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Wider Impact has published a ‘groundbreaking’ report into Groundwork Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot’s youth provision.

Research has focussed on the Trust’s youth provision over a 10 year period, which has demonstrated:

  • over 3,650 ‘at risk’ young people have been engaged and supported by the YouthWorks programme
  • hundereds of young people have received vocational qualifications
  • 98% satisfaction levels by the young people
  • over 60% of Community Volunteers achieving vocational qualifications
  • £440,000 savings in benefit claims over a 3 year period delivering the Future Jobs Fund
  • 45% reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • 51% reduction of void housing stock
  • 12,000 young people engaged in school energy projects
  • 100% endorsement from key stake holders

Most significantly we have carried out specific research into the ‘cost benefits’ of engaging with ‘at risk’ young people. For example, case studies have highlighted an annual cost saving of over £204,000 as a direct result of supporting just one young man who was ‘at risk’ of involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour.

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has provided a foreword for the report in his role as AM for Bridgend, and states, I am extremely impressed with Groundwork, and the YouthWorks Programme in particular, for the difference made on the Wildmill Estate, BridgendI look forward to witnessing other communities benefit from such an inspiring and worthwhile approach to community regeneration’.

Groundwork Executive Director Mark Evans says, ‘We are grateful to Wider Impact and Director Edwin Lewis in particular for producing such a factual and informative report. They have gone the ‘extra mile’, and we now have a management tool that will support our strategic approach to youth delivery. Most significanlty this ‘groundbreaking’ report has provided costed evidence of the benefits of engaging with the most vulnerable members of society. I am confident others will benefit from this important document, and would not hesitate to recommend Wider Impact to others looking to commission similar work’.

Click on the report cover below to read report findings

Wider Impact Delivers Groundbreaking Youth Report


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Wider Impact Consultancy, Edwin Lewis