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Get Up and Go
|Location||Who we help|
|National||Young people between the ages of 16 and 25.|
|How we help||How to volunteer or get involved|
|Help young people improve their skills, get into education or employment, take part in activities and live healthier lives.||Are you interested in helping young people reach their potential? Volunteer in our Get Involved section.|
|Contact details||About us|
|Nick Sinclair, Head of Volunteering and Programmes.||The Get Up and Go Programme is available across Depaul services in the UK.|
Get Up and Go, our national progression programme, is led by volunteers and uses creative and physical activities as a catalyst to build confidence and self-belief.
The overarching aim of Get Up and Go is to support young people affected by homelessness on their path to independent living, training and employment. All sessions are led by volunteers both at our accommodation projects and in the community.
We also support young people to connect with brokered opportunities with our partner organisations who will help them further their ambitions outside of Depaul. Ultimately, the aim of Get Up and Go is to help empower and enable our young people to access employment, re-engage with education and/or complete a vocational training course/work placement and to go on to live a happy independent life away from the issues that surround homelessness.
Importantly, we believe that all our sessions, activities and opportunities should be co-created with young people involved from the outset.
Get Up and Go is categorised into the following areas:
- Get Creative (e.g. gardening, crafts, arts, media, drama etc.)
- Get Together (e.g. positive social opportunities, understanding social environments, history and culture)
- Get Healthy (e.g. cooking lessons and nutritional information, sports and fitness classes, mental wellbeing sessions, information on the negative impacts of substance misuse on health)
- Get the Skills to Succeed (e.g. group workshops, work tasters and placements, job shop)
We also offer Mentoring, which takes the form of one-to-one support from a particular volunteer matched with one of our young people supporting them with their individual SMART goals. Example goals could include working on communication skills/assertiveness, advice around budgeting, shopping and healthy eating, prioritising issues, using local amenities such as leisure centres and libraries; and generally offering a listening ear through informal engagements
Get Up and Go relies entirely on the support of volunteers.
If you have what it takes to inspire young people, visit our Get Involved section and join our team of amazing volunteers.