FIRST POSTED ON NOVEMBER 13 2019 AT 16:06
A recent evaluation report by academics from the University of Dundee and the University of Massachusetts has found our Transition Support Service is “highly effective” in helping young people achieve independent living.
Our Transition Support Service exists to provide young people aged 14 – 25 years with additional support to confidently live an independent life, beyond includem’s support.
“We believe no young person is beyond help. Our model of support has been proven to transform the lives of thousands of young people by building trusting relationships and gradually changing the way they look at their own lives, and their behaviour patterns. Getting independent acknowledgement that our approach really works is a real boost for our staff,” said our Chief Executive, Martin Dorchester.
One of the report’s authors, the University of Dundee’s Professor Divya Jindal-Snape said:
“After talking to young people, parents, and staff, along with documented evidence we found that the service was highly effective in achieving its four goals of getting young people better engaged with the community, increasing their employability chances, building better relationships and reducing their risk of homelessness.
“All were met to a measurable degree and positive outcomes achieved despite the adversity of the young people’s lives.”
In particular the report – based on a sample of 15 young people and families taking part in the programme – praised how responsive staff were to an individual’s needs as well as having a clear understanding of the wider context of the environment they were living in.
One young person, Fiona from Glasgow, said: “I feel mentally and emotionally stable to start thinking about working. I know myself I would never have known myself by now if it wasn’t for includem.”
The full report, which was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, can be viewed here.
Summary of findings