The aim of A4S is to change the lives of the young people we work with, through positive and personalised learning experiences. We hope that through our intervention, the young people will have an increase in their confidence and self - esteem by doing enjoyable activities that help them to fulfil their potential and discover their talents. We aim for positive outcomes for our students in the form of: skills and qualifications; aspirations for their future; the desire to continue to engage in learning to further increase their achievements and find suitable employment. Hopefully this will be a stepping stone to their future success.
Our database records daily progress made by each student and their achievements. In the academic year 2016/2017 over 1350 sessions were delivered to 80 young students, through which 39 qualifications were achieved. These included 2 distinctions and 2 merits at BTEC levels 2 & 3
We also deliver a significant number of holiday sessions during school holidays, although normally no qualifications are gained through these sessions as they are designed to be fun and engaging.
We receive very positive feedback from students, referrers, parents and carers. We collect photographs, testimonials and attributable comments to evidence the benefits of our work.
On March 31st 2016, A4S was presented with a High Sheriffs Citizenship Award, which was in recognition of great and valuable services to the community. We are very grateful for this award.
Our attendance levels are typically between 82-87% (with 40% or more of our students achieving 100% attendance), which considering most of our students have been at risk from exclusion, is very clear evidence of their enjoyment of the courses they are doing and the positive relationships that they are building.
A4S Bedford is an outdoor educational project delivered by ProgressAbility.org - a Social Enterprise based in Bedford and active in Beds, Bucks, Cambs, Herts and Northants.
Registered Address: ProgressAbility.org, 129A Barker's Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 9RX.
ProgressAbility.org is a charitable company limited by guarantee (Reg'd company # 07678748 & reg'd charity # 1142732).