- Charity No. 1072322
- 01225 312 481
We are in great company with Bath Cats and Dogs Home, Bath Rugby Foundation, Designability, Dorothy House Hospice Care, Genesis Trust and Send a Cow providing us with some stiff competition!
This service alone supported over 300 children and young people across Bath and North East Somerset. With funding from the Medlock Trust, the Roper Family Trust, St John’s Hospital, Ray Harris Charitable Trust and Bath Boules Charitable Trust we have been able to recruit and train more volunteers to develop this excellent service and meet growing demand.
We are now providing this Service to 8 Secondary Schools and 1 Further Education College, supporting over 250 children and young people.
The SICC is a group of young people aged 11-18 who are looked after in foster care in B&NES and who work to guide and influence services affecting young people in care. They worked incredibly hard last year to make lasting changes for all young people in care in BANES, developing creative ways to reach young people and professionals. As individuals they have grown in confidence and self-advocacy, becoming positive role models for all young people facing challenging circumstances. One of their key projects last year was to work with Somer Valley FM to produce 2 Podcasts revealing what it is like to be a young person in care. These are now being used as a resource for PHSE lessons in schools and in training teachers, social care staff and Foster Carers, as well as to support other young people entering into foster care. They held a launch event attended by the Mayor and key figures from the Council.
Led by former MYP Ed Joseph and his successor Beccy Thompson, the Youth Forum consulted thousands of local young people and campaigned tirelessly on the issues they care about, with staggering results, such as:
This project is for young people aged 13-25 who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Asexual or other sexual/gender minority, or who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. It secured a 3 year grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop and expand and is off to a flying start – already directly reaching over 1,000 people through one-to-one sessions, classroom sessions, professional training, workshops and events.
They have created and launched a fantastic short film about group that can be watched online from our website and YouTube. They held a film Premier attended by the Mayor and other key figures from the Council and LGBT community.
This provided vital information and support in one-to-ones and weekly group sessions to 40 young parents including advice and information on benefits, housing, parenting skills, nutrition, managing finance and emotional support through 181 face-to-face sessions.
This new project supported 29 children and young people who had experienced or witnessed domestic violence and abuse; many are dealing with trauma and coming to terms with their experiences and feelings.
This helped nearly 200 children and young people living in care, disabilities, special educational needs or facing homelessness with information about their rights and empowered them to have their say in the services they receive.