Our Social Impact
We operate on a results-focused basis and regularly publish reports on our social impact.
Our interventions, programames and training sessions are shaped by the young people themselves, and we regularly conduct focus groups to ensure our content is relevant and applicable for our target audience. In addition, we’ve previously won Unltd’s Big Venture Challenge Award and ranked number one for the sector of Education and Youth on the SE100 social enterprise index 2014-15.
Evidencing Early Intervention
It is tricky to evidence the effectiveness of early intervention programmes. However, since the establishment of our organisation colleting social impact measurement something we are proud to have integrated into everything we do.
We have developed effective and outcome focused systems and processes, regularly collecting data on the impact and effectiveness of our interventions with young people and schools. We have been using standardised and validated measures of mental health problems including the DASS21 and PHQ9. We have also recently created our own measure of resilience indicators and whole school cultures of wellbeing, which are currently being used in our early intervention programmes.
Funding Our Impact
Due to our effective impact monitoring we have been able to secure commissioning from a range of commissioners and funders such including several NHS and local authorities. We were awarded the Big Venture Challenge in 2014 and have secured social investment from Key Fund and the Social Investment Business.
Reducing Mental Health Problems
All our young people’s programmes are monitored for their effectiveness using qualitative and quantitative methods. Average depression and anxiety measures are 40% and 39% lower respectively following our interventions (using the common diagnostic scales DASS21, PHQ-9 and GAD-7). Measurements using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) show average reductions in emotional symptoms by 28%, conduct problems by 29%, peer problems by 19% and hyperactivity by 20%. The benefits of our programmes as perceived by young people are wide and varied however common gains include increased self-awareness, positive thinking and confidence.