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25 September 2014

Thursday 25 September

London Youth’s outdoor education centre Hindleap Warren was one of three Standard 2 winners of the Project Oracle Evidence Competition. This award is fantastic recognition of the impact evaluation data the team at Hindleap Warren and our Head of Learning Dimitrios Tourountsis has been collecting for the past year to illustrate the key outcomes for young people from a residential at the centre.

Project Oracle is London’s first children and youth evidence hub, managed by  The Social Innovation Partnership and London Metropolitan University. They are funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to improve the chances for children and young people in the capital by promoting quality evidence of what works. They do this by supporting services to improve the delivery of youth programmes and informing the funding process.

Project Oracle had this to say about Hindleap Warren:

"This outdoor education programme aims to challenge young people, encouraging and enabling them to reach out beyond that which is familiar and comfortable. Using a systematic approach, the Hindleap evaluation demonstrated statistically significant positive findings. A key strength here was identifying unexpected benefits of the project as well as combing process and outcome evaluation."

London Youth member organisation The Winch was one of the other winners of the Standard 2 Evidence Competition through their pilot project Promise Academy.  The North Camden based organisation’s pilot aims to bring together mental health, education, and social interventions to help young people aged 11-25 flourish and succeed despite poverty or disadvantage.

Another of London Youth’s members, London Bubble Theatre Company, missed out on winning but were validated at Level 2 for their Speech Bubbles programme. This programme has been going since 2009 and works with children in Key Stage 1 with a Speech, Language and Communication Need. In Speech Bubbles sessions, drama practitioners and school staff create a safe and playful space for children in KS1 to develop their communication skills.