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Design and Creation: Expression of Interest

Background

Chance UK supports children aged 5-12 with emotional and behavioural difficulties, providing a solution focused mentoring programme delivered by community volunteers in London (and through a franchise arrangement in Liverpool and Monmouthshire). The majority of children are referred to us from schools, Pupil Referral Units and other agencies, because their behaviour has become too challenging for the school to manage and they have been excluded or risk exclusion from school.

To strengthen our work with the child we also work with parent/carers to develop strategies in the home that will support the child’s progress during the mentoring year and beyond, as well as addressing their own issues.

STEPS Mentoring Programme

Chance UK are launching a new mentoring programme funded by Islington CCG and the Department of Health. STEPs (Secondary Transition Empowerment Programme) is a 6-9 month mentoring programme which targets young people who have been affected by Adverse Childhood Experience and are accessing or have accessed SEMH support. These children must all be living or going to school in Islington and be experiencing the transition between primary and secondary school.

The move from primary to secondary school has been highlighted in research as one of the most difficult periods in a child’s educational journey, daunting for even the most resilient of pupils.  Children who struggle to make a successful transition, particularly vulnerable children experiencing the impact of other stressful and traumatic events in their lives, are more likely to be adversely affected. Studies regularly associate transition with an increased risk of poorer attendance, lower grades, school disengagement, reduced confidence and self-esteem, and increased symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The project will provide solution focused mentoring for 20 children a year over 6-9 months (60 in total over three years). The mentor and child, in partnership with the parent and project staff, will consider strategies to help overcome challenges that lie ahead in order to facilitate a successful transition to secondary school. In addition to mentoring, group sessions bringing together children participating in the new project will be delivered by project staff, enabling children to build their resilience and confidence and social skills in a supported environment.

Parents/carers will be supported through workshops and one-to-one sessions with Parent Programme Managers aimed at increasing understanding of the transition journey, the concerns of the child and to consider practical steps to support the child at home both during the transition and in the future.

By delivering solution focused mentoring to children during the period across the life changing event of transferring to secondary school, we believe that pupils will feel empowered and more confident as they enter/complete year 7. The mentoring delivered by trained volunteers, will go hand-in-hand with group work and parental support, to focus on encouraging the child to deal with underlying anxieties and support them to develop the skills to connect with others. The programme will also offer practical support around social media, effective planning and developing organisational skills, which we know can be challenging areas for children with SEMH needs.

Requirements

We are looking for a consultant to partner to help us create:

  • Design learning outcomes for the group sessions
  • Development of small group workshops on: understanding change, identifying and managing feelings, healthy relationships and practical tools for the transition into secondary school
  • Development of 2 parent/carer workshops to enable support for the child as they transition between schools.
  • Development of training materials for mentors so they are able to understand the needs of children affected by trauma who are experiencing change.

Budget: £8,500

Process/Timeline

Deadline for completed EOI: 21st November 

Interviews/Clarifications: 22nd – 26th November

Contract Start/End Date: ASAP to be completed by January 2020

Contact Details

To register your interest, submit EOIs or clarify any aspect of this tender please contact

Sophie Bainton

sophie.bainton@chanceuk.com

0207 281 5858 extension 227

Trustee Vacancies (Voluntary Role)

The Chance UK team are passionate about creating child-centred, solution-focused interventions which make a difference. We are a forward thinking team, creatively looking at ways of adapting and growing our programmes, whilst continuing to deliver best practice.

We are looking for two committed Trustees  – one with expertise in Fundraising and one with experience in Communications or Evaluation who share our values, to join the Board during this time of growth and change.

For further information please see the attached job description

Trustee Role Description 

Evaluation Expression of Interest

We are looking for an evaluation partner to help us assess our new Secondary Transition Empowerment Programme (STEPs) which is funded by Islington CCG and the Department of Health.

STEPs is a 6-9 month mentoring programme which targets young people who have been affected by Adverse Childhood Experience and are accessing or have accessed SEMH support. These children must all be living or going to school in Islington and be experiencing the transition between primary and secondary school.

We are looking for an evaluation partner to help us assess:

  • How we have met the overall project objective of supporting vulnerable children during the transition into secondary school.
  • Impact of the programme on children and families
  • Impact of the programme on mentors
  • Impact of the project for schools and professionals and how these are evidenced
  • Any unintended benefits or consequences of the programme
  • Any “system-wide learning” which can be shared with schools, Local Authorities and CCGs to help shape support offered to children during this time of transition.

For further information please click here: Expression of Interest Chance UK Evaluation of STEP programme 2019

Volunteering opportunities:

Chance UK is looking for volunteer mentors!

If you’d like more information about mentoring with Chance UK please visit our Become a Mentor section where you will find all the details of how to apply. We hope to hear from you soon!