PeoplePlus NI previously delivered the #BEEproject (Building Employment through Education), an intergenerational programme that launched in 2016 and ran until June 2018. The two stage programme supported families, children, and young people through 20 schools across the Northern SIF Zone and through four lifelong learning hubs in Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Larne and Moyle.
Funded by the NI Executive’s Social Investment Fund, PeoplePlus NI worked in conjunction with Causeway Rural and Urban Network (CRUN) to promote intergenerational learning and employability, helping improve the home learning environment and break the transfer of disadvantage from parents with poor literacy, language and numeracy skills to their children.
The #BEEproject worked with over 6,200 children and their families across 10 primary and 10 post-primary schools in the Northern SIF Zone. PeoplePlus NI and its partners provided free breakfast clubs, transition training, Coding for Kids courses, Dads and Lads groups, interview/career days, Cooking with Teens events, and more.
Working with head teachers and principals, the #BEEproject also identified children who would benefit from extra support in their family life, with those parents and families receiving mental health support and counselling sessions.
Working with local community centres, the #BEEproject team developed four learning networks promoting life-long learning among people of all ages. With the aim of using skills training and recreational learning to break the transfer of intergenerational disadvantage, over 2000 adults participated in craft workshops, fork lift truck training, gardening clubs, mental health awareness courses, walking clubs, community events, and more.
Over 600 unemployed participants achieved qualifications through the #BEEproject with PeoplePlus NI, with over 150 adults moving into employment or further education.
As part of the #BEEproject's legacy and informed by support required throughout the programme, PeoplePlus NI identified genuine needs within community groups/centres and schools and distributed hundreds of education and training resources to continue the #BEEproject's mission of promoting intergenerational learning beyond the lifetime of the programme.
Local community groups received cooking tools for healthy eating courses, art supplies, and computers and/or tablets for ICT training. All 20 participating schools received educational resources for the benefit of both participating pupils and for future pupils, such as iPads, books and stationery, along with resources to support literacy, numeracy, ICT skills and special education needs.
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