Urban Sense

Urban Sense will tackle combating gang culture, youth disorder, territorialism, sectarianism and provide young people the opportunities and knowledge to enable them to lead positive, healthy lifestyles and to engage fully with their education.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from to

Registered Charity in Scotland (SC025309)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Urban Sense is an early intervention project that will engage with 160 young people in year 1 and 200 young people in year 2, aged between 12 -18, in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire – an area of multiple deprivation. Urban Sense will help build their confidence and self-belief and support them to take responsibility for raising their educational aspiration and encourage them to participate in further education. They will experience, perhaps for the first time, the opportunity to take an active part in the decision making process regarding their choice of after school and leisure time activities. Urban Sense will provide; • Weekly Club Nights – providing issue based workshops including territorialism, gang violence, drugs/alcohol misuse, self harm, knife/weapons, unsociable behaviour, Anger Management, Eating disorders, school/home issues and sex education • Vocational Taster Course - youngsters will gain hands on experience and become familiar with the College environment and the courses on offer. They will be given the opportunity to try a subject of their choice, which consequently will motivate them to consider their choice of Further Education. • School support sessions – additional curriculum lessons to deliver ASDAN CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness), Bronze & Silver Award and John Muir Award. • School Holiday Programme – to encourage youngsters to work outwith their ’comfort zones’ and experience a range of exciting outdoor activities. These activities will allow staff to introduce the youngsters to new physical activities which will assist in building their confidence, leadership and team building skills. Young people will be actively involved in the decision making process regarding the choice of activities being offered. • Extensive One to One support – tailored to individuals specific needs Outcomes • 120 young people within two years will achieve one non academic qualification (recognised by employers as demonstrating transferable skills) • 40 young people will get support in achieving three Standard Grade qualifications on completing S4 • Improve young people’s confidence and self worth by building up a range of transferable life skills • Improve a young person’s engagement in the education process including reducing the number of exclusions, behaviour cards and truancy days At the end of the project young people who were disengaged or at risk of becoming so, will have a successful transition into education, training or employment. 2009/10 2010/11 Salary Cost (1 Co-ordinator & 2 Assistants) £59176 £60102 Sessional Staff Cost £7500 £11254 Premises £7500 £7500 Activities £10800 £15750 College Course £5500 £6000 Outward Bound £34000 £65000 Travel £960 £1080 Management Costs £18815 £25002 Total £144251 £191688