Positive Steps Praised for its involvement in Getting Out For Good

We have been working in partnership with researchers from the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver Getting Out For Good, a mentoring project for young women, and in the phase one evaluation report we have been praised ‘for embracing the project and working tirelessly to make it a success’

Getting out for Good was funded by Comic Relief and is one of the UK partners in an international support programme called ‘ I Define Me’, along with projects in Colombia and South Africa. The aim of the project was to understand the issues affecting vulnerable young women and girls who are susceptible to negative peer-networks, anti-social behaviour, exploitation, community isolation and violence. We also wanted to understand the challenges they faced in their local communities and what could be done to improve their situations.

The girls were each allocated a mentor from Positive Steps, who’s job it was to boost aspirations, help the girls build positive social networks by minimising harm from negative peers, and build confidence and promote positive decision making away from risky situations and behaviours.

Over the three years, 65 girls were given the opportunity to attend activities alongside their mentors - including football, drama, film making and boxing - in an attempt to improve their physical and mental health. The girls were also given the opportunity to attend social events organised by partnership agencies such as: G04G taster sessions, tour of the BBC and speaking on BBC radio Manchester, attending theatre performances and treat nights out.

The overall aim was to help the participants to make positive changes in their lives, and the girls were also given the opportunity to obtain AQA qualifications in the activities they wished to partake in. This element of the programme was really well received as a lot of the girls who joined the project had struggled at school or did not attend at all.

Overall, we received really positive feedback from the girls, parents and professionals. Comic Relief staff came to a session to speak with the girls and filmed some of their success stories.

Because of the success of the project, Comic relief have awarded Positive Steps further funding for the next two years - so we can continue to make positive changes, as well as minimising negative behaviours in young women’s lives.