This is just one ‘good practice’ example. We do not necessarily expect that all applicants will be able to replicate this level of detail.

Project description

  • A programme designed to improve the life chances and outcomes for 16 care leavers through a range of training and support.

Aims

  • To improve the confidence of care leavers
  • To improve the mental and emotional health of care leavers
  • To deliver NVQ training that improves their employability

Need and demand

  • Various studies (quote them) have indicated that care leavers are less confident, suffering more mental and emotional health issues than the general population. This occurs as a result of….
  • The unemployment rate amongst care leavers nationally is x% compared with y% of the general population
  • We have a waiting list of care leavers (details; numbers) who want to access a variety of courses but have no funding to do so

Objectives / planned actions

  • We will run a programme of weekly sessions for 18 weeks that address self-esteem and build confidence
  • We will provide 3 qualified counsellors who will be available for the care leavers, providing up to 6 individual appointments for each care leaver, to help address mental and emotional issues
  • We will provide NVQ training sessions run by 2 qualified trainers in 3 subject areas, each leading to an NVQ level 2 award (8 x 3 hour training sessions per subject)

Costs

  • Will include: trainers fees; facility hire; equipment and materials; administration and staff costs; NVQ (exam) fees
  • We are including a request for 8% of the project costs as a contribution to our organisation’s overheads (see attached sheet of organisation costs that exceed this 8% figure)

Actions

  • Sign up care leavers; recruit trainers; book facilities; run programmes, etc. (See Objectives/planned actions above)

Outputs

what has been done/delivered – easily measured

  • 16 care leavers signed up and attending sessions (with average 75% attendance rate)
  • 18 weekly confidence sessions held by December
  • Number of passes at NVQ level 2
  • Provision of 16 x 6 counselling opportunities

Outcomes

changes in feelings, behaviour or knowledge resulting from your project; benefits to people or communities

  • By December, 80% of attendees will express that they feel more confidence than at the start of the programme
  • By December, 50% of those attending 6 sessions of counselling will express improved feelings, as measured on CORE forms (emotional/mental health assessment questionnaires)
  • By March of following year, 50% will have had job interviews and 25% will be in employment