Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19 we will be conducting interviews and enrolments over the phone. We are currently enrolling for our March and April 2021 intakes and have a variety of courses to suit everyone. We are currently delivering our learning online, however the centre has remained open for students who wish to come in.
A cornerstone of our program is our belief in young people's natural creativity. We know young people get great pleasure from being involved in the arts, and so we encourage this at every age. Young people learn skills and gain immense self-esteem when given the opportunity. Art is an integral part of our program, and we provide a wide array of materials for creating music and film.
We deliver a mentoring Programme in schools to young people that have been identified as at risk of becoming NEET. We aim to partner with the schools to keep the young people engaged in education through ongoing one to one support sessions and group work.
Induction This is an opportunity for the young person to meet their mentor and start to build a relationship. During the Induction our skilled mentors will explain the programme, start to engage the young person and inspire them for positive change. By the end of the session the young person will choose to be enrolled on the programme. The young person will develop a goal which will stretch their comfort zone for the next stage of progression.
Team Building This is an intensive 1-3 days course with up to 10 young people. The course is designed to be challenging, engaging and fun. Each young person will spend the 1-3 days achieving their goal set for them in the Induction.
The course consists of team building activities, optional outdoor activities and active reviews. The group work allows the mentor to observe the barriers to learning that the young people may have in the classroom.
26 Weeks Mentoring Young people will receive fortnightly intensive 1:1 mentoring for 26 weeks whilst in mainstream education. Each person will receive a continuous source of guidance and support throughout their time on the programme. In addition to mentoring we offer other support which may include Drug Awareness, Gang Prevention, Healthy Living, Careers Advice and Personal Development.
Personal Development is covered in our session; this is a mixture of 9 personal Social Skills which threaded throughout the days. These Social Skills are – Communication, Motivation, Negotiation, Leadership, Problem Solving, Trust, Tolerance, Confidence, Time Management, Health and Wellbeing.
The service aims to assess the needs of young people in the prisons across the area we cover so that they are supported up to and following release. The aim is to help young people to successfully rehabilitate in their community. TTG is supported by the individual’s case manager.
Our Through the Gate service makes sure that each young offender has a resettlement plan, and has activity starting before their release to prepare them for leaving prison. Our aim is to make sure that they do not re-offend.
The Through the Gate service aims to work with young offenders to carry out an analysis of an individual’s circumstances with regards to their needs within the seven custodial pathways identified to reduce re-offending, e.g:
finance, benefit and debt
employment, training and educational support health
drugs and alcohol
children and families
attitudes, thinking and behaviours
Information from all pathways and interventions is contained within the resettlement plan which follows the individual through the gate for continued support post release.
Through the Gate also includes:
a crisis intervention service
a resettlement meeting if timescales allow
the chance to liaise with the offender’s YOT/probation case manager prior to release to ensure a smooth transition
to identify any offenders with histories of being a victim of domestic abuse and/or having worked in the sex trade, being trafficked and offer specialist support
enabling the service user to open a bank account.
The OMG staff will:
support while the individual is in custody
ensure the resettlement plan is developed in custody
support post-release plans
facilitate access to local rent deposit schemes where available
Traineeships are designed to support young people who want to develop their skills for an apprenticeship or sustainable employment but may not currently have the appropriate skills or experience. A traineeship prepares young people for their future careers and helps them prepare and feel comfortable for work. It provides necessary work preparation training, such as Maths, English, IT and work experience.
The target group for Traineeships are people aged between 16-24 years that are not currently in a job and hold little to no work experience but are focused on obtaining employment. Traineeships are tailored for young people that providers believe have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of completing a Traineeship programme. Traineeships offer the employer, the opportunity to shape the training and experience with the help of OMG, creating high quality applicants for sectors to draw on. It gives the applicants the confidence, skills and experience they need and are looking for - therefore giving chances to younger people in the community and building up worth ethic.
If a young person taking part in a work experience placement within your company shows the potential to become a productive member of staff during the Traineeship, then we would encourage employers to support them to apply for an apprenticeship or other suitable vacancy that may be available.
OMG also deliver a number of mentoring programmes that provide support before, during and after custody and a number of housing services for young offenders and young care leavers which offer information, advice, guidance and referral routes.