It’s always great to hear from charities who have benefited from a £3,000 YPI grant, whether just to say thank you or to let us know what they’ve used their money for.
This week, we received an email from Glasgow-based charity Move On, who offer a range of services providing advice, training, guidance and support to enable vulnerable young people and those affected by homelessness. The charity focuses on enabling these young people to unlock their potential and achieve a range of positive outcomes, such as securing or progressing towards a job, accessing and sustaining a home, building confidence, growing support networks and increasing life skills.
During the 2014/15 academic year, a team of girls from St Andrew’s RC Secondary school in Glasgow secured the £3,000 YPI winning grant when they impressed the judges and audience during their final. In June this year, Move On then used the money to set up a computer suite in their central Glasgow office to support their service users carry out a number of tasks they may not be able to elsewhere. The charity’s literacy tutors run regular workshops for the groups of young people using online resources to help them with literacy and numeracy as well as helping to develop IT skills through the use of email, web browsing, and word processing, giving service users the opportunity to gain an SVQ in core skills.
As well as this, Move On’s money and debt advisers help young people register for benefits and tax credits online, as well as supporting young people with job searches, CV preparation and submission, registration with employment agencies and researching potential employers.
It only took a few months before Move On started noticing achievements of their service users. Daniel (not his real name) goes to Move On regularly to improve his spelling and other aspects of I.T. He visits for one hour per week and has been attending since the computers were installed. He has been learning to send emails and add attachments, as well as going over some things he had already learnt during other courses in college. He has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia, however members of the Move On team have assured him that this is not a disadvantage and he is not going to let it hold him back.
Recent statistics, below, as provided by Move On show the outcomes that the computers and subsequent IT skills have had on their service users. In the second quarter of the 2015/16 year, 44 young people received support with more than 50% increasing their confidence, and over a third improving their IT skills. Almost half of these people have achieved SVQs and 26 have achieved volunteering, employment or college opportunities through their use of IT at the charity.
Well done Move On, and YPI Scotland wishes you all the success with your computer suite. Are you a charity that has benefited from a YPI grant? What have you used the £3,000 for? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.