Why we’re here
Helping you, help yourself
Young people and their futures are at the heart of everything we do here at Ynot Aspire.
We provide the activities and support you need to dream big. Our projects take you on a journey, arming you with the confidence to unlock possibilities you’ve never even thought of. Our staff and volunteers work closely with you to recognise and develop potential. Together we are one team with one mission – to help you aim high, achieve your goals and grab an exciting future, with both hands.
What we do
Our work within the community is a vital part of what we do at Ynot Aspire. Launched in Hyndburn back in 2008, working in partnership with over 30 local agencies, we work closely with schools, social enterprises, local agencies and voluntary organisations in the area. Our community links give you all you need to break through any barriers to achieve your potential
In 2016 we underwent another period of consultation with young people and partners to discover what they perceived to be the gaps in service in Hyndburn and we got a resounding answer: prevention and early intervention around young people’s mental health. This informed our second bid to the Big Lottery and we were awarded a further 5 years of funding from them. We are still working closely with young people and partners to shape our new Your Voice project to help us to tackle those gaps.
Since 2016, our main objective has continued to be to provide a range of prevention and early intervention projects within the local community.
Over the past 3 years our prevention and early intervention workshops have been delivered to young people in the local area. From April 2018 – March 2019, we delivered 12 prevention and early intervention workshops in schools throughout Hyndburn. These sessions resulted in a total of 1,641 pupils being made more aware of services and support, promoting positivity and mental health awareness.
Mental Health Champions
In addition to delivering our prevention and early intervention workshops within schools, we are also currently training Mental Health Champions in Accrington Academy, Hyndburn Academy, The Hollins and Rhyddings. So far, we have 38 young people trained in peer support, mental health and resilience, provide drop in sessions and to promote positive mental health throughout the school.
Our mentoring service is at the heart of our projects. We have worked with local young people who have presented with issues such as:
- Mental health issues
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Low self-confidence
- Social isolation
- Involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour
- A breakdown in family relationships
Between 2017-2018, there was an 71% increase in the number of young people accessing our mentoring service. Through accessing our service, we have enabled young people to achieve better coping strategies, feel less isolated, raised awareness of positive mental health and improved their confidence in accessing activities and education.
We have also worked tirelessly with local young people aged between 16-25 years old in order to prevent the threat of youth homelessness. In 2017-2018 there was an increase of 175% on the previous year’s homeless referrals. As a result of accessing our services, we have been able to support young people into secure accommodation, improve family relationships, give advice on housing benefits and re-engage in education, training or employment.
To read more about our work, you can access our annual report:
We will continue to run a range of services and activities, providing the support young people need, help our young people stay in education, training or employment, and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. We want to help you build a better life and make great things happen, whatever your ambitions.
How you can help
Your donations help us fund the activities and projects that we run throughout the local community. For more information on how to donate please click here.
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our expert staff and dedicated volunteers. We’re always looking for volunteers to help us run our projects. It’s a great way to help us out, and there’s a variety of roles available. Help us as much or as little as you like with flexible volunteering opportunities that work around you.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us or finding out more about Ynot Aspire, please get in touch. You can also meet our team by visiting the Ynot Volunteer page.