Young people who come to Leaside through their schools or youth groups are all encouraged to join Back to Basics – which is all of the training and activities that we do outside of school time.
Using fun, outdoor activities as the hook, Back to Basics helps young people who lack direction to bring out the best in themselves and in other people.
As part of our Back to Basics programme, we deliver accredited skills training and courses during the evening, weekends and school holiday times from our centre. We also take our young people to racing events all over the country at weekends to encourage their sense of motivation and achievement.
Our courses range from introductory training through to coaching qualifications and they are undertaken by our young members on a rolling basis.
Following the British Canoe Union syllabus, we deliver the UKCC One, Two and Three Star Awards which focus on personal development and skills training. Once young people have completed their Star Awards, we help them to train for their Level 1 and 2 Coaching qualifications, which eventually enables the young person to get paid work in the leisure industry or volunteer as a coach.
Each person on the Back to Basics programme is also required to complete an individual action plan and they log every training session they attend along with what they have learnt. A number of the young people who come to Leaside have numeracy and literacy support needs and our staff and volunteers also provide one-to-one numeracy and literacy support to them.
Leaside also refers young people onto First Aid and Foundation for Rescue Safety Training which are necessary components of the qualifications.
Skills and Qualifications for Employment
Our learning continuum teaches young people how to become coaches – to bring out the best in themselves and other people. This equips them with transferable skills that they can take into their academic training and their career. Our successful “Back to Basics” programme with young people has created 41 National Governing Body qualified coaches to date. All of these people are now employed either as paid, part-time or sessional coaches or volunteer at community-based projects, including ours.
Literacy and Numeracy Skills Training
A number of young people have numeracy and literacy support needs when they first come to Leaside. Our staff and volunteers are all trained to recognise when someone requires additional support and, as many of our volunteers are themselves trained teachers, we work with young people on a 1-to-1 basis to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.
Our work at Leaside increases young people’s levels of confidence and sense of achievement. We provide purposeful development for young people who might otherwise be involved in crime or have a lack of skills or direction. Our ‘change of life’ opportunities can lead to a possible return to education and the chance to gain a real job in related youth or leisure work.
Leaside would like to thanks the following organisations who helped to support our Back to Basics Programme last year and this year: BBC Children in Need, St James’s Place Foundation, Mercers’ Company, UBS, Royal London Asset Management, Fishmongers’ Company, Goldsmiths’ Company, Garfield Weston Foundation, Woodward Charitable Trust, Peter Cruddas Foundation, Stanmore Ltd, Leathersellers’ Company, Macquarie Bank, Chartered Surveyors’ Livery Company.