Move On, are a Scottish organisation focused on supporting young people facing significant barriers in life, such as homelessness, being in care, family breakdown and physical or mental health challenges. They deliver training, support and advice to help these young people to achieve their potential, make a successful transition to adult life and to contribute fully to society.
The grant that Move On received from the Royal Bank of Scotland Skills & Opportunities Fund enabled Move On to run Make Change, a youth and community skills peer education programme for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 28. Janet Mundy explains:
“Thanks to the funding we were able to employ a development worker to train and support 15 vulnerable young people to gain the skills and confidence needed to live an independent and fulfilling life. With support, these original 15 have then gone to become role models for others facing similar challenges. 31 disadvantaged young people have been supported to co-deliver accessible, interactive workshops in schools across the central belt of Scotland, with six gaining SQA awards, and five accessing employment.
“We’ve also been able to take our successful Glasgow and Edinburgh-based programmes of peer educator-developed schools workshops into other areas in the Central Belt. We’ve built up contacts in new local authority areas to increase awareness of Move On’s work to support and help young people to gain qualifications and increase their employability. The young people attending the workshops have gained an understanding of issues around homelessness and managing their personal finances.
“As a result of running workshops in secondary schools in North Lanarkshire, we were approached by a primary school in the area to deliver age-appropriate workshops to 150 pupils. This gave us the opportunity to pilot and evaluate workshops for this age group. The feedback from both pupils and teachers was excellent.”
“It was fun and made you realise how to take care of money”, explains one young participant.
“I learned about different payments, and what skills you need for certain jobs.”
Over 700 young people in schools and community settings in four different local authority areas have increased understanding of budgeting and housing issues and other life skills as a result of the grant that the Skills and Opportunities Fund has provided to back the Make Change project.
Commenting on the success of the initiative, Janet said:
"I feel the workshops had a great impact on the young people, who have a high risk of disengagement from school, by offering a more informal style of learning around important issues that affect young people."
As well as receiving financial support from the bank, Move On has also benefitted from additional support from Royal Bank of Scotland graduate volunteers:
“Our relationship with the graduates, who chose Move On as their charity of the year, continues to thrive,” confirms Lorna Wharton. They recently held an employability day for a group of young service users from Edinburgh and Glasgow at Gogarburn and also competed in teams to see who could raise the most money for us as part of their ‘Anniversary Challenge’ project. The winning team raised over £1,600 in 24 hours and in total, the graduates have raised over £12,000 for us during the year – with many keen to continue their involvement with Move On beyond the initial year.
“One of the biggest successes of the project has been the dual relationship established with the Royal Bank of Scotland, both as a funder and corporate partner. The interest and enthusiasm shown by everyone representing the bank has enabled Move On to develop both a schools programme in new geographic areas, and to establish a pattern of fundraising and volunteering activities for corporate partners.”