Back on Track is our intensive, year-long support programme and is suitable for hard-to-reach young people aged 14-16 who are not attaining in or attending school.
Young people can be referred to us by a school Guidance department, Education Welfare Officers or partner organisations. Young people can join our groups for one or two days per week and will become part of a community that focuses on positive peer and adult interactions, friendship, work ethic, conservation, and personal development and self-discovery. The group is run by experienced youth workers with the support of regular volunteers.
Who is it for?
- An intensive year-long support and outdoor learning programme.
- Suitable for young people in S4 (15-16 years old)
The young people that are referred to us are:
- Not attaining in, or attending school.
- From areas of urban deprivation.
- Struggling to cope with a range of inter-related problems that affect their life-chances.
How does it work?
- The project runs every Thursday throughout the school year.
- A maximum of 8 young people to ensure we are providing a safe and nurturing learning environment.
- The young people are picked up at 8:30am and dropped off at 15:30pm from their schools in the Youth Vision minibus
- All outdoor clothing, equipment and food for the day is provided.
What does a normal day look like?
No two days at Youth Vision are quite the same and the young people have a choice in all of the activities, however a typical day might look like this:
- 10am: Arrive at the car park and discuss our personal and group goals for the day.
- 10:30am: Arrive @ Threipmuir cottage, split into small teams and begin the daily tasks: lighting the fires to boil water and cook breakfast, checking the compost toilet, unlocking all of the outbuildings, chopping firewood.
- 11am: Breakfast. During breakfast we discuss tasks for the day.
- 11am–1:30pm: Tasks & work ethic including: preparing & cooking the soup for lunch, fixing things around the cottage, building work, green woodwork, dry stone walling, gardening and exploring.
- 1:30-2:15pm: Lunch
- 2:15-3pm: Finish individual and group projects, tidy up & review the day.
Personal and social development
- One to one support sessions with a Youth Vision facilitator
- Counselling Service (Dip Counselling for children and young people BACP Member)
- Individual S.M.A.R.T goal setting
- Self reviewing skills through ‘My Circle’ process
- Healthy eating
- Building a structured routine
- Personal action plans
Employability skills and awards
- Dynamic Youth Award (SCQF Level 3)
- John Muir Discovery and Explorer awards
- Youth Vision Tool Safety Certificate
- C.V. writing workshops
- Follow-on support after completion of the programme
- Volunteering and Mentoring opportunities with Youth Vision