Two and a half years ago, we set out to increase young people’s confidence and skills with a focus on employability. We set up a framework of indicators, a theory of change and a flexible curriculum of activities and interventions with young people. We were able to show progress against these indicators and we also worked to recognise development in other, less obvious ways. When a young person gets an interview for a job after working on a personal statement with us, this is great. But when they demonstrate resilience after being rejected, this is also great. Likewise when looking at options for university.

Over 150 young people, last year demonstrated significant growth across a number of our indicators. This includes getting interviews and job offers, taking up volunteering, gaining accreditations and qualifications, dealing with challenges at school and home and taking part in social action projects.

Youth Club in 2018 at a glance.

⭐558   young people engaged in our programme
⭐238 achieved core outcomes/indicators

⭐302 achieved core outcomes/indicators
⭐1451 outcomes/indicators in total
⭐We delivered 708 individual sessions 6765 count attendances
⭐Our members clocked up 400 youth volunteer hours and we won Islington’s youth volunteer team of the year.
⭐We benefited from over 1562 volunteer hours by 69 volunteers and 7 youth work students on placement
⭐Members baked over 2500 cookies for Mary’s supporters during National 'Thank You' Week.

To give some context to these numbers, explore our stories.

Youth Work Stories

Pre-school figures

In the summer of 2018, 28 children left to go to either a reception class or a school nursery.

  • 100% of children showed progression in their development
  • 75% of the children who transitioned to primary school reached their age appropriate developmental targets
  • 7 out of the 28 children had additional needs and were enabled to achieve improved developmental outcomes as a result of additional support and services we secured for them
  • 100% of parents were satisfied with the quality of childcare service and education their children and themselves had experienced at Mary’s Pre-school
  • Out of all the children attending, 13 children spoke English as a second language and showed good communication, personal and social attainment in their development
  • Figures shown from tracking information demonstrate we have increased children's attainment levels in the literacy and maths areas which was a target we set ourselves in 2017

To support the social care development of children and their families during their time at the Pre-school and at home, two social care referrals were made and for the first time, we have been able to access the EYPP (Early Years Priority Panel through the local authority) funding for children in need. This has made more of a difference in supporting the overall needs of children’s development. 

Pre-school Stories