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The Big Give #ChristmasChallenge21

The Big Give #ChristmasChallenge21

The Big Give #ChristmasChallenge21

Research from the DofE (2020) shows that just over half (54%) of young people who finish Key Stage 4 in an Alternative Provision school go on to a sustained post-16 destination, compared to 94% of those attending mainstream schools. Without making a successful transition post-16, these more vulnerable pupils are at risk of being exploited into gang involvement, county-lines activity or serious violence. That’s why Inspired Directions School (IDS) needs your help. 

Based in Dalston, Hackney, IDS provides education for up to 15 of Hackney’s most vulnerable young people who struggle to access mainstream education and may have been excluded – many of whom are perceived to be on the ‘school to prison pipeline. Our alternative provision supports students towards Functional Skills and GCSE certificates, as well as vocational courses with delivery partners, work experience, employability workshops and mentoring. We take a personalised approach to learning, offering holistic support and a clear progression route into further education or training at 16, giving students the chance to believe in themselves and achieve their full potential. Our combination of therapeutic support and academic learning provides an environment where young people can develop their characters and skills for the future. 

 

James Scroby Teaching Assistant

 

James is a former student and details his experience at Inspired Directions School  

“After being excluded from school and going through a few different provisions, Inspire felt different, I think this is because they always persevered and didn’t give up on us. We didn’t understand always at the time, but they were always sowing seeds that helped us build confidence and social skills, lots of little lessons you don’t get immediately. It is only later you realise these lessons and utilise them in other situations and contexts, which you then feel better prepared for.  

Even after leaving, Inspire felt like an accessible and welcoming place, I felt able to come back to seek advice, which I did. Outside of Inspire I completed a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) and did general labouring, picking up a range of new skills and experience. 

I also started volunteering at Inspire, then a job came up, I applied and got it. I was able to use the other skills I learnt and experienced to help the new young people to develop their skills, confidence, and experience to feel more work-ready.  

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More importantly, I knew how young people could feel and had no misgivings or assumptions about what it might take to reach and engage them. It felt really good to be able to give back and make a difference somewhere I benefited from; I feel a strong affinity with the students here. I understand the feelings around leaving school with little prospect of qualifications and other aspirations at first and how you feel like you are in a hole and have totally failed.  

However, I don’t believe that is ever true, it is never absolute as long as you pick yourself back up and keep trying, that is the most important thing I learnt at Inspire.”  

James is now working as a mechanic. 

IDS are taking part in the Big Give #ChristmasChallenge21 

For seven days from 30th November – 7th December, supporters of IDS have the opportunity to have their donation doubled! We have acquired £2,500 in donations from two of their corporate partners, Linklaters LLP and Hammerson, which act as ‘pledge’ funds. And then The Childhood Trust kindly matched this, as our ‘champion’ funder. This means we have a total of £5,000 in our pot, and this will be gradually ‘unlocked’ as we raise donations. In order to unlock and receive the full £5,000, we need to completely match this with donations!  

All money raised in the #ChristmasChallenge21 will help us to expand their careers provision for our students this year, providing crucial support at a time when their futures are feeling increasingly uncertain. If you have anything to spare this holiday season, please consider donating to the campaign – https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a056900001v1hcNAAQ  

And with every £20 donation made to IDS’s #ChristmasChallenge21 campaign, you will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 x JetBlue flights to a destination of your choice within their flight routes (including New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles & Puerto Rico!) 

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