CashBack – Towards New Futures commenced on the 10th of April with 24 engaged and a core group of 18 attending every day.
CashBack – Towards New Futures, delivered by Rangers Charity Foundation, is three weeks into its first course of Phase 6. It has been an action-packed start for the 24 candidates participating, where they have been covering areas such as:
- Breaking down barriers to employment
- One-to-one interview/induction sessions with all participants
- Physical well-being sessions
- Working on their SQA awards
The young people have participated in an early workshop with the Rangers Charity Foundation Trauma Counselling Service and are now aware of the support available to them during the course duration and beyond.
We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue with our CashBack project and it’s been a phenomenal start to phase 6 with 20+ young people looking to change their lives through our programme. At this early stage we have already managed to move 4 young people into a positive destination through working in collaboration with our amazing CashBack partners. We have also had a strong uptake in our trauma counselling service, helping improve the mental wellbeing of our young people.Derek Rhoddan, CashBack Co-ordinator
The CashBack – Towards New Futures cohort have been busy in the first three weeks, already linking in with local organisations and completing training. The participants had the Wheatley Group come in to talk about possible apprenticeship opportunities, and 12 young people have signed up with the Lennox Partnership for additional employability support. Nine young people signed up with Vocational Educational Resource Group to do the CSCS card training test, and 17 completed First Aid for Mental Health accredited training. They have also participated in sessions from Police Scotland’s Pitchin’ In team.
Rangers Charity Foundation Community Programmes Manager and CashBack Co-ordinator, Jamie Duncanson, met with staff from Access to Industry to further strengthen the partnership working to support young people on liberation from HMP Polmont Young Offenders Institute.
We were delighted to be included in the Phase 6 Project and receive funding that allows us to continue the great employability work we do supporting young people to re-engage, gain accredited qualification, achieve positive destinations, and ultimately change their lives for the better. We will continue to liaise with various prison services, including HMP Polmont YOI, to support clients being liberated and help them stop the recycling of criminal activities.Jamie Duncanson, RCF Community Programmes Manager