“Taking part in Butterfly has been life-changing, I feel so much more confident, it’s given me the time and space that I needed away from my ‘real life’ to assess what I want from life. My new life starts today.”
— Amy 16

Butterfly helps to build the self-esteem and confidence of girls and young women, in addition to raising aspirations and providing education about relationships and sex.

Butterfly is delivered as a specialist six-session program or through 1-2-1 coaching/mentoring for girls and young women with particular difficulties or demonstrating risky behaviour. 

Everything covered links to the development of confidence, self-esteem, aspirations and life skills. The sessions cover subjects such as body image, strengths, contraception, relationships, decision-making and the challenges they face.

As a result of taking part:

·     88% were able to identify the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship

·     82% feel more confident in seeking advice or asking for help

·     75% reported being prepared to deal with the pressures of life

·     68% were able to identify possible risks and how to manage them

Reality        Check

“I didn’t care before, I was rude to the teachers and my parents, but taking part in Reality Check has made me check myself and my attitude.”

— Reece 15

Reality check uses interactive workshops and podcasting to engage with young people to help improve their behaviour, attitudes and raise attainment. It enables young people to look at their current behaviours and give themselves a ‘reality check.’

Reality Check is delivered as a specialist six-session program or through 1-2-1 coaching/mentoring for those requiring specialist support. 

The project uses engaging techniques to enable young people to think about the consequences and risks associated with the choices that they make.  The interactive workshops enable young people to explore their behaviour and attitudes, why they do the things they do and how they can make changes. Interactive workshops cover a range of topics. 

As a result of taking part:

·     87% said they feel more excited about their futures

·     70% said that their attitude and/or behaviour had improved

·     68% feel more confident in seeking advise or asking for help

Inspire Me

“The Gifted got me out of my house and doing something positive; I learnt about podcasting and set up a twitter page”
— Sophie 22

Inspire Me – Learn, Interact and Podcast provides practical training in radio and podcast production for those who are not in education training or employment. The course improves self-confidence, self-esteem and employability skills.

The programme tricks participants into learning by teaching participants transferable skills whilst creating a podcast, they will learn to turn up on time, work as part of team, create radio friendly music, develop presentation skills and practice interviewing.

The course covers all aspects of podcast production including how to plan and edit a show, recording and interview techniques and how to select music.  By the end of the course each participant will present and produce their own podcast and take it away on a USB stick.

This can be delivered as a 2, 3 or 5 day course.

As a result of taking part:

·     93% feel more excited about their futures

·     86% said they felt more confident about attending job interviews and preparing applications

·     82% felt their speaking and listening skills had improved

·     22% moved into paid employment