Stepping Stones is a three-year project designed to make a step change in the way opportunities and support are given to young people across the Scottish Borders.
The project has been developed by the award winning Scottish Borders Youth Work Partnership which brings together eight young peoples’ charities from across the region, sharing their decades of practical hands-on experience in supporting our young people.
Who will benefit?
Working in their local communities, the project partners will support young people based on their needs, offering dedicated one-to-one support, targeted group work sessions and tailored activities. The project will also support joint activities bringing together young people from across the region.
Initial work on the project began in September 2018 and it is hoped that over 400 young people aged between 10 and 18 years will sign up to be part of Stepping Stones over the next three years. Young people can get involved through any of the eight partner organisations, through their school, Social Work, the NHS or any other third sector youth organisation.
A further 200 volunteers will support the project and will be crucial to its success.
What will it achieve?
The project has four main ambitions:
- To improve emotional health and wellbeing, leading to greater resilience
- To increase participation and engagement
- To better equip our young people to understand and deal with risky behaviours
- To improve targeted services and activities
To measure the success of the project, and to ensure a consistent level of service across all areas, YouthBorders have developed a robust evaluation framework based on the National Youth Work Outcomes and How Good is Our Third Sector measures.
At every stage the partner organisations will feedback on progress with input from the young people themselves. This will be monitored centrally by YouthBorders allowing us to capture and share learning and measure the impact of the project across the region.
This good practice approach to partnership working will bring huge benefits to the Scottish Borders allowing for greater added value through the sharing of ideas and best practice as well as resources, expertise and local knowledge. The National Lottery agree and have committed to funding the project for three years through their Community Fund.
If you would like to know more about the Stepping Stones project and how to get involved, please contact us by email: [email protected] or by phone: 01896 755 110.