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The Futures Academy

The Futures Academy is a  transformational, strength focussed coaching and mentoring programme investing in and supporting young people with personal and social development, inclusion, engagement in education, employability and motivation. 


Lack of confidence and self esteem can manifest itself into negative behaviour and other social challenges. The Futures Academy invests in young people to develop skills, aspirations and raises ambition enabling young people to achieve goals and become assets to their local community and future employers. 


The programme supports schools to accelerate learning and new experiences and enable them to have a shift in attitude to learning. or those who need to develop personal and social skills. Our programme matches each young person with a trained, DBS enhanced checked mentor from local business to focus on their strengths and grow their ambition and aspirations. We work with them to set goals and understand their responsibilities. 


The programme can be adapted and is bespoke to suit the needs of students facing any barrier to engagement or achievement such as those who's confidence, social skills, self esteem, decision making, attitude, attainment or who's home circumstances are affecting school life. 


''Evidence strongly suggests that well organised, well executed mentoring programmes makes a difference to young people'' - The Careers & Enterprise Company. 


The programme helps schools to meet their requirements by addressing the following Gatsby Benchmarks;


  • Encounters with employers & Employees
  • Experience of workplaces
  • Learning from labour market information
  • Enabling creativity and new experiences and challenges


During the programme young people will meet with mentors both 1:1 and in groups on a weekly basis as well as some of the following activities - here is a sample of some of the activities which can be included in the programme; 


  • 1:1 and group sessions with a trained, enhanced DBS Checked employment mentor
  • 2 day trip to Essex Outdoors
  • Workplace experience visits with employers including UK Power Networks, BT, Barclays, Metro Bank & Tiptree and more. 
  • Sports Engagement Sessions Including Inclusive sports with an SEN School
  • Other activities such as visiting a care farm, bushcraft or other challenges and experiences which develop self awareness, resilience, attitude, motivation and leadership.
  • 1 Day first aid course and other skills development
  • Community Based Challenges and Enterprise Challenges to give back to our community


In addition to these elements there are opportunities to 'bolt on' other interventions and activities to enhance the programme to best suit budgets and needs of the school and the students. 


Every cohort comes with;


  • Fully trained and DBS  Enhanced checked staff & Volunteers
  • Accredited work Experience Quality
  • Teachers resources pack including consent forms and template letters
  • All insurance and risk assessments
  • All materials, food where required and travel costs
  • Certificates and celebration event
  • Impact Reporting


The outcomes achieved by the programme are;


  • Increased attendance and better engagement education.
  • Increased self awareness and responsibility
  • Improvement of cognative skills, creativity and problem solving. 
  • Increased confidence and self worth
  • Better sense of aspiration 
  • Accredited work experience
  • Strength focussed and able to identify strengths and areas for development 
  • Improved mindset and motivation
  • Better awareness of local opportunities and local labour market
  • Personal & social skills such as empathy, responsibility, motivation, confidence & self awareness
  • Influence on career progression, attainment and engagement


Opportunities also for students to progress with accredited training to become peer mentors. 


Additional activities can be arranged or developed as part of the programme on request and we are keen to hear how this can fit within your schools priorities and aims. Please get in touch for a discussion or to have your questions answered office@unityenterprises.org



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empowerment days

Our empowerment days are designed to give your students a taste of the real world. Whether that be the world of work, greater self awareness, the community around them or the world of enterprise, social enterprise and citizenship. 


Empowerment Days serve as a taster to our wider, more in-depth Futures Academy accelerator programme for young people. 


We cover a range of topics to broaden the knowledge and awareness of young people, challenge thinking and spark imagination, and support enrichment. These activities help build aspiration and ambition in young people and give them access to mentors from the business and enterprise world. 


The days are structured and supported by our trained employment mentors from local businesses, and open their eyes to new experiences and skills guided by mentors who can give guidance through their own experience, skills and attributes. 


Our empowerment days showcase young peoples skills and supports them to develop self awareness, responsibility, creativity, communication, confidence and leadership. 


