Skills & Learning works with partners to deliver learning to people and groups, aged 19+, who do not normally access mainstream courses. Each year the Project and Partnership Fund is opened to bids from Third Sector and community organisations that are able to provide innovative learning opportunities to learners from priority groups particularly from areas of deprivation as measured in the government deprivation indices

The aim of the Project and Partnership Fund is:

  • To deliver high quality teaching and learning to meet individual name community needs with a particular focus on workless people wanting to improve their skills and return to work or to re-engage in the community
  • To encourage those who would not normally see themselves as learners to access learning, increase their self esteem and confidence and develop their life and work skills
  • Offer pre-employment support and raining to prepare adults for employment
  • To offer those with special needs and without formal qualifications a bridge back into learning
  • To offer a clear progression route through learning which will attract and interest the participants into further learning
  • To offer innovative learning opportunities that will engage those who do not see the benefit of learning

Projects awarded funding in 2016/17 are:

     

Bournemouth and Poole – Innervision

Dorset – Magdalen and Innervision

Innervision Coaching Ltd (Bournemouth & Poole)

The aims of the project-

This project aims to work in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council Children’s Centres and Bournemouth Schools and Poole Borough Children’s Centres in line with their remit to improve outcomes for young children and their families and reduce inequalities between families in greatest need by providing quality and evidence based programmes for personal development.

We aim to continue to provide personal development workshops led by out trained level 5 coaches developing individual skills in confidence, assertiveness, stress management, goal setting and communication skills programmes aimed at helping individuals confidently into work, volunteering or education goals. We also aim to improve confidence, communication skills and bonding within family relationships.

Innervision and Magdalen Farm – Dorset

Innervision Coaching Ltd

The aims of the project-

This project aims to work in partnership with North Dorset Children’s Centres and Council and East Dorset Children’s Centres through Action for Children alongside their remit to improve outcomes for young children and their families and reduce inequalities between families in greatest need by providing quality and evidence based programmes for personal development.

We aim to continue to provide personal development workshops led by out trained level 5 coaches developing individual skills in confidence, assertiveness, stress management, goal setting and communication skills programmes aimed at helping individuals confidently into work, volunteering or education goals. We also aim to improve communication skills and bonding within family relationships.

Magdalen Farm

The aims of the project-

24 learners in 20 families will be engaged in learning

All members of 20 families will benefit from the provision

The learning outcomes include:

  • Improved confidence
  • Parenting skills
  • Aspirations to improve the life chances of the individuals and their families.

Our approach and its effectiveness can be best described using an adaptation of the working model we call Forest School Families. This is a model we have used with various client groups since 2012. Our staff team provides positive activities valuable in themselves, and gives parents the skills they need to safely and constructively run family activities in woodlands, the open countryside or in public parks and other accessible green open spaces.

 

Essential Drug and Alcohol Service (EDAS)  – The aims of the project –

The aim is to raise the aspirations of ‘hard to reach learners’ who have a history of substance use or misuse with a specific goal of re-entry into employment, education or involvement in a voluntary capacity as a stepping stone towards paid work.

The Raising Aspirations Course provides 30 hours of workshops to include a community engagement activity which takes learners through a process of building confidence, learning to operate successfully within a team, developing a greater understanding of community activities in their local area, to mapping pathways into employment and/or further education or volunteering, whilst at the same time reinforcing Maths, English, good CV writing and ICT skills.

Many of our marginalised learners have had negative schooling and education experiences so these first steps back into education are vital for their own futures and for their children and wider family.  EDAS has embedded a culture and ethos which is Grow, Progress, Achieve and Empower.

Bournemouth People First and Magdalen

Bournemouth People First  – The aims of the project

The purpose is to develop understanding and skills that promote independent living for adults with learning disabilities. The project aims to enable learners to:

(i) enhance relationships

(ii) make informed choices

(iii) improve communication skills

(iv) be safe in the community

The learning focuses on sexual health and relationship making to enable learners to better engage personally and socially with their local community.  The need for this learning stems from the work of the Relationship Action Group from the Bournemouth and Poole Learning Disability Partnership Board and is supported by all members including Poole Borough Council, Poole Forum and Dorset NHS Foundation Trust. The LDP Big Plan highlights Relationships as one of the 3 key priorities for action to improve community access and engagement.

Magdalen Farm

The aims of the project

23 adults with learning disabilities will learn new coping skills, interpersonal skills and practical skills, leading them into a more independent future, moving into or substantially towards volunteering, employment or independent living.

The project’s secondary aim is 8-13 adults employed or volunteering in the care sector will become trained in supporting volunteering for adults with learning disabilities.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Bournemouth Dorset and Poole gives an estimate for the number of adults with learning disabilities: over 14,000 adults, including both those in learning and those not in learning.

Essential Drug and Alcohol Service (EDAS)

The aims of the project

The Life Compass programme aims to reintegrate offenders into their families. The offenders will have left prison within 180 days of start of engagement.  Many criminal justice programmes may have been set up (unconsciously) to maintain the client on the fringes of career services and of the fringes of society.

The Life Compass programmes will endeavour to reduce these barriers and draw the client to the centre or to the zone of acceptability, in terms of their own identity as an individual, as a family person and as a potential employee, by empowering the individual to improve their family dynamic and improve their future options. and become a law abiding citizen of Dorset.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Training (DAIT)

The aims of the project:

The aim is to deliver free domestic abuse courses in the local community that empower clients who have been in abusive relationships, with lifelong skills, tools and techniques to effectively make healthy choices for themselves and their children.

The course helps clients to understand what they have been through and the effects this has had on their mental health and well-being. The courses are also designed to help clients understand how an abusive relationship can effect family life, Parenting skills and relationships with other people. The courses help those that attend to avoid repeat victimisation by recognising the ‘signs’ and by helping to build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Dorset Mind

The aim of the project

To promote & develop inclusion & inter-community cohesion of local people from the LGBTI community across Dorset over the age of 19 who have developed mild to moderate mental health problems, (such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders).

These problems often develop as a direct consequence of having experienced social barriers like discrimination, harassment, hate-crime and prejudice, and as a result of being perceived as different or as a minority, e.g. lack of same sex couples advertising in the media.