In 2015 we….

We are delighted to receive this recognition of all the hard work and commitment made by all the young people we work with, our loyal Volunteers and dedicated Staff.

The final winner of the Bath Life Awards Charity category, sponsored by Stone Kingwill be announced at the Award Ceremony on Thursday 25th February.

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!

Now all we can do is…

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2015 was a stand out year for Off the Record, for many reasons, a few examples include:


The Counselling and Listening Support Service

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.


Outreach Counselling and/ or Listening Support

We are now providing this Service to 8 Secondary Schools and 1 Further Education College, supporting over 250 children and young people.


The Participation Project’s:

Senior In Care Council (SICC)

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.

Youth Forum

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:

  • Achieving a significant reduction in local bus fares for young people (50% for under 15 year olds and 30% for under 21 year olds).
  • Securing a young person friendly café in Bath.
  • Initiating and influencing Bath City Council’s plan for local green areas in line with young people’s wishes.
  • Drawing up recommendations for schools and mental health services (in response to over 800 young people’s survey responses).
  • Engaged schools, youth centers and other services in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark Ballot Campaign and received over 5,500 ballot responses outlining the issues young people care most about.


OTR’s LGBT+ Project

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.

OTR’s LGBTQ SPACE youth group now has 30 members.

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.


OTR’s Young Parents Project

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.


OTR’s Project 382

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.


OTR’s Advocacy Service (Shout Out!)

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.


BANES Chairman’s Awards 2015/16 – we were over the moon to be awarded:

  • Our Senior In Care Council (SICC) won  Young Volunteer Team of the Year for their commitment to advocating for and improving Services used by young people in care.
  • Our Listening Support Worker Dorothy Witchelow received a “Highly Commended” Volunteer of the Year Award for her 13 years of Voluntary Service for Off the Record
  • Ed Joseph, former Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) / leader of OTR Youth Forum won the “Chairman’s Special Award” for his outstanding contributions to the community.