The first group of young people in our Sanctuary Housing Get on Track programmes finished their six weeks of sessions with a GO event last week. At this event in Weston-sup-Mare we celebrated the young people's achievements on the programme and presented them with their certificates of achievement. As one of the young people said at the event:

You have helped us be the best version we can be of ourselves.

In partnership with Sanctuary Housing we have used our Get on Track for Employability programme to engage Sanctuary Housing residents between the ages of 16 – 25. The Get on Track programme aims to support young people back into work and education and it offers Sanctuary Group, in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Foundation, an excellent opportunity to support a number of our young people in supported living accommodation during 2019. 

Sophie Howe, one of the residents who took part, said:

Get on Track has helped me with building patience and my teamwork. It has also enabled me to meet new people and experience different personalities. I don’t put myself down all the time anymore and I am seeing the good in everything.

The programme has taken place over six months and has been a mixture of employability sessions and physical activity sessions which have equipped young people with skills to enable them to feel more positive about their future. The sessions were led by two of our athlete mentors,  Jack Rutter, a former England footballer, and triple jumper Michelle Griffiths Robinson.  The young people have also successfully completed an ASDAN qualification, money matters sessions and First Aid Qualifications. All young people are also given a 'Moving On' booklet, which assists them in their next steps towards independent living.

Ben Hilton, the CEO of the Trust attended the GO event.

It was a privilege to attend the Go event this evening at Weston Foyer. All the young people were incredible with their ability to interact with those attending and their confidence shone throughout. The young people on this programme have faced significant challenges and barriers in life but through their resilience and new found self-esteem, are beginning to see the best version of themselves and I’m so excited to see how they continue on their journey and how they will positively impact on those around them.

Our partnership with Sanctuary Housing Group and Sanctuary Supported Living is incredibly important to us. Young People accessing these services are facing some of the harshest of societal issues. For us to be able to work with them directly through their housing provider, breaks down some of the barriers to engage them in community programmes and tonight I have seen and heard the potential of these young people who are striving to be the change they want to see.

  

The remaining three programmes are still running in Banbury, Brighton and Hartlepool and you can follow their progress on Twitter.