We are now entering the third month of the Sanctuary Supported Living Get on Track for Employability programme and because of start times and other factors, the groups are all at different stages of the delivery. What is common across all four sites is the progress that the young people are making.

Some of the key activities that have taken place this month include First Aid training for all the participants and the groups have started attending employability days at venues near where they live to explore opportunities for work. You can look back at how the programme got on previously here

Weston-super-Mare

The team in Weston have been the first group to complete their programme. Before their final celebration event they completed a First Aid training course and finished their ASDAN qualifications. For their employability day they visited Cheddar Gorge to learn more about working life and also to test themselves on the climbing ropes there!  

At the GO event, the team were provided with certificates on completion of the programme and celebrated with friends and staff from Sanctuary Housing and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. 

Sanctuary Supported Living Project Worker Carris Pickup said:

Get on Track has been a huge success and everyone I’ve spoken to has really enjoyed working with the athletes.

I have seen a significant improvement in the self-esteem of those who have taken part and I know they are looking forward to building on the skills they have learned in the future.

Brighton

For one of their sessions this month, the group went to their local football club, Brighton & Hove Albion FC. This was an opportunity for the group to not only see & experience their local football team’s impressive stadium but to also explore the potential business and employability opportunities the stadium has to offer.

The other session saw the group engage in a boxing and fitness session delivered by ex pro boxer Hannah Beharry followed by a fun social afternoon down at their local Hollywood Bowl. Hannah took them through a warm up and boxing drills
using the pads and hanging bags. Throughout, the group were tested by not only pushing themselves physically, but by having to work together, listen to instructions and remain professional.

Morgan, who has attended every single session of the programme, said:

It was fun to be in a gym and have a go at something new, I realised how unfit I am but I really enjoyed pushing myself and learning something new.

Banbury


In Banbury the group have working hard on planning their social action project and also on their ASDAN qualifications. In each session, the athlete mentors Liz Cann and Anna Turney include activities that lift the group's energy and also to continue to develop their ability to communicate with their team members, share their ideas and have the opportunity to lead the group as well. They then always discuss again how these qualities and skills are applicable in their working life for the future.

Hartlepool

Up in Hartlepool the group have been hard at work looking at their CVs and focussing on doing more job applications. To do this, they visited the local library which is great for a change of scene and also introduces other resources that are open to the group to use.

Following the library trip the group went out to play tennis which was great as the group really appreciate the physical activity sessions and they always get great engagement. Later this month the group will be visiting the marina in Hartlepool for the Employability day.


It's been amazing to read and hear about some of the successes on the programme, which is only about half way through currently. Stories such as Liam's, who, inspired by the athletes on the programme, has already seen his confidence grow since starting Get on Track

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You can find out more about the services Sanctuary Supported Living provide for young people on their website.