childrenImproving Futures Project Brief

Wolverhampton Improving Futures has been developed across a strategic partnership of voluntary and community organisations with WVSC acting as the Accountable Body for the Big Lottery funding award. Core partners include Chance UK, The Haven, Hope Community Project, Changing Lives, YOW and Heantun Housing. There is also additional support from Wolverhampton’s Local Authority and other Third Sector aligned partners.

The project uses an early intervention strategy (based on the award winning Chance UK mentoring model) to work with children aged 5-11 years who experience behavioural and emotional problems or exhibit challenging behaviour.

Improving FuturesThe programme is focused on three geographical areas in Wolverhampton; Heath Town, Warstones and Bilston and Project Workers are located in partner organisations in these locations; Hope, Platform 51 and Heantun Housing. However, we take a citywide approach in meeting the needs of children in families experiencing domestic violence or those with parents who have Learning Difficulties and have a Project Worker based in The Haven (for Domestic Violence support and one in Heantun Housing (for parents with Learning Difficulties). The project also has a Family Support Worker who provides tailored support for families who meet the Families in Focus criteria.

We use a solution focused mentoring approach to assist children in overcoming barriers to achieving their goals. We try to carefully match all children to a mentor who enjoys similar interests – this does mean that the matching process is not always a quick one and can take a few months to ensure mentees are appropriately matched.

Meet the Team:

The Wolverhampton Improving Futures Team is comprised of a multi-skilled, diverse range of professionals with over 60 years (combined) experience working with children, families and volunteers. Led by the Project Manager; Mandy Smith (WVSC).

For more information please contact:

Name
Position
Telephone
Email
Mandy SmithProject Manager T: 01902 328977
M: 07449 472085
asmith@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk
Claire PeakeWarstones Project Worker T: 01902 341822
M: 07779 5196474
Claire.peake@changing-lives.org.uk
Ben JamesHeath Town Project WorkerT: 01902 556645
M: 07447 962256
benjames@hopefamilycentre.org.uk
Michelle BrownBilston Project WorkerT: 01902 571123
M: 07449 457872
Michelle.brown@heantun.co.uk
Jenny EdwardsCitywide Project Worker (Domestic Violence)T: 01902 572140
M: 07738 764669
jennifere@havenrefuge.org.uk
Jade ReddieCitywide Project Worker (Learning Difficulties / Disabilities)T: 01902 571100
M: 07976 715536
Jade.reddie@heantun.co.uk
Soni GrewalFamily Support WorkerT: 01902 773761
M: 07833 577699
Soni.grewal@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

Mentor Information:

Wolverhampton Improving Futures really does offer a life changing opportunity for volunteer mentors to work on a 1-2-1 basis with a child through a structured time bound programme of activities. Mentoring a young person is a fun, rewarding and at times challenging experience – and we offer training, regular supervision and 1-2-1 support to ensure you get the best experience possible. We carefully match all our mentors to children who need someone who can spend 2 – 4 hours a week; to listen, support and most importantly engage them in a range of fun, creative, varied activities.

If you think that person could be you, please complete the enclosed booking form and sign up for our Training Programme. The 3 day course covers relationship building, boundary setting, solution focused techniques and safeguarding and offers a comprehensive introduction to the mentoring programme.

Request for Intervention (Download Form Here)

If you are a teacher or parent of a child who would like to access the mentoring service please complete the form (above) and return, or if you would like to find out further information, please email: Mandy Smith at asmith@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk. Once the completed form has been received the information will be assessed against our qualifying criteria and we will be in touch with you.

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