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Juicy Blitz Evaluation Brief - April 2017

Juicy Blitz Youth Involvement Project – who are we?

Juicy Blitz is a young person’s health and participation project in the heart of Lawrence Weston, run by BREAD Youth Project and funded by The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. Juicy Blitz operates from a shop unit transformed into a young people’s juice and smoothie bar in Lawrence Weston parade.

Juicy Blitz employs 5 staff (full-time project manager; 30 hour per week youth support worker; 18.5 hour per week youth support worker; an advanced apprentice and a casual youth support worker) and operates through the provision of:

  • Twice weekly drop in sessions for 11-21 year olds (up to 25 years for those with learning disabilities) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5.30pm (on average these sessions attract around 15-20 teenagers each day)
  • 3 weekly project work sessions during the day and in the evenings (working with groups of 8-10 young people)
  • Holiday activities and events
  • Educational residential experiences
  • One to one support for young people with additional or complex needs.

The project engages 200+ young people every year, delivering a number of 6-12 week programs and twice weekly drop in sessions.

Programs and activities include:

  • Youth-led social action projects
  • Volunteering opportunities/work experience placements
  • Health education initiatives – Mental health & wellbeing, healthy eating, self-esteem, anti-bullying projects etc.
  • Sports and physical activities
  • A mobile smoothie bar health & enterprise project
  • A Police & Young People Together Project
  • One to one support sessions
  • User involvement.    

These activities work towards the following outcomes, as agreed with The Big Lottery:

Outcome 1: Young people involved in the project will have achieved increased levels of participation, related to tackling issues in the local community.

Outcome 2: Young people will demonstrate an increased knowledge and awareness related to improving personal health and wellbeing.

Outcome 3: Young people will demonstrate an improvement in key skills and abilities that will enhance their education, training and employment prospects.

Outcome 4: Young people will have increased confidence and aspirations.

BREAD Youth Project received £486,000 from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund between August 2013 and 2017 to fund the current activity, with match funding from The Lloyds Foundation 2012-2014. This follows on from a previous six years of funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities 2007-2013 amounting to £1,100,000 over 10 years.

What are we looking for?

 Juicy Blitz is now in its final year of a four year Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant and we are looking to undertake an external evaluation of the project, which should include:

  • Evidence how the existing project is making a difference
  • Demonstrate that there is still a need for it or provide evidence of changing needs
  • Show what worked well and what could be done better with further funding
  • Evaluation of methods of outcomes monitoring, evidencing and impact reporting
  • Feedback from/involvement of stakeholders and partners
  • Case study interviews &/ or focus groups discussions with a sample number of project participants. 

What data already exists?

A large amount of information exists on the activities at Juicy Blitz during this grant period. This includes annual reports, as well as information on the young people attending Juicy Blitz, including number of participants, and an index of evidence that captures young people’s learning and achievements through young people’s activity logs, session evaluations and John Huskins Leadership Development Model (2011). This will all be made available as part of the evaluation.

A previous external evaluation of the project was undertaken in 2012.

Timescales

We would like to commission the evaluation to start week commencing 29th May, and would like the evaluation report to be complete by the end of June.

Budget

We have a budget of approximately £4,500 to complete the evaluation.

What next?

The deadline for responses from potential evaluation providers is 5pm on Wednesday 10th May.

We will invite those that we wish to shortlist to meet with us on Friday 19th May to discuss submitted proposals. We will contact shortlisted providers by the end of business on 11th May.

We aim to commission the evaluation by 24th May.

We are looking for potential providers to respond with the following information:

  • An estimate of how much it will cost them to produce the evaluation
  • An estimate of how long it will take them to produce the evaluation
  • A brief outline of the methodology they will use to complete the evaluation
  • An estimate of what additional resources are required from Juicy Blitz to produce the evaluation (e.g. phone or faceto-face interviews, meetings etc.).    

Contacts

If you have any questions or need more information please contact Emma Rigby on 0117 982 4963 or email: emma@breadyouthproject.org.uk.


TRUSTEES

Do you share our passion and want to make a positive contribution to young people's lives? If yes, we we want to hear from you!

We are seeking a number of enthusiastic Trustees to create a Board that offers a diverse range of skills & experience, and as such welcome applications from all interested parties. We are also keen to recruit trustees who have expertise in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Information Technology / Web development
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic knowledge of youth work and local services in Bristol
  • An interest and enthusiasm to support work with young people through youth services and/or education
  • A connection with the Lawrence Weston area with passion for improvement of local services

 Trustees assist us in achieving our vision by:

  • Providing strategic direction and leadership for BREAD
  • Advocate for the organisation and its work
  • Support the organisation to meet its legal requirements
  • Support the organisation to maximise opportunities for the benefit of young people

In return for your time and commitment we are able to offer training and professional development opportunities, plus the knowledge you will be helping to support young people's health and personal development.

For more information about this voluntary role and to request an application form please contact info@breadyouthproject.org.uk or telephone 0117 982 4963.