Blue River Support Services

Intro

Founded in 2010 and based in Small Heath, Blue River Support Services initially set up to help young people facing educational disadvantage, and at risk of being excluded from school an alternative form of education.  Since they have helped almost 100 young people back into education and achieve qualifications.

Blue River is 90% volunteer-led, with a group and experienced and passionate staff providing supplementary Maths, English and Science lessons, a cycling club, peer mentoring and much more.

Who is Blue River Support Services?

Blue River Support Services help vulnerable young people aged 11 to 25 into education, training, and employment.  They concentrate on the prevention of problems and early intervention, rather than reacting to problems as they occur.  Driven by key needs in the local community, youth unemployment in Sparkbrook, Birmingham is at 24% – double the national average.  Sparkbrook is also among the 7% of the most deprived areas in the UK, which results in poor outcomes for vulnerable young people.

Blue River’s projects are proven to reduce youth unemployment and increase youth employability in Birmingham, through equipping young people with key skills and competencies.

Next steps for Blue River is to expand their base in Sara Park, Small Health into Activity Centre.  They plan to use a variety of activities and engagement tools to encourage children to stay in education.  Offering local young people a safe place where they can interact positively with their peers, participate in active citizenship and take part in sports and leisure activities

If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?

Sara Park Activity Centre offers communal sports, enrichment and learning activities for young people and families in Small Heath.  If successful, Blue River will use £2,000 to fund x2 brand new youth workers, to support the delivery of their weekly Science Club for two terms (approximately 25 weeks).

Where can people go to find out more about Blue River Support Services?

For more information please contact:  Olu Adedimeji, Development Officer
Tel: 0121 753 1933
Email: development@blueriver.org.uk

You can find out more about Blue River Support Services and the development of Sara Park Activity Centre via their website here.  Give them a follow on Twitter too @BlueRiverOrg!

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