West Kent YMCA (Charity No 803529) Helping Young People Build Their Future

The Horizon Project

Horizon assists young people who are NEET by providing training in plumbing, carpentry, functional skills; helping them to secure further training, apprenticeships and work. Intense character development takes place daily in the workshop and community as trainees take part in the DofE Scheme.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (803529)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,000

Amount raised

£2,290

Donations

17

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment

    Helping

Location

  • 'be prepared to read the report of the year!"

    — Dave Cotton- City and Guilds Veririfer

  • ‚ÄúI feel like I‚Äôve got my son back ‚Äì Thank you!‚Äù

    — Parent of Trainee

  • ‚ÄúI‚Äôve never been good at anything before, and I‚Äôve passed! Kushti!‚Äù

    — Young Person

  • 'be prepared to read the report of the year!"

    — Dave Cotton- City and Guilds Veririfer

  • “I feel like I’ve got my son back – Thank you!”

    — Parent of Trainee

  • “I’ve never been good at anything before, and I’ve passed! Kushti!”

    — Young Person

Situation

The need is reflected in the Kent Children and Young People's Plan in which: ‘They want to see every young person achieve their full potential through offering appropriate educational and vocational provision, providing effective multi-agency support for the most vulnerable, and promoting opportunities to participate fully within their community’. Government Statistics for the South East show that Kent had the highest number of young people permanently excluded from school.

Solution

60% of Horizon trainees have been excluded from school, 20% are in danger of exclusion, 90% have Maths and English skills problems and ADHD concentration issues, isolating them further from the help that they need. Horizon has a 12 year track record of transforming the lives of 800 disadvantaged young people, making a lasting difference. We maintain a 95% attendance rate and last academic year 90% of trainees went onto further training employment or education.