These support careers activity, networking with local business and professionals and PSHE requirements 


Please email us on office@unityenterprises.org to book or request an information pack


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Adaptive & Inclusive Sport

Our Operations Director, Steve Morley has used a “sporting model” as a motivational tool for over 25 years. 


He has worked on the STREET GAMES project, engaged with challenging young people in Pupil referral units and has delivered projects to homeless and refugee groups. Steve is an experience sports coach holding Level 1 through to Level 3 qualifications in several sports including Athletics, Badminton, Baskin, Basketball, Boccia, Cricket and wheelchair basketball, table tennis and multi-sports.

As well coaching mainstream sports, Steve has a well-earned reputation for delivering adapted and inclusive sports. He has worked with the English Para-Badminton squad and has coached amputee athletes in addition to delivering adapted sporting activities into numerous SEN schools.


It was whilst developing his Inclusive and adapted sports that he noticed something interesting.
Whilst these “Soft Skills” sports were designed for people with disabilities, there simplicity made them a perfect hook for the reluctant or non-sporty young person.


Steve has had great success delivering these so-called soft skill sports and, in particular through his “Better Together” program. This initiative involved taking pupils from a mainstream school and introducing them to special needs children to play sports together.  The effect on both sets of pupils were staggering.


“ I am seeing a side to my students that I’ve not seen before. A caring, compassionate side. It has encouraged better communication and leadership skills.”  Teacher.


Unity Enterprises utilises all of Steve’s experience to incorporate a sporting element into our 14-week program as well as stand alone sports engagement  sessions . We will offer a mix of mainstream and adapted sporting activities such as:

Mainstream and wheelchair Basketball but also BASKIN

Table Tennis but also adapted Table Tennis and Visually impaired tennis.

Various Visually impaired activities such as Goalball and VI football.

Mainstream Badminton as well as zonal badminton.

Parkour and multi-skills sports.

Boccia

Mainstream volleyball but also sitting volleyball.


The activities have several very clear objectives;


  • THEY PROVIDE AN INCENTIVE TO STICK WITH THE PROGRAM THROUGH SOME OF THE MORE CHALLENGING “CLASS ROOM “BASED ELEMENTS.
  • THEY PROVIDE A PHYSICAL OUTLET FOR STRESS, ANXIETY AND GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPRESSION.
  • THEY PROVIDE OBVIOUS PHYSICAL BENEFITS TOWARDS FITNESS AND WELLBEING.
  • THEY PROVIDE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, UNDERSTANDING OTHERS, TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION SKILLS, EMPATHY, RESILENCE AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS.


For more information please email us on office@unityenterprises.org 

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EVOLVE

Network with other schools & explore solutions

Our Evolve event is has arrived  and is taking place at  the University of Essex. This is your opportunity to network with other local schools and education providers to explore innovative solutions to challenges schools face. We want your feedback to help shape and develop our interventions and services to best suit the needs of both the school and your students. 


Refreshments will be provided and we would love to see you there. 


Book your free place now. 


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other services

Adaptable Projects

All of our projects can be agile, flexible and able to be tailored for a target audience. We can adapt our projects to meet the need of young people and to support schools to fulfil their responsibility in engaging with young people who may be struggling to maintain attendance, those who may be lacking the skills to reach their potential or those who need motivation and a change in attitude to stay in education. Many activities we deliver can also provide positive experiences, confidence and address health and wellbeing in young people. You can read more about our projects here

Peer Mentoring Training

We can provide accredited, bespoke training to young people to become positive peer mentors to their peers. This can have great impact on their skills, confidence, communication and leadership. 

Careers & Work Experience

We can provide support to your school careers guidance functions to enhance the offer and experiences young people have. We can support you to engage the business community and offer accredited work experience. 

Bespoke Workshops & Staff Training

We can offer bespoke workshops to upskill your staff and support CPD. We have a range of workshops available 'off the shelf' or we can tailor one to your needs. You can read more here. These workshops could also be delivered to students. 

Consultancy

We are experienced in education, homelessness, care leavers, youth justice, NEETS, youth health & wellbeing, Inclusive & adapted sports, behaviour management, project development, funding and startup, delivery to young people and mentoring, volunteer management, business development and sales.