in the whole review process. Ensure that there is a clear exit strategy with built in support mechanisms for the most vulnerable of learners

Funded by

NIACE

Community Learning Innovation Fund