Sharing experiences, setting goals and building aspirations
SaintClinX Alternative Schooling runs accredited courses for young people aged 11-16 with the aim of stopping permanent school exclusions in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, where exclusions have been increasing by 5% each year for over a decade. Exclusion has proven links with imprisonment later in life.
In order for all young people who need this course to be able to have access to it, SaintClinX is keen to work with corporate partners who could sponsor a placement on behalf of a local school. They wish to expand their pool of volunteers and get involved in partnerships with local businesses and individuals to help their students really understand and feel part of their local communities.
Overheads include renting space and providing food twice a day for the 25-day courses; access and travel to outings including theatre shows, cinema trips, meals and entrance to venues of national importance; quality arts materials and stationery; accreditation costs towards qualifications; volunteer expenses.
Help could come in the form of money or in-kind support – including giving time to speak to the students to give them an insight into your business and how it operates, or donating stationery, arts materials, a day out or a venue for one of their courses.
SaintClinX has a clear vision – “These young people live near you, in your borough; we can all pull together to ensure they are able to see the things now that they can aspire to achieve in later life.”
Students are set an achievable and realistic academic goal alongside a series of weekly personal targets, while being enriched by arts, culture and hands-on activities. They are guided through how to learn from the past, live in the present and prepare for the future before being assisted with their reintegration back into mainstream school, supported through the project by up to 10 adults per session who instil family values by teaching how to interact effectively and positively. Shared meal times are attended by the whole team, as are weekly outings. This builds a trustworthy bond between staff and learners and is vital for the creation of a positive atmosphere in every classroom. For more information, contact Charlotte Beck on charlotte [at] saintclinx.co.uk or 07590 211107