Young Person of the Year – Kacey Dart

Kacey signed up to our fully-funded Essential Life Skills Programme from the first day of delivery offering to lead the Youth Volunteer Programme and has done a brilliant job of coordinating and organising the programme.

Kacey is an outstanding young person who has shown incredible resilience and through huge adversity in her life has grown to be an exemplary young person who now inspires and leads other young people to fulfil their potential on a number of platforms including a successful role as a Young Advisor at DMBC, an apprentice support worker for Open Cast working daily with some of the most disengaged young people in the borough and being the Lead Youth Volunteer at our Essential Life Skills funded youth sessions coordinating activities and helping attendees with their life obstacles through mentorship.

Kacey has used her growing strength to help other struggling young people and recently became an apprentice teaching assistant at Open Cast centre for disengaged young people.

Recently she applied to become a Young Advisor for Doncaster and was short listed from a huge amount of applicants and ultimately successful in securing her position, she seizes this opportunity with both hands and takes to the meetings the real problems young people have told her to try and advocate change.

We were one of the main sponsors at the Civic Mayor Awards on the 11th of April at which Kacey was named Doncaster’s Young person of the year!

LGBT+ Inclusion Conference on the 21st of June

Learn how to lead on LGBT+ Inclusivity in your school!

We have helped to fund two half-day conferences for professionals working with young people, with the morning focusing on KS1/2 and primary, and the afternoon for KS3/4 and after. It is FREE to attend for Doncaster borough educators.

The amazing keynote speaker will be Claire Birkenshaw, Patron of Think2Speak and senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.

Workshops will all be led by Think2Speak’s team of expert consultants and there will be access to resources networking.

Tickets can be booked here.

Mentoring Success!

We have funded an amazing mentoring programme with Worth Unlimited that has resulted in fantastic mentoring being delivered to 94 youngsters since the beginning of January 2019.

Theo’s story is one of courage in the face of trauma.  He lost his father in tragic circumstances when he was still a small child.  Theo is currently a Year 6 pupil and will be moving on to secondary education in September.  Theo’s headteacher asked mentor Debbie to spend regular time with Theo to help him recall times spent with his father and to support him in filling in a memory book. Debbie says, ‘We shared stories about Theo’s Daddy, from notes his Mum gave me, and we have used different crafts along the way from references in the book.  It has helped Theo to be more relaxed, calmer and to manage his anger better.’

Mentors offer an extra opportunity for young people to be listened to and encouraged to be resilient when times are tough, to grow in self-confidence and self-esteem, to develop self-control, to learn leadership skills as well as how to be a good team member, to experience well-being, to show respect and understanding to others and to aspire to be the best person that they possibly can.

If you would like to find our more about the mentoring opportunities you could take part in please visit either Worth Unlimited or Doncaster Children’s Service Trust.