Charity youth programme launches at Swindon Academy to support students

By Claire Dukes - 11 September 2018


Innovative youth charity, Grit – formerly known as Youth at Risk – has begun delivery of pupil coaching programmes, working in partnership with local school, Swindon Academy.

Supporting young people in the secondary end of the school, the unique development and coaching programme aims to light the spark of aspiration, helping pupils to achieve their full potential at school and beyond.  

Young person from a Grit programme said: “It was like a light bulb switch went in my head and suddenly changed the way I looked at everything.”

Crucial to the success of the programme is the role that local adults will play in supporting young people. Adults from the community will be trained to coach young people for six months, supporting pupils as they work towards goals and help them stay on track as they make positive changes. 

Speaking of the prgramme Sabrina Chambers, a previous Grit volunteer, said: “An excellent experience which not only contributed to my personal development and hopefully that of my young person, but satisfied my social conscience.”

This is an opportunity to contribute to the lives of local young people, give back to the community, and be part of the solution.

Recruitment has now begun for the local volunteers needed to coach and support young people throughout the programme. No previous experience is needed, just a passion for making a difference with young people in your community and time available to coach. 

All volunteers will be trained in Grit’s high-impact, life coaching methodology which many continue to make use of way beyond their involvement in the programme.

For more information about the programme or to volunteer as a coach, please contact Andrew on 07787296193 or

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