Dreamscheme was started in 1995 by a lady called Kate King who lived in Sheffield. She realised that young people were just hanging around doing nothing. When questioned they indicated that they didn’t feel a part of the community and didn’t think they could do anything to make their area better. Kate wanted to do something to bring a sense of ownership of the area to the young people. Hence dreamscheme was born. It is now a nationwide programme.
Dreamscheme assumes that young people can do wonderful things with a little help from adults. Dreamscheme enables young people to volunteer in their communities. The young people identify the work that needs doing in their area and are supported to carry it out. In return they receive points for each hour worked. These points are then converted into rewards/trips.
WORK – POINTS – REWARD.
Dreamscheme is for young people between the age of 8 -16yrs
Southern Brooks have been running dreamscheme in Bradley Stoke for nearly 5years and have worked with over 100 young people on various projects in that time clocking up over 2000 hours of voluntary work.
The benefits of dreamscheme are multi-factorial, on a personal level the young people gain an increase in self-esteem, appreciation of work done by other voluntary organisation, realisation that you can have fun whilst doing something for others and learn new skills. From the community point of view the young people feel a greater sense of belonging to their area, an increase in civic pride and a desire to do more volunteering – a change in mindset. The community gain by having a growing group of responsible young people in the town.
The projects that the young people have chosen have been varied, they have carried out intergenerational work with older residents including going garden clearance for the last 3 years, car washes and making cards with older residents. They have also done litter picks (surprisingly they enjoyed this), bag packing to raise funds for local and national charity, community graffiti project at the skate park to make the area more pleasant, and making bird boxes for the Three Brooks Nature reserve and planted primroses at Primrose bridge, bulbs in Merryweather close and at Christ the King church among many other projects.
Currently the dreamscheme project is funded by Knightstone housing association. The aim is to engage with a wide cross section of young people in Bradley Stoke to build volunteering into the fibre of the next generation. We have carried out 8 projects so far and have more in the pipe-line.
If you have children between 8 – 16yrs and would like them to learn about volunteering, have fun, gain new skills with other like-minded young people then get in touch with us.
If you’re over 18yrs we’re looking for adult volunteers to support the young people. we’ll guide you through your volunteering process and you’ll get the opportunity to make a difference to young person life as well as to your community
Contact: Winsome on 01454868570 or email Winsomebmuir@southernbrooks.org.uk