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The Reach Programme

VRN priority: Prevention (Secondary) Education and Schools 


Reach: 10-16 year old secondary schools pupils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland


The Reach programme is a Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) funded project which was designed by the VRN central team in partnership with Leicester City and County Council youth services who are also the VRN’s delivery partners in this project. The Reach Programme is an intensive six-month mentoring programme aimed at preventing exclusions. Working closely with and in schools, a youth worker is allocated to at-risk young people and offers a tailored package of support. This includes Social Skills Training, support with their confidence and wellbeing, and opportunities to participate in recreational activity (e.g. sports, arts and music). The programme also provides support to the young person’s family and work with their friends.

It will be subject to a rigorous evaluation by Sheffield Hallam University and the findings shared across the partnership. 

In the City, the programme is currently being delivered in the following schools:

  • Babington Academy

  • Beaumont Leys Community College

  • Crown Hills Community College

  • Fullhurst Community College

  • Judgemeadow Community College

  • Lancaster Academy

  • Orchard Mead Academy

  • St Pauls Catholic School

  • Sir Jonathan North College

  • Soar Valley College

In the County, the programme is currently being delivered in the following schools:

  • Castlerock School

  • Charnwood College

  • Limehurst Academy

  • Newbridge High School

Referrals for The Reach Programme come via the School setting. 

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