Residential learning breaks for UK young people

by UK Youth

An 18-month pilot programme with young offenders shows how Avon Tyrrell Youth Achievement Foundation’s non-formal learning approach impacts on educational engagement and re-offending.

Avon Tyrrell Youth Achievement Foundation has published a report on a small-scale pilot instigated in September 2011. Staff tracked the circumstances and progression of five young offenders enrolled at the Foundation at that time.

David King, UK Youth’s Programme Development Manager comments: “We researched the backgrounds of five learners and closely monitored their progress and all interventions, introducing new strategies, based on the information we were collecting. The report includes a detailed case study for each young person.”

Headline achievements

David continues: “Although we recognise that this is a very small-scale pilot, our findings clearly demonstrate that the approach used at UK Youth’s Youth Achievement Foundations is effective for a number of young offenders.”

Key areas of impact shown are:

  • Greatly improved attendance rates in education;
  • Zero charges for offending in the 18 months following enrolment at the Foundation;
  • Vast improvements in personal and family relationships;
  • Significant improvements in behaviour;
  • Good levels of engagement in learning;
  • Notable improvements in levels of alcohol and substance misuse;
  • 80% in employment or education 18 months after start at the Foundation, compared with 20% prior to attending.

Keys to success

“There is no simple or single reason for this success,” David adds. “The Foundation’s approach is a holistic one, with experiential learning as the mainstay of the learning process. We work in small groups – a maximum of four learners to each learning mentor – and pupils develop their own individualised learning programmes, based on their interests and skills.

“Regular liaison with parents and carers is central to the way the Foundation works. This includes, for example, weekly telephone calls to say positive things about their child’s progress during the week.

“The Foundation aims to provide a positive learning environment, with celebration of success and the recognition of achievement. We also work hard to offer appropriate vocational learning opportunities to suit the abilities and interests of learners – music production or carpentry, for example.

“While there’s no one reason for our achievements, what I do know is that this progress would not be possible without the endless patience of our learning mentors! They provide positive adult role models for all the young people at the Foundation – they are recruited for their passion and ability to communicate with disengaged young people, as well as for their practical skills. The relationships they build with our learners are the bedrock of our success.”

Below is a summary of the visitors that we have at Avon Tyrrell as part of this bursary programme.

 Young Carers Project - visited early April.  They had an activity day for aged eight young carers aged 8-11 years.

A Primary School

The Bursary paid for two young people from low income families to attend AT on 17th June 2013 for a four day residential.

A College Attending AT on 11th - 13th March accessed the bursary to pay for two children from low income families

A Church in Kent Attended on the 26th December 2012 - 3rd  Jan 13 this bursary support paid for two young people’s accommodations costs for a visit to AT

Performing arts college Planning to visit 5th - 9th August 2012 – to contribute towards the cost of a young people’s group with learning difficulties doesn’t say how many young people visiting.

 Youth Centre Booked to attend on the 18th - 20th February 2013 the busary is subsidising 30 young people's places.

The Youth Club and Friday night projects Both of these groups have booked weekends to 10 young people for a weekend visit to Avon Tyrrell, in March and June I think.  

 A young carers group are booked to attend a weekend residential in March 10 of them will benefit from the subsidies this programme has provided.


So far thanks to global giving's network of kind donors this project has recieved $100.  Our bursary programme benefitted 164 young people in the last year.  This donation of $100 is equivalent to supporting 2 young people for a short intensive learning experience.  Or 1 young person for a longer experience.  On average our bursary provides support of $118 dollars per young person.  This support is vital to ensure that the most disadvantaged young people do not miss out on these 'rite of passage' type learning experiences.  When the funding from Global Giving donars reaches $120 we will be able to send our first Global Giving funded young person to the residential centre.

We had a group called the Ashley Educational Trust who used the bursary to pay for registration and materials for 10 young people aged to undertake the Junior (aged 7-11) and the Bronze YAA (14+) and 5 doing the Gold Achievement awards (14+).  They are the only supported group to have completed the YAA scheme this year and it was thanks to the extra support offered by those supporting UK Youth's Microproject.  We have also had two groups who have accessed our bursary to undertake peer education qualifications.


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UK Youth

Location: Hampshire - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Dominic Cotton
London, E14 4JB United Kingdom

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