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In a programme jointly funded through the Big Lottery and European Social Funds LookwideUK delivered a 15 day programme to help develop the personal and social skills of 5 young people from All Saints College, Newcastle Bridges and Benfield School in Newcastle upon Tyne; with particular focus on improving self confidence, building relationships and communication skills.

The young people successfully used the OCN StepUp Award as a platform to take ownership of their programme and recognise their achievements by completing a programme planning project to research, plan and organise four separate programme activities of their choice.

The programme planning project enabled the young people to use and develop transferable skills relating to communication, teamwork, negotiation, budgeting, interviews, confidence, evaluation and health and safety.

During their programme the group planned and completed a range of interesting and exciting activities including:

Raft Building

Archery

Fishing

Young Driver Experience

Laser Tag

Teachers and youth workers that referred young people to the programme have commented on the progress and behaviour change they have observed:

'The programme so far has been excellent for the student. He has gained confidence and is always eager to tell us about the activities he has taken part in. I have spoken to the student at length about the additional activities over half term which he found very rewarding. He has made new friends, something which he finds very difficult in school, he is also continuing these friendships outside of the programme.'

Congratulations to all of the young people who took part.

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