Get on Track

Get on Track

Get on Track is a transformation personal and social development project aimed at young people who are facing disadvantage aged 16 – 25. Combining support from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's World Class athletes with opportunities to participate in sport, volunteering, training and employability workshops, the project offers a unique package to young people.

Wesport are the local strategic partner for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and cover the West of England area. You can find out more about the work the Trust do by watching the  video below. We link with delivery partners in order to engage those young people hardest to reach. We have run five projects in Bristol since 2014 in collaboration with 2nd Chance Group.

 

Outcomes:

In the West of England we have supported 61 young people to access a ‘Get on Track’ project.

We can report a 72% progression rate into education, employment or training within five months of the project. We are focused on the behaviour change of those young people who decide to make a positive change after being part of a ‘Get on Track’ project.

 

 

Hear what Kayleigh, 23, had to say

Kayleigh joined the February 2016 ‘Get on Track’ run by 2nd Chance Group in South Bristol. After meeting Carly at a job centre information day Kayleigh felt brave enough to join the programme and take it 1 day at a time. Suffering with anxiety made it hard for Kayleigh to commit, but after some fantastic sessions and support from the team she had this to say:
“I just wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you put into helping me. And without the get on track course I would’ve never had the confidence to get to know my Asda colleagues and attempt new things in my job role. With my new found confidence I realised I love my job but I deserved better hours and better money. So I went out and found what I hope is going to be my dream job! So Thank you so much to you and the rest of the gang for helping me believe in myself I’m so excited!”

Kirstie's Story

“Before this course Kirstie was very quiet and slightly withdrawn. Although she engaged, she tended to be a little monosyllabic. Her confidence was clearly quite low.”

By targeting a key referral partner for the programme we hoped to reach more young people who would benefit from the Dame Kelly Holmes ‘Get on Track’ programme. This is a personal and social development programme that uniquely uses sport and physical activity as an engagement tool with world – class athletes as mentors. The aim of the five week programme is to improve the young people’s communication, team work, confidence, health and well – being through numerous activities including a community challenge.

Kirstie attended an information session about the ‘Get on Track’ programme at the Salvation Army, she was subsequently invited to a recruitment session and went onto join the programme. Her journey has not stopped there, she is now training to become a sports coach. Kirstie’s job coach has noticed the following positive change:

“Since participating in the course she has become far more outgoing and there is an air of excitement about her which was certainly not present previously. She can clearly see avenues which could now be open to her and is excited at the prospect of obtaining an apprenticeship!”

Throughout the programme Kirstie’s participation in sport and physical activity increased, she gained an Emergency First Aid at work certificate and made friends.

Fast forward 12 months at the final ‘Keep in Touch’ session to confirm Kirstie is in full time employment with a local leisure provider at a local leisure centre. After participating in a work placement and working hard to pass her lifeguarding certificates, Kirstie is now in full time employment.