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SOVA: Supporting our Future
Young, unemployed or lacking experience? SOVA want to help. Since being established in 1975 they’re now one of the most productive charitable organisations in Britain.
SOVA work predominately with young people in conjunction with a lot of agencies and government departments including the Learning and Skills Council, National Probation Service and Social Services too.
SOVA is stands for Supporting Others through Volunteer Action. Their key goals are to reduce crime, strengthen communities, increase employability and deal with social problems that young people deal with on a day-to-day basis. To achieve this, they are currently running a series of projects.
One of the projects they are running in the West Midlands is called SOVA BIMS (Birmingham Integrated Mentoring Service) which is funded by The Children’s Society. This project is designed specifically for young adults who have recently come out of care and have no significant parent figure in their life. The service aims to:
- Increase and improve sustainable support networks
- Improve life chances for care leavers
- Improve the emotional health and resilience of care leavers
- Enable care leavers to be healthy and stay safe
- Involve local communities in working with vulnerable young people which will promote community cohesion
SOVA works with these people on a 1-1 basis ensuring that this service is tailored to the individuals’ needs.
Alongside this project, SOVA help ex-offenders by offering a mentoring service, and they organise work placements for young people who want to gain some work experience. Though a lot of the projects are targeted at young people they do have programmes which are aimed at adults & communities in general. Additionally, SOVA offer volunteering opportunities for anyone who wants to participate in the running of their projects. For more information on their projects and volunteering opportunities across Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK, visit www.sova.org.uk.