We believe in giving all young people the chance to realise their unique potential. We build their mental health, educational engagement and life skills, so that they can contribute to stronger communities.
Both of our innovative programmes connect young people to their communities: as mentors to children in need of extra support, and by creating youth-led projects In the Community.
Growing2gether provides young people, aged 14-16, with an experience of their own ability to contribute. They realise that they can make a difference in another person’s life and that they can engage positively with their community.
The responsibility of becoming mentors, as part of a nursery team provides the young people with work experience, a sense of responsibility, and a respected role in their community. It inspires, engages and motivates the young people to realise their immense potential.
The 18-week placement in the nursery is accompanied by peer group sessions with trained facilitators, covering topics such as self-esteem, self-management and understanding negative behaviour.
The sessions build their emotional intelligence and mental health. They increase vital social skills to help them re-engage with their education and their community in a positive way.
Growing2gether leads to a nationally recognised SCQF Level 4 Qualification in Personal Development (‘Self in the Community’/`Self Awareness’ Units). Supported by the University of Highlands and Islands.
The Growing2gether programme aims to:
- Empower young people to believe in themselves and their abilities and to make healthy choices in their lives.
- Provide volunteer work experience, fulfilling a responsible role, being part of a team and fostering trust in community.
- Develop key life skills: emotional literacy (self-reflection, self-management, awareness of others and social capital).
- Motivate them to stay in school and fulfil their educational, employment and personal potential.
- Offer an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification which can motivate them to see a positive future for themselves.