With the closing of schools across the UK since the end of March, all of our Flourish and Rooted projects have been put on pause until further notice. This has meant that we have had to stop our courses in the middle of a school year when we were building momentum with schools and students. With the future uncertain as too when schools will reopen and the financial implications, this could have on education, the future of Flourish projects is unknown.
During our lockdown, we know that many students will have spent months at home, possibly in unsafe and damaging environments. The need for our courses in schools once they open, in our eyes, will be massive. But this may not be possible if there is no funding for external courses for students.
We are currently reaching out to local churches to see if they would be willing to partner with us. Our desire is to help equip and train volunteers/staff to become facilitators of the project so that the local Church can be a part of the solution in making a difference to young people's lives and to the community as a whole. This partnership helps bridge the gap between the local Church and local community, developing positive relationships, where Flourish facilitators can be people of influence wherever they are.
We offer a Facilitator Training Day to train any volunteers or staff that might want to become facilitators of The Flourish Project, using it to reach and impact their local school communities by running the 8-week programme.
Once volunteers/staff are trained, we provide you with an annual license giving you access to all the resources you will require to see this project outworked locally.
If this is something your church or organisation may be interested in to support your local community during this difficult time, please let in touch with us and we can give you more details. Check out our Churches Guide with more details about this partnership.
Check out what some of our mentors and schools have said about our programmes:
“Partnering with the Flourish Project as a mentor has been an eye-opening experience and deeply rewarding. The topics presented carry great significance in a young person’s development, shaping their future, whilst learning and discovering in an engaging environment. The materials are well-thought-out, easy to get on board with as a mentor, and easy to understand for a young person. From a mentor’s perspective, being able to see the change in these children’s lives has been priceless and a joy to have partnered with.” - Joe Cowley, Rooted Mentor, Life Church EU, Bedworth
"One [parent] said, ‘This has inspired my daughter to audition for a lead role in the Year 6 play. She’d never have done that had she not been part of this project’. She auditioned successfully and did an amazing job! Through the project the girls showed improvement in all 3 areas, however, the most impact was in their mental well-being which is so important for the secondary transition.” - Rachel Ayres, Headteacher, St Mary's C of E Primary School