Psychology students provide early intervention through Strawberry Fields Training to support young people on the verge of criminality

 A father and his daughter

The Organisation

Strawberry Fields Training works with adults and young people on the margins of society. They aim to support and meet the needs of every client, contributing to stronger and safer communities; reducing drug and alcohol use; helping to reduce offending rates locally and anti-social behaviour, and acting proactively with first time offenders.

www.strawberryfieldstraining.org.uk

The Challenge

Strawberry Fields Training needed support for the Early Intervention programme of provision for young people and families that are struggling with everyday life, and on the verge of criminality.

Skills Sought

  • Previous experience working with young people and their families

The Solution

Psychology students were recruited through the Psychology Voluntary Placement Programme for a placement of over 20 hours with Strawberry Fields Training. The students supported the project manager to handle cases on a 1-2-1 basis, providing holistic wraparound support to vulnerable young people and families and promoting effective inter-disciplinary and inter-agency relationships, acting as a link between these parties, to ensure continuity of care.

Impact

The students work benefited a wide range of people including vulnerable young people and their families who were given more support. This has a positive impact on society.  

Benefits

  • Promoted links between the university and different agencies
  • Developed skills of volunteers
  • Provided additional support to vulnerable members of society

Organisation Feedback

“SFT has an excellent relationship with Lancaster University. Students and staff have been very supportive of the work we do, supporting all aspects of SFT from business development to front line service delivery. Our ethos is that all parties need to benefit for volunteering to work properly.

"The Psychology Employability Programme is one example of the relationship and how it can benefit all parties. Students receive training and experience, our clients benefit, SFT benefits and the University benefits. It has been a very good and worthwhile experience engaging with the project, and one we hope can continue in the future.” Paul Ireland, Director, Strawberry Fields Training CIC.

Future Plans

Strawberry Fields continues to work with the University in future projects including hosting future volunteers.