Building Better Opportunities – Empowering Enterprise

Community Fund - European Union Social Fund

In partnership with Petroc College, Battling On is now offering a programme for young people aged 18-24. Empowering Enterprise is aimed at those young people who are struggling to move on in life due to personal barriers. Our staff will work with you, both in small groups and on a one-to-one basis, to help you overcome those barriers and make the first step into employment, an apprenticeship, education or training. We will also continue to offer support to ensure that your transition is successful.

The programme is based in Plymouth and is now running. It is a rolling programme so can be accessed at any point in the year. If you would like to know more please contact the Programme Manager, Pam Carter on 07340 645246, or phone the office on 01579 384798.

This project is jointly funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Dementia Adventure in a Box

This is a new project for Dementia Adventure in partnership with Care Farming UK and The Big Lottery Fund, giving training through social licencing to registered care farms. This training will enable the care farms to connect people living with dementia to nature through a series of activities such as walks, craft and horticulture. Merryhue Farm is one of the care farms chosen for this exciting and innovative project. We know that having physical exercise and mental stimulation can have a positive impact on people living with dementia, and in our supportive care farm environment we hope to do just that. Our staff are well into their training and are now ready to put it into practice.

Our sessions are running in partnership with Turning The Cogs and the Echo Centre in Liskeard. So far, our participants have enjoyed feeding the chickens, stroking the donkeys and have met our tortoise. At our last session we made poppies and talked about remembrance.

This project is open to anyone living with dementia, their carers and families. 

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About Turn

Battling On have created the About Turn programme to help support you in your transition to employment.

About Turn is a 40 week course requiring attendance 1 day per week with a further additional  day of voluntary and community work where relevant in support of the course. At the core of this programme is the aim of providing you with one to one support in overcoming the barriers faced in engaging with employment.  

The course is based around our established Environment, Confidence and Outdoor Skills course and utilizes the farm environment to provide a wide range of activities that will build confidence and skills that are transferable into daily life.

It is modular in approach and delivery which allows for you to access the course at any point during the academic year.  As a part of the course you will be paired with one of our trained mentor staff who will provide you with the one to one support and guidance you require to maximise your future employability.

You will also undertake work towards developing wider employability and communication skills with the aim of engaging you in work experience at the China Fleet Country Club towards the end of the course. Successful completion will result in the award of a Certificate in Employability.

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Open Door Counselling Services

At present veterans in Plymouth, West Devon and East Cornwall are having to wait six to nine months to see a counsellor and over fourteen months to see a psychiatrist. Once seen by an NHS counsellor they are only entitled to six sessions of counselling which many veterans report is not enough time to help them deal with their psychological difficulties.

Battling On provides open-door counselling or therapy which can be accessed by any veteran at Battling On at the point of need. It is important to note that a range of different counselling services can be accessed through Battling On including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and eco-therapy (the preferred choice of many veterans). This service is vital in helping veterans transition successfully into civilian life or deal with mental health issues that have manifested after entering civilian life as a result of previously serving in the Armed Forces.

Employment Support and Preparing for Interviews

Battling On provides veterans with one to one support in job searching, filling in applications, writing CVs and preparing for interviews. Many of the veterans Battling On works with have barriers to engaging with employment. The advisors help veterans identify these barriers and develop strategies to overcome them.

Veteran Training

Battling On can help support veterans to gain a wide range of nationally recognised competency based tickets within the land based or construction sectors.

Battling On can also help veterans to convert qualifications gained in the Armed Forces to qualifications recognised in the civilian world.

Together We Can Succeed Programme

Battling On’s flag ship programme is the “Together We Can Succeed” project, which uses the skills and expertise of ex-service volunteers to work with vulnerable disadvantaged young people, particularly within the youth offending system or those at risk of becoming involved in crime and/or antisocial behaviour. All the young people targeted for this programme come from some of the poorest wards within Devon and Cornwall and are classified as living in poverty. The ‘Together We Can Succeed’ programme has achieved unprecedented levels of success, last year achieving a 91.5 % pass rate.

Veteran volunteers are given comprehensive training as a volunteer and given the opportunity to gain mentoring or instructor qualifications.

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Teacher Training Qualification / Apprenticeship Levels 3-5

Battling On has created a new Level 3 teaching qualification that is a hybrid of educational and youth work, blending both disciplines to create a new educational qualification. The rationale is to provide a qualification that properly equips new teachers and instructors to deal with the realities of the challenges of teaching young people.

The qualification is designed so that members of the Armed Forces can utilise their vocational skills and expertise through teaching and instructing.

Mentoring / Coaching Qualification Veterans

Battling On offers a qualification in mentoring/coaching. This qualification aims to standardise the basic principles used within mentoring and coaching to ensure uniformity of quality.

Veterans are taught to support vulnerable disadvantaged young people and act as role models, supporting young people in tackling the barriers that have caused them to dis-engage with education, training and employment.

The mentors support young people to make the changes in their lives to successfully re-engage with education, training or employment.