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Stepping Up (The Bridge Foundation)

An intervention for vulnerable children making the transition from primary to secondary school.

Project summary

  • Funding awarded: £300,000
  • Duration of programme: 4 years
  • Number of beneficiaries: 337
  • Replication areas (England): Bristol
  • Partners: Creative Youth Network, Bristol Drugs Project, Empire Amateur Boxing Club, Hartcliffe and Withywood Kick Start

Intervention: Stepping Up (Youth in Transition)

Stepping Up targets vulnerable children before, during and after their transition from primary to secondary school, aiming to increase resilience, self-esteem and emotional well-being.

The project includes:

  • one-to-one counselling throughout the year from the Bridge Foundation with qualified, specialist therapists (84 young people)
  • work with larger groups of 12 to 16 children before, during and after the summer school transition period. This involves creative art work with skilled artists/tutors from Creative Youth Network (70 children), and non-contact boxing skills, games and exercise led by qualified coaches from Empire Amateur Boxing Club (84 children)
  • four residential expeditions for young people in the summer of transition, provided by Hartcliffe and Withywood Kick Start social workers and volunteers (64 children)
  • 12 months’ mentoring for young people aged 10 to 12-years-old by experienced volunteers managed by the Bristol Drugs Project (35 children).

Bristol Drugs Project and Hartcliffe and Withywood Kick Start will build on a ‘Hidden Harm’ programme – working with children in families where there is parental/family substance abuse.

Delivery organisation: The Bridge Foundation

The Bridge Foundation has worked with children and parents in the most disadvantaged wards of Bristol for 20 years, providing support with qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists.

Contact details

Stepping Up