05 Sep 2012

Going for Gold – Raising Aspirations

Overview: Raising Aspirations in vulnerable and homeless people

Key Aims:

  • Raised aspirations
  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Increased motivation
  • Completion of a life plan with clear, achievable goals and targets
  • Decline in use of drugs and alcohol
  • Increased physical activity
  • Improved use of contraception, particularly LARC (long acting reversible contraception) and condoms.

Situation:
Young homeless people living in shelters around Blackpool can have very difficult personal lives, and as a result of this, they can lose the confidence that is needed to get back on track. When a young person’s self esteem is low, they tend to avoid new things and find change hard; they can’t deal well with failure, and they are constantly comparing themselves to their peers in a negative way. Blackpool councils aim was to launch a worthwhile project that made a real change for some of the homeless young people in Blackpool.

Outcome:
As a 6 week pilot project, 12 homeless young people aged 16 – 25 completed a summer programme aimed at raising their aspirations and providing them with better prospects in life. Twelve young people, each of whom resided in two Blackpool homeless shelters volunteered for the project which saw them improve their teamwork, creativity and self-esteem. 6 one day session were completed.

2engage provided:

  • An original piece of theatre that lasted 40 minutes and engaged the young people through the story of two young men who had very low self-esteem.
  • Aspiration raising drama workshop sessions that looked at hope and fears for the future and overcoming those hopes and fears.
  • A forum theatre session, allowing the participants to explore risk taking behaviour and how it leads to drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Workshop shop facilitators were also present in supporting roles on other activities

 

Links

http://www.blackpool.gov.uk/news/blackpoolsyoungpeoplegoforgold.htm

 

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