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2023 - 2026 Grant Offer


2023 - 2026 Young People Target


Project name: HEAD2WORK through CashBack / The Anchor Highland CashBack

Age range: 13 – 21 years

Number of Young People Project expects to work with: 435

Strand 1 – Barnardo’s HEAD2WORK will work with 300 young people aged 14-21.
Barnardo’s HEAD2WORK through CashBack will deliver an integrated personal development, health and employability focussed project, meeting the aim of diverting young people (YP) from anti-social/criminal behaviour.

Our tailored activities/interventions have been co-designed with YP to address these barriers through intensive 1:1 support and an interactive 8-week programme for YP aged 14 – 21, across 7 local authority areas.

HEAD2WORK will focus on three key areas of support:

Health and Wellbeing – YP will participate in a range of activities that will promote their wellbeing. This will include a range of fun activities that will promote healthy lifestyles that will be developed in conjunction with participants. This may include group activities, mindfulness techniques, meditation sessions, healthy cooking, dance, creating films or music, and exercise.

Money Management – We will use our bespoke money management programme, developed alongside Hymens Robertson to support YP.

Personal/Skills Development – Activities will build the soft/core/vocational skills of YP and will include work placements/volunteering opportunities; CV/interview techniques; employer visits/presentations. We will offer recognised/accredited qualifications including Youth Achievement or Personal Development Awards.

Following successful graduation from HEAD2WORK, those young people progressing to a positive destination will be offered in-work support/guidance. Those young people not moving in an immediate positive destination will be offered ongoing employability support.

Strand 2 – Barnardo’s Anchor Highland CashBack Project will work with 135 young people aged 13 to 18.

The Anchor Highland CashBack Project is a community-based hub in Inverness, with a targeted, assertive outreach/response team focusing on individuals subjected to exploitation aged primarily 13 to 18.

The Anchor programme will focus on three key areas of support:

Street Work – The team engage with young people through street work, building trusting relationships by identifying needs and providing information and advice. The Anchor Hub building is accessible in evenings and weekends, offering a safe space where young people receive hot food and refreshments.

Alternative Space – The Hub offers an alternative space for young people, to reduce the number of young people congregating in unsafe locations and who risk involvement in anti-social behaviours and becoming targets for criminal/sexual perpetrators. Anchor also provides telephone and text services.

A trauma informed, rights based, relational approach – This activity underpins our work with young people. By listening to them, we promote their strengths and assets and what matters to them and ensure that young people’s needs are identified, and they receive timely, responsive support to reduce the risk of problems escalating and the need for increasing statutory intervention.

Anchor is part of a wider Highland partnership, facilitating access to support, including education, training and employment, health services, first aid, sexual health, naloxone and Through Care, After Care Pathways.

Areas where project will be delivered:

Aberdeen City; Dundee City; Edinburgh City; Highland; North Ayrshire; Perth & Kinross; Renfrewshire

Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Please find a link here to Barnardo’s Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) in respect of this CashBack for Communities project.