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How Springboard Consultancy Helped Streetwise to Support Young Women

“I have learned a lot about myself and have enjoyed the programme.”

2018 saw the partnership between the Springboard Consultancy and Streetwise draw to a close. The project, as originally set out here, focused on delivering Springboard training to a group of young, vulnerable women in the North-East, helping to support Streetwise’s charitable focus on the physical and mental health of young people from the area.

The course was delivered between April and June 2018. Following a post-course catch up with the participants, we’re now able to share the impact of this project with you.

Working with Streetwise

“Encouraging and empowering to women in all areas of life.”

Instructus were keen to work with Streetwise due to their fantastic work supporting disadvantaged young people. Streetwise’s aims are very much in-line with our own charitable objectives, and when we started the discussion last year it became clear how we could work together.

With the involvement of licensed Springboard Consultancy trainer Sue Wild, we worked with Streetwise to identify a course that would benefit not only the young women in attendance but also the Streetwise team themselves. The aim of this course was to build their confidence and self-worth and to help change their circumstances for the future.

The Streetwise team identified the beneficiaries through a referral process. These young women accessed the project seeking support and advice on matters including confidence, self-esteem and anxiety. These women were at risk of becoming “invisible” in a busy cityscape, and the demands on them can be greater than they can manage.

The Results

“It’s applicable to people in a range of situations and circumstances.”

The project returned positive results, with some specific outcomes for participants including:

  • Securing a job following the first workshop day.
  • Realising self-worth and capacity and securing a job with more responsibility.
  • Finding a new workplace and being happier than in previous employment.
  • Deciding to follow dream and study Fashion at university.
  • Asking for a pay rise – and getting it!

The young women have realised their self-worth and are now determined to develop themselves, as shown through their positive feedback on the course.

“I have begun achieving my goals and objectives and continue to work towards them more. I now know it is okay to be proud of myself and my achievements.”

“This programme has been great, and I have experienced being around positive people. I now feel it is possible and worth meeting new people and finding friends.”

“I’ve learned that I have to be the one to make a change in my life and did so by leaving my job I was unhappy in to do better paid temporary work.”

“I have realised my values a lot more and they have become clearer. I have also managed to get a better job while taking part in this programme and I’m glad as I like my new job.”

Training for Everyone

The feedback given by the Streetwise team echoed the young women’s positive appraisal:

“Having experienced these kinds of activities and exercises for ourselves means we can relate in better ways to personal development. We now have more experience at working this way and know what it is like on the receiving end.”

“This will inform our skills in the future in how we work both in one to ones and in group work settings with young people.”

“The opportunity has deepened our tool kits as youth workers and has benefited each of us personally. I feel much more positive and forgiving for myself, I am more assertive and am much more aware of self-care.”

These results showed that all participants met the personal goals that they set at the start of the project.

The young women shared that they had:

  • Increased their confidence.
  • Changed their mindsets for the better.
  • Developed their assertiveness.
  • Reduced their social isolation and anxiety.

As well as the above many of the women have progressed in their careers, something we had set as a target at the start of the project.

Paving the Way for the Future

“The programme has allowed me to maintain my values whilst also focusing on new things that I’ve realised are important to me.”

Working with Streetwise was a fantastic step for our charitable outreach and paved the way for the work we’ve done since. The positive results that Sue Wild achieved with these women shows the importance of guided personal development; not only for those in a vulnerable position, but also for those that support them.

We have loved every second of working in partnership with Streetwise and would like to wish the participants all the best for the future. We have so much confidence in you!

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Positive Results for Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse Course in Oxford | Instructus

Positive Results for Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse

In June our first course for victims of domestic abuse concluded with participants reporting encouragingly positive results. The course, which took place in Oxford, saw Instructus partner with Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse, a support service that develops and delivers services for those affected by domestic abuse in Oxfordshire.

Undertaken by Springboard Consultancy trainer Pat Miller, it is the first of our charitable projects to reach completion.

From the evaluation, 100% of the participants reported feeling more confident and that they had more control over their futures.

The Results in Full

In addition to the impressive results, participants were enthusiastic about the benefits of undertaking the course. Feedback included:

“I really enjoyed the programme. I gained a positive understanding of certain aspects that have taken place in my life. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I now have taken my past and allowed it to make a stronger version of me.”

“Overall it was an amazing experience, and I would highly recommend it for all age groups and backgrounds. Although I was the youngest of the group, I felt my opinions were still valued and that is important.”

“An amazing course that has enriched and enlivened me at such an important and significant time.”

With the Oxford programme we were also able to support Yellow Submarine, a charity that supports children and adults with learning disabilities and autism. They provided the catering for the programme which was co-staffed by adults with learning disabilities, providing them with employment and opportunities to learn and grow as individuals.

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Instructus are continuing to develop a range of programmes for charities, community groups and businesses that could benefit from our support. Click here to learn more about what we do ⇢

“It’s about offering the same service and opportunities to all”
Yvonne Coolbear, Suffolk Constabulary

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Instructus Working in Partnership to Provide Vital Training for Domestic Abuse Victims | Instructus

Instructus Working in Partnership to Provide Vital Training for Domestic Abuse Victims

Research indicates that 1 in 4 UK women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives, with up to 80% of those returning to abusive relationships.

The rate of domestic violence cases is increasing year-on-year, showing a national need to support the underserved victims who would not otherwise receive the support they need to permanently break free from domestic abuse.

Instructus have partnered with Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse and trainer Pat Miller to provide a Springboard Consultancy course to victims of domestic abuse in Oxfordshire. Further partnerships working with Aspire Oxford and A2Dominion Housing Group provided a venue and further referrals for the course. With government funding cuts for services there are no other resources available to fund this type of empowerment programme.

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Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse is a local support service that develops and delivers services for those affected by domestic abuse in Oxfordshire. They also provide training across the UK, with a nationally recognised multi-agency approach to tackling abuse and exploitation. It’s their aim to develop a coordinated approach to keeping people safe.

Additional courses are being supported by Instructus and planned in Milton Keynes (in partnership with MK-Act Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) and Kettering. In total, we expect to support over 30 women who have been victims of domestic abuse.

The intended aims of the workshops are:

  • Reduce the rate that women return to abusive relationship from 80%. Pat’s previous courses have reduced this to 11%.
  • Give delegates increased confidence, self-esteem and optimism for the future.
  • Create safe social groups for the delegates, providing extra support both during the course and beyond.

As this project is in progress the specific outcomes are not yet known. However, the workshops that have already been running have reported positive results in terms of improved confidence, community building and providing a supportive network.

The first course has now been completed – click here for the results ⇢

“It’s about offering the same service and opportunities to all”
Yvonne Coolbear, Suffolk Constabulary

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