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Stockport Local Fund ensures Great Minds Together’s work continues with young people

Stockport Local Fund ensures Great Minds Together’s work continues with young people

Great Minds Together has a large focus on social, emotional wellbeing and life skills. Interventions focused on self-confidence and growth mindset, to promote aspirations and vocational opportunities for all members of the family.

Stockport based Great Minds Together have received financial support from the Stockport Local Fund to help them in their work with young people at risk of being drawn into crime and violence.

The funding will be used to pay for resources for Prevention and Intervention including Growth Mindset Booklets, diaries and workbooks, practical items for hubs in schools including sensory items, classroom equipment, money for trips and learning opportunities. It would also be used to provide resources and materials to be able to create drop ins and parent hubs, rent and other costs associated to accessing training and therapy rooms, courses and materials, cost of DBS checks for volunteers, printing and marketing materials.

Considering guidance within “Safeguarding children and young people who may be affected by gang activity – Department for children, schools and families”, and under the ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families’ –(DOH, 2002) the organisation identifies young people who are involved, or likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour, criminality and violence.

Greater Manchester has an established and significant organised crime network and gang culture. Many children in areas of Greater Manchester, such as Stockport are living in poverty with high rates of deprivation. Great Minds Together already work alongside parents and carers, schools, services and community groups in the local areas, as well as statutory organisations including GMP and youth justice. Their multi-agency team are able to identify young people at risk of criminality and exploitation as part of the assessment and triage process. Great Minds Together provide intervention and prevention services to aid motivation, engagement and attainment, increase self-confidence and employability, in turn reducing crime and increasing understanding of the risks for young people.

Their unique model provides a central wraparound co-ordinator for the family as well as targeted mentor support for the young person and parents, promoting a multi-systemic approach. They understand what the world looks like from a young person’s perspective, implementing bespoke intervention support in line with their aspirations, whilst linking with other organisations that we are partnered with such as Manchester City in the community a, Apple and New Skills Academy.

Great Minds Together has a large focus on social, emotional wellbeing and life skills. Interventions focused on self-confidence and growth mindset, to promote aspirations and vocational opportunities for all members of the family. They provide a Tradership programme which offers CPD certifications, work-based learning and Growth Mindset to increase opportunities and employability for young people pre and post 16.

Their unique model also creates opportunities within the local area for professional’s to increase and/or gain experience in various elements of the programme, such as; Education, Social Care, Housing, Domestic Violence, Safeguarding as well developing administration and relationship building skills, by offering professional volunteer opportunities.

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