Skills for life

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Project description

Trinity Winchester supports over 600 homeless and other vulnerable people every year, with over 100 of these aged 18-24. Some will already be rough sleeping, many sofa surfing, but our overall aim is to prevent young people from becoming entrenched in homelessness and long-term unemployment. Trinity’s goals are simple – to get people safely housed and into work. Both are key to helping people thrive. But it’s not so easy when you have had a difficult upbringing and haven’t got on well at school. Although Winchester is perceived as a prosperous community, that is not everyone’s experience. Parts of Winchester fall into the bottom 10% of education and training deprivation in England.

2 The Proposal

Trinity’s “Learning for Life” programme (L4L) has been designed to take individual young people on a dedicated 12 week journey into, or closer to, employment. Individuals will be personally supported by a designated project worker and a volunteer mentor who will work with them to develop agreed work objectives and a plan to achieve them. The scheme will build a personalised timetable of skills and training together with supported volunteering activities around them. “Trinity Crew” work experience modules will include catering, cleaning, maintenance, gardening and supporting a range of drop-in services for the 600+ individuals that Trinity supports each year. L4L participants will each receive around 50 hours of direct input, support and mentoring. These activities will include CV building, interview training and taking on-line vocational courses, leading to accredited qualifications.

We will seek to work with 10 homeless and vulnerable young people typically living in areas of major deprivation within Winchester District. These will potentially include young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic as well as traveller communities.

Outcomes - how we will measure the success of L4L

Both participants and Trinity will set mutual goals and outcomes and sign an agreement to achieve these. An initial induction meeting will generate the baseline measurement and an agreed workplan for the individual for the 12 weeks of activity ahead. Each of the objectives and outcomes will be itemised, together with the activities, interventions needed and the timescale to achieve them in the form of SMART targets. Evidence of successful progress will include vocational qualifications attained, interviews offered, an individual’s signing up for supported voluntary work or work experience, evidence of enrolment by a recognised agency, or college, for participation in other services/training, monitored and recorded against the agreed workplan. Trinity will celebrate success with a running total display of volunteer placements, interviews, qualifications and jobs achieved. We aim to support at least 3 young people into a job, voluntary work or further education and 7 into supported volunteering enabling them to get closer to employment as a result of participation in the scheme.

We know that taking part in structured schemes such as L4L leads to increasing confidence and self-esteem, reduced incidences of depression and improved mental health. We can measure this using participatory tools such as the Outcomes Star and formal and informal feedback received during regular monthly reviews with their Project Worker.

We will use the £5,000 funding we are applying for to pay for additional project worker sessional time, training and DBS administration of volunteers, on-line course fees and materials. The project is intended to be a time-limited pilot, lasting for 1 year. If it is successful, we will seek funding to extend it from Local Enterprise Partnerships, trusts and foundations and our private sector partners. L4L is designed to be scalable, so if the application is partially successful, we would be able to benefit a smaller number of participants in proportion to the level ofthe grant

Project Video

Trinity Wichester

Moment of Pride

Al’s face, when after being so long out of work, he heard that a famous TV chef wanted him as a kitchen porter. “Well, you’ve got to start somewhere” – he said. Trinity’s Job Club brings hope to people who haven’t had much in their lives. That’s why we’re so proud of our L4L team and volunteers.

Location: Winchester