TIMS Is an organisation designed for young people, by young people. We help the “hardest to reach”, who are not currently engaged with, make positive plans for the future. Our staff combine Performance Coaching, Mentoring and experience from both sides of the fence, to improve young peoples’ well being.
We take a strength based approach that is both holistic and person-centred. It promotes self-awareness and self-realisation – as well as providing mental, emotional, and ultimately the prospect of economic, wellbeing. We work with people who at this point in their lives are more likely to be looking at what doesn’t work.
We deliver a youth work programme: weekly activity sessions, the development of community role models; street-based outreach work where we go out to the young people in some of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods (including work with homeless people in the city centre); personal development workshops; training for community volunteers in interviewing and holding appreciative conversations; and we facilitate community engagement consultations.
Each activity is informed by the needs and interests of the young people taking part – if they want to learn badminton, we obtain an indoor badminton net and equipment; if they want to climb trees, we arrange trips to the park; if they want to learn to ride their bike safely, we arrange guided rides. It is our intention that there is a sense of belonging and ownership.
We are currently running a “Young Ambassadors” program that enables the people using the service, plan the projects and be involved in the delivery of them. We plan to have regular meetings to catch up and find out whats going well, and what we could do more of.
Funding from NHS Liverpool CCG, Awards for All and earned income from community engagement work has allowed TIMS to develop an innovative, creative engagement model that is already demonstrating positive impact for each area of work. Outcomes from our engagement across communities and our coaching by stealth approach are making a difference – the young people taking part are benefitting in their confidence, outlook and attitude.
Recent successful applications to Children in Need and the School for Social Entrepreneurs have allowed us to continue project work in the north and south of the city.