Bright Futures are a registered charity working with young women aged 11-25 to give them a brighter future by raising their self-esteem and confidence around a range of issues which affect them including alcohol and substance misuse, sexual health and relationships, homelessness, family relationships, friendships, school, education, training, crime and anti-social behaviour. We provide a range of innovative work with young women within their communities in order to give them safe and interesting things to do on evenings and at weekends.
We are passionate about addressing the needs of all young women across Tyne and Wear and take a holistic approach to when addressing ongoing and changing needs of those we work with. We work across South Tyneside and have three Community Hubs based in two areas of South Shields; Rekendyke and Cleadon Park. We offer young women the opportunity to take part in a wide range of varied project activities:
- We are an accredited centre with One Awards, which enables us to offer a wide range of qualified courses not only to the young women we work with but also to volunteers and the wider community. These courses include vocational qualifications as well as qualifications that can increase the health and wellbeing of young women including a 10 session Life and Social Development Toolkit, Managing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships and a Young Parenthood Programme. We also offer young women the chance to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and South Tyneside Council’s Mayor’s Award.
- We work in secondary schools and our local college across South Tyneside delivering the Life and Social Development Toolkit, Managing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships and Young Parenthood Programme to young women. We also deliver health and wellbeing drop-ins on lunchtimes and after school/college.
- We offer young women the opportunity to take part in educational group work sessions using interactive and engaging resources to make the sessions we deliver fun and suitable for all abilities.
- We have developed and deliver a range of programmes aimed at increasing young women’s awareness of living a healthier lifestyle covering basic life skills for example healthy cooking on a budget and also offering opportunities to try different sports and fitness activities.
- We work with a number of statutory and voluntary partner organisations including Northumbria Police, NHS and treatment providers. We offer and advice and guidance relating to sexual health and healthy relationships.
- We give young women and others in the community the chance to gain skills and experience through the volunteering and peer education opportunities we offer. Peer educators are involved in delivering educational group work sessions and accredited courses and volunteers are also involved in the delivery of education sessions but also the day to day running of the project.
- We work with our local Job Centre, local colleges and training providers to engage young women aged 14-25 in programmes of work getting them closer to further education, employment and training. Such work involves addressing a range of issues which often prevent young women from pursuing a career including, referrals and support to access our local domestic abuse service, benefits and budgeting support, housing advice, basic skills including literacy and numeracy support.
- Bright Futures deliver a specific service for young women aged 16 and 17 who are experiencing domestic abuse, we aim to increase the safety of young women by offering them practical and emotional support and advocacy whether they are still in an abusive relationship or have left an abusive relationship.
- We work in partnership our local South Tyneside Children’s Centre engaging with young mums and mums to be. We currently hold 2 weekly groups in Biddick Hall & All Saints and Jarrow.
- Bright Futures deliver a Community Ambassador and Mini Ambassadors Programme on behalf of national housing provider Clarion Housing Group. This programme is delivered to young people living in and around Clarion housing estates and is designed to encourage young people to make a positive difference to the communities in which they live. This includes taking part in intergenerational community based projects and a wide range of fun activities.