Pioneers Project CIC
The Pioneers Project CIC works with children, young people and families to positively impact the social, emotional and mental health of those struggling in these areas. We offer youth work-based one-to-one support work and group interventions through engagement with schools and other organisations.
The Pioneers Project CIC was born in communities in Plymouth where people face disadvantage, and it has grown to serve children, young people and families who need support across Plymouth and into South East Cornwall and the South Hams in the UK. We value people and their individuality but recognise that connection is so important for our mental health and sense of worth. Our support services have been designed to help the participants understand their awesomeness, find comfort in who they are and connect with other people.
Our services help positively influence people's social, emotional and mental health by giving them the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone in a safe manner. Our services aspire to engage people who may be struggling to find interests, passion and hope beyond where they stand in the present. Our services enable us to become a mentor, a coach, a youth worker, a critical friend, an ally, an advocate, a positive role model and so much more. Our services help our service users to become better than they were yesterday in whatever way they decide.
We work with schools across Plymouth, south east Cornwall and the South Hams to engage those children and young people struggling most. We provide either one-to-one or group support packages that are holistic in nature and help participants to form trusting relationships with adults outside of their inner circle. Our aim is to help young people grow in confidence, self-esteem and self-worth so, if needed, they can access more specialist support from our in-house team which includes a an Occupational Therapist who specialises in sensory intervention and sensory profiling work with young people; a behavioural therapist who specialises in 'Theraplay' with extensive experience of working with looked after children and young people or those who've been adopted; a speech and language therapist with experience of working with complex children and young people, particularly those on the autistic spectrum. We take a long-term approach to this work and pride ourselves on being able to see young people within 6 weeks of the initial enquiry, meaning no long waiting list for intervention with those most at need.
The focus of our community work is to build assets and services that benefit a wide audience from babies to the elderly, helping to create lasting connections between those who access our services. This intergenerational approach helps to reduce isolation, improve community connectedness and foster a sense of belonging where people live. We deliver a community café supported by Starbucks, M&S, Tesco and Lidl. We are rejuvenating a community allotment space, helping it to become a thriving outdoor learning space for a whole community. We are delivering social action projects for young people in the community they live. We are working to explore the possibility of renovating an old, derelict Ministry of Defence barracks site into a thriving hub that will help people's social, emotional and mental health.
Our story began in 2017 when our directors came together to develop a youth work organisation that could help meet the need of young people in communities across Plymouth.
Since our first steps, we have grown to become an organisation that:
- now supports individual young people in schools across Plymouth, Devon and South East Cornwall as they tackle a crisis or challenging circumstance around their social, emotional and mental health. We do this through coaching, mentoring and befriending;
- developed group youth work projects where children and young people can develop key life skills;
- created community projects for all ages to mix and find new relationships;
- partnered with an Occupational Therapist, Behavioural Therapist, and Speech and Language Therapist to help with more specialist and complex cases of need;
- taken the leasehold on an overgrown allotment and a derelict barracks with the aim to redevelop each of these into incredible community resources.
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
- 0 to 1 years old
- 5 to 11 years old
- 12 to 16 years old
- 17 to 25 years old
- 1 to 2 years old
- 2 to 3 years old
- 3 to 4 years old
- 4 to 5 years old
- Mental health
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