It Takes a Village to Raise A Child

MAP is pleased to have agreed ongoing partnerships for the VRAC project with three schools across Norwich; City of Norwich School (CNS), Jane Austen College (JAC), and Sewell Park Academy (SPA). 

What is VRAC? 

The project will develop an integrated child and community-oriented service in partnership with education by jointly creating and offering a person-centered “menu” of support and engaging opportunities. Through these opportunities, the project aims to address the numerous and complex challenges that young people of secondary school age experience. Such challenges can create barriers to their educational, social, and personal development. An important concept of this project is that young people will have an active part to play in choosing the support and activities that they engage with, we will therefore be promoting these services clearly within our partner schools. 

This project will work with our partner schools to pilot methods for “extended learning” through joint activities in and out of school, which foster a sense of wellbeing and belonging. These will include: 

·         Assemblies on subjects relevant to social and emotional wellbeing 

·         Young person led youth groups, facilitated by MAP workers 

·         Mentoring and mediation support for individuals to support them through challenging times and to help them to communicate their needs and perspective more effectively 

·         Counselling for individuals who would like support with their emotional wellbeing 

MAP will be working with the schools’ communities of staff, parents, carers and significant adults in young people’s lives to improve and support the social and emotional well-being of young people together. To this end, we will offer: 

·         Training and support for school staff in areas relevant to student and staff mental health and wellbeing 

·         Training and support for parents in subjects that local parents feel would be useful. We will work with our partner schools to consult with parents and guardians as to what subjects are important to them.  

·         We will work with local organisations and professionals to ensure that the most relevant support and best opportunities are available to young people, their families, and their schools when they need them 

This is an exciting and significant project for MAP. It is our first European project to involve young people and educational settings. 

This “Interreg 2 Seas” project will run for 45 months until September 2022 and is a project involving 8 partners from the UK, Belgium, France, and Holland who each have similar remits within their own communities. After an initial period of development and partnership building our substantial project delivery will take place from January 2020 to January 2022.