The Accompanying Project is a project of the charity Bath Youth for Christ. Bath YFC is a community of staff and volunteers motivated by their faith to see children and young people be all they can be.
About six years ago whilst working in secondary schools in Bath we had several conversations with school staff where they told us that they wished that the young people, we were mentoring at the time, had some sort of support earlier in their schooling.
These conversations sparked a pilot project with two primary schools in Bath in which Bath YFC staff supported vulnerable year 6 pupils through their final year of primary school and into the first term of their first year in secondary school. A piece of research into the pilot project was conducted which demonstrated the impact on the pupil both in terms of the support in year 6 and its impact in enabling the pupil to start well in secondary school. You can download the pilot project research here.
Following the initial year the project has slowly grown and now works in schools in Bath, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire being delivered by Bath YFC and partners.
Across the different hubs we now work with about 25 children every year and this is set to grow in the coming years.