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The Bridge Foundationís Stepping Up project  (part of the Big Lottery Realising Ambition programme) has now conculded. It was incredibly successful and a link to the final case study on the Realising Ambition website can be found here:  Stepping Up Case Study

Lead by the Bridge Foundation, Stepping Up was a consortium of five local voluntary organisations working with vulnerable children before, during and after the period of their transition from primary to secondary school.   

Since transition coincides with the onset of adolescence it can often be a difficult period for both young people and their parents. The young people entering the Stepping Up programme frequently had complex or troubled family situations, involving loss, frequent change, relationship breakdown and/or disrupted attachments requiring targeted support at this challenging time.  Expected outcomes included improved behaviour, attendance and peer relationships and greater self confidence. Stepping Up, worked with primary schools to identify vulnerable young people who need extra support during this time. With a range of services on offer, it meant that young people could be offered the right kind of support to meet their individual needs.

Services offered ranged from arts and sports group activities and individual counselling to specialist support for young people affected by parental substance misuse (one to one mentoring and summer camps).

 Stepping Up partners were: 

Through this programme we worked closely with the Social Research Unit in Dartington, to increase our understanding of the real impact our work has on children and families across Bristol and fed this into a UK wide learning network of programme partners. 

To find out more about the project please contact The Bridge Foundation on 0117 9424510 or .

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