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Inspiring Communities

Funding for the Inspiring Communities (IC) Programme came to Pendle Children and Young People's Trust from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and was managed by the Neighbourhood Management Team within Pendle Borough Council.

The four main aims of the DCLG Programme were:

  • Broadening young people's horizons
  • Providing advice and inspiration to young people
  • Raising parents' own aspirations and self-confidence, so that they can support their children to take up opportunities
  • Developing strong social networks in communities, raising community pride in young people and drawing out the talents of the community to support young people

The final content of the IC Programme in Pendle was agreed as:

  • A project co-ordinator, to pull together all aspects of the Programme and to raise the profile of the Pendle Programme
  • Training local people with positive and negative experiences to talk to young people and parents about their learning from those experiences
  • Job role visits for young people and parents, looking at employment available locally and regionally
  • Visiting Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) institutions with young people and parents, exploring different options and routes into HE and FE and 'mythbusting' perceptions
  • An outreach worker supporting families in addressing social and other issues they faced, for example around housing, employment or domestic violence plus an outreach worker supporting families in addressing issues around parenting
  • Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) work within primary schools

The work was targeted at a small geographical area, identified because of poor attainment of young people living in that area at Key Stage 4.  The work started in January 2010 and was funded until March 2011.

What worked well...

Throughout the IC Programme in Pendle, 23 Role Models were identified.  Sixteen of these Role Models have delivered or shared their experiences with groups of young people and parents.  We have also videod role models and made use of the Inspiring Communities blog to share role model experiences and a number of additional parents and young people will have seen this.

Forty-six pupils have taken part in an interactive theatre performance as part of the storytelling workshops.  Twenty pupils have created a digitial road map.  Twenty-two pupils have taken part in a second phase DVD version of the story stimulus and are going to create a road map.  A teaching resource has been produced for circulation as a legacy product.

In total 191 individuals have been given outreach support by the outreach workers through the IC Programme.


  • Role Models have been trained through the programme and Nelson and Colne College are working with some role models who are interested in becoming involved with students in college.
  • A DVD detailing some experiences of role models has been produced and is being used in schools.
  • Visits to universities and colleges have taken place with local high schools and these will continue now relationships have been built with and between the various institutions.
  • SEAL work has lasting impact within schools through assessments, training and development undertaken with staff.


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