35,542 young people participated
136% of target
45% female participation
increased from 40% in previous period
73% of young people from SIMD deciles 1 & 2
30% in Phase 3 2014-2017
13,760 young people into positive destinations
5,500 young people in Phase 3 2014-2017
6,287 Learning or staying on at school
11,290 young people achieving accreditations
21,800 young people in Phase 3 2014-2017
Scottish Rugby - 73% stakeholders reported increase in attendance and attainment
Basketball Scotland - 50% schools reported increased attendance
Impact Arts - 63% of young people said attendance improved
Scottish Football Association - 66% of head teachers surveyed indicated that School of Football participants improved their behaviour
Bridges Project - significant increases in attendance, in one case a change from 5% to 95%
23,362 volunteer hours contributed by young people.
30% of young people increased their contribution and improved links within their communities
24,694 young people improved wellbeing
17,059 increased confidence
Most projects identified young people facing mental health challenges from outset
Celtic FC Foundation and Venture Trust – over 50% of young people reported mental health issues from outset
Scottish Rugby – Schools reported 41% improvement in mental health
"The programme has reached young people with a range of different life challenges and disadvantages. Most young people on the programme were from the 15% most disadvantaged areas in Scotland. Young people also reported having a range of risk factors, including lack of work experience, substance misuse and mental health issues, indicating that they were distant from the job market and employment options."
Research Scotland Evaluation of CashBack
In one area, young people got involved in a care home as one participant was interested in getting experience of the care industry. This led to some volunteering activity, involving five groups of young people. Young people ran activities such as arts, baking or gardening with the care home residents, helped with painting, and have accompanied them to fundraising activities.
156 young people participated
20% young people are from ethnic minorites
10% have a disability or long term illness
"I was never confident or comfortable speaking English in Primary School but School of Basketball has made me very happy. Thanks to the programme I now look forward to coming to school and feel my language skills have improved a lot"
Schools of Basketball participant
173 young people participated
121 from top 4 SIMD areas
"It’s not the end of the journey, but it is an almighty achievement for 69 Way2Work#CashBack young people to land in a positive destination – jobs, college, training...can all seem unattainable dreams for many programme participants at the start of their journeys with the team."
Blake Stevenson Evaluation
“Many of the stakeholder questionnaires mentioned the positive impact of the programme on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. One stakeholder gave the example that one young person who “suffers from periods of depression and sometimes feels down” was “now opening up to staff and responds well with help and support.” The young people who were interviewed also identified that their general wellbeing had improved through participating in the programme.”
“From being in care for a couple of years, now I’m back with my parents. I hadn’t been able to live at home before. There’s no arguing with them or anything now. My life is much more stable. I’m in a routine, I have to get up in the morning for my work. It was like a chain reaction: I went to Celtic, I got a job, I’m in a routine, I’m back living at home. It’s been the best year of my life.”
CashBack Gateway to Employment participant
3,620 young people participated
59% young people from top 2 SIMD areas
"It definitely takes my mind off things – being creative and doing art is very calming. I get easily frustrated at school by trying really hard and things not working out but here, when people are being freely creative, there’s energy but everyone’s focused in on their ideas”
CashBack for Creativity participant
"My son’s life has improved greatly by having this support. He has gone from someone who was extremely depressed and didn’t care either about himself or the world about him to participating in a sport, travelling independently and enjoying life. He has recently been discharged from the NHS specialist support which he was receiving, all because of this intervention. I can’t thank Moving Forward with CashBack for Communities enough for giving my son this opportunity."
Parent of Moving Forward participant
108 young people participated across 11 Local Authorities
39% of young people were from top 2 SIMD areas
"The best bit for me was getting to know the others well. I also learned new skills, including bosun’s duties. I’d love to come back and train to be a volunteer."
On Course with CashBack participant
"For me, I am amazed at the transformation in the young people. They arrived very quiet and looking anxious but left with heads high and great big smiles and just full of confidence. A parent spoke with me afterwards and commented they thought I had returned the wrong person home as he was normally very quiet and never spoke about things but they could not get him to be quiet the whole weekend after the voyage"
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland worker
955 Awards across 28 Local Authorities
47% were from the top 2 SIMD deciles
"It gave the young people the opportunity to have new experiences and build on their existing skills which in turn gives them confidence. When they are confident about what they are doing there are so many other improvements as a knock on effect."
Prince's Trust worker
"On completion of training, the young people are more focused on their goals as they get a sense that they are achieving and taking positive steps forward. They also build a determination to succeed as we see often during the preparation, training and placement stage, as achievement seems to bring out a better understanding of work ethics required to succeed. Definitely, once they’ve done their training, they start pushing themselves to get to a higher level. They are more determined to make things happen after going on training.”
Prince's Trust worker
"Despite everything I have been through in my life, I consider myself to be very fortunate. At Twilight Basketball I not only made new friends, I found a group of people who really cared for and supported me when I needed it most. Thanks to them, I have a family and I know I’m not alone."
Twilight Basketball participant
13,041 young people engaged in first year of the programme over 32 Local Authority areas
89% of young people were from the top 2 SIMD areas
"I feel I have become more at ease with my identity and also it has helped improve my mental health by getting involved in things to boost my confidence."
Youth Work Fund participant
"I feel like, as a young person, you don’t always get taken seriously by adults. But there’s none of that here - everyone’s heard equally. We’re so involved - everything’s based around us, what we want. We have to work for what we want though, but I think that’s a good thing because it gets us involved. It’s a really nice feeling."
Youth Work Fund participant