In Control is partnering with Mayday Trust and Blackthorn Good
Neighbours to create a unique programme for young people, their
families and the local community: BU BE AMAZING (BU).
BU aims to create thriving young people who are healthy,
motivated and feel that they have a voice in, and can actively work
and achieve within, their community.
Initially the programme will be piloted with 100 young people in
the Blackthorn area of Northampton and led by Mayday Trust. Young
people accessing this service will be on level 2 of the
vulnerability matrix used by Northamptonshire County Council.
What will BU help with?
BU will help young people who:
- May not be achieving at school
- Have poor attendance/punctuality
- Experience barriers to education or employment or have learning
- May also be experiencing tension in the family
- Be a recent victim of crime
- Have a low income or accommodation or transport issues
- Experience domestic abuse, or be a young person prone to
- Have peers involved in anti-social behaviour, low level
criminality, risky behaviour, drugs, or alcohol
- Have low-level mental health problems, low self-esteem, or lead
an unhealthy lifestyle.
The programme will follow the US 'Developmental Assets' model
for positive youth development which works on the principle that by
increasing a young person's 'assets' they are more likely to
succeed in life. It is the first programme to combine this approach
with personal budgets and also the first time in the UK personal
budgets will be used with young people at risk making this a truly
unique and innovative programme.
How will BU work?
Young people who meet the criteria for the programme will be
referred through Blackthorn Good Neighbours. They will also provide
a base for the programme and develop activities, opportunities and
services as required.
A trained personal mentor engaged by Mayday Trust will then work
with the young person to identify their strengths, aspirations and
significant networks, local resources and put together a plan that
will aim to build their assets and give them an opportunity to
integrate positively within their local community.
Young people, where needed, will also be given a personal budget
by their mentor to support them to realise their potential. Young
people will thus create their own customer-focused market of
services and opportunities.
In Control will be supporting the programme by providing
training for staff from the Mayday Trust and Blackthorn Good
Neighbours on personal budgets, developing the outcome measurement
tools and monitoring and evaluating the programme and promoting the
- The beneifts of this programme are many including being a very
cost effective way of ensuring the best support for these young
people and preventing them from needing future access to high cost
services at a later date.
- The programme has a clear evidence base to
demonstrate that it will support young people to develop and
achieve their goals
- The programme is innovative, since the use of
personal budgets with young people at risk has not been piloted
- Young people will co design the programme
which will strengthen the likelihood for success.
- The programme will utilise all the local
resources and integrate the young person and their family
into the local community.
- The partnership between a local community
organisation, a regional based charity and a national organisation
will add value to the programme and enable the learning to be
- Through the use of personal budgets, young people will
create a market to meet their needs (e.g. evening
appointments or maintaining contact through social media) instead
of fitting into existing services.
- A minimum number of staff will be employed on the programme.
Personal mentors will act as brokers ensuring that local
resources will be used rather than duplicating or
introducing new services.
- The programme will develop a provider list for 'spot
purchase' e.g. family mediation, counselling etc. This
means that young people will access the highest quality
professional services, tailored to what they need whilst keeping
In Control and the Mayday Trust will start with developing the
evaluation and outcomes tool with a local youth group and early
project users in mid September.
The aim is that each young person will see an increase in their
number of "assets" resulting in:
- Engagement in education, employment or training
- Reduction in offending behaviour
- Less risk from substance misuse
- Sustained social network, family support
- Sustained engagement in programme/community activity
For more information about the programme contact Katie-Lee and
the team at: