Next Steps

The Next Steps Project is for those young people who are leaving Local Authority foster or residential care or who have left care in an unplanned way, and that need extra support to achieve their potential and move forward in their life. The project’s primary function is to support young people from care into independent living. The Next Steps Project worker works in partnership with colleagues, social workers, personal advisors and other professionals to support young people to achieve positive outcomes.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery for 3 years from March 2017 – February 2020, and is part of a wider programme supporting Young Carers and Young Offenders delivered in partnership with No Limits and Southampton Voluntary Services.

Project Outcomes:

  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved tenancy stability
  • Ability to deal positively with conflict and change
  • Ability to manage emotions
  • Increased engagement with education or employment
  • Develop leadership skills and ability to solve problems
  • Improved communication skills
  • Be able to build appropriate and positive relationships with both adults and peers
  • Have support network in place, and feel less isolated and lonely

In order to achieve the outcomes for the project young people are supported by a Youth Support Worker, who acts as a keyworker for a caseload of approximately 30 young people per year. The project is highly individualised, focusing on the key needs for each young person, developing an action plan with them to address their needs. The keyworker uses a variety of methods to engage with young people to meet the outcomes including:

  • Individual support to young people
  • A range of activities to build social skills
  • Support to engage in volunteering or work placements
  • Independent Living Skills Course
  • Residentials
  • Peer Mentoring Course
  • Mother & Baby Group
  • Access to careers advice

lottery funded