Celebrating our first all female ‘Get on Track’ programme

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Last week we celebrated the success of Bristol’s first ever all female ‘Get on Track’ programme. Referral partners, programme staff and supporting organisations attended to see the achievements of the group. We delivered their 5th ‘Get on Track’ in partnership with Wesport. Eleven young women completed the five week transformational programme, all from challenging backgrounds who experienced complex barriers to education, employment and training. As part of the programme the group are encouraged by elite athlete mentors to push themselves out of their comfort zones. The all-female mentors included lead athlete Annie Vernon supported by Phillippa Tuttiett and Jemma Lowe.

Over the five weeks the group covered some of the following sessions to help them become more employable and get their lives back on track using sport as a tool, but also learning about wider transferable skills:

Active Kids for All – Inclusive Community Training: Sports Coach UK accredited training helped to improve the group’s knowledge, competence and confidence in delivering sports – based activities to disabled people.

Workplace visit to Ashton Gate / Bristol Sport stadium: The all-female group were taken on a tour of the recently developed stadium, learning the importance of being part of team in a workplace.

Bath Sports Training Village Day: The Tribe Team delivered a vast array of sports activities for the group in some of the best facilities to elite athletes in the West of England.

Sexual Health and Wellbeing education workshop: Brook enabled the group to speak about relationships and how to stay healthy in a fun and relaxed workshop.

Square Food Foundation cookery and nutrition workshop: Making their own lunch and learning how to cook well on a budget, Square Food team gave the group some great skills to take home and use.

Mock Interviews – Bristol Learning City: Supported by Bristol Learning City, Learning Ambassadors delivered mock interviews in a ‘speed dating’ style in the group’s final week.

We are thankful to an overwhelming response of Learning Ambassadors from Bristol Learning City and volunteers from their organisations for the mock interview session. Bethan Turner, a Staff Development Advisor for the University if Bristol said:

I wanted to say how much i enjoyed the ‘Get on track session, and how much I learnt from it – from the girls themselves, from the staff in charge and from the other volunteers. it was the first time id volunteered for a programme such as this and found the experience thought provoking and inspiring.

One Learning Ambassador, Ros Farrel from Redfield Educate Together is supporting the group with a live work placement. This partnership working helps to develop our links with opportunities to ensure the graduates have access to positive progressions.

All eleven young women have progressed into positive progressions with two of the graduates moving onto the Coachmakers education programme. Previous programmes have seen real success stories from young people who have joined Coachmakers following the ‘Get on Track’ programme.

Look out for our next programme taking place in Cornwall soon.