This is the story of Generation CashBack Phase 5 Year 2
At the beginning of Phase 5 Year 2 of Generation CashBack, Scotland was still in a country-wide lockdown. While young people were still able to go to school, it looked very different from the norm with bubbles, masks, distancing, and no extra-curricular activities. Youth workers returned to the remote and online delivery they’d become well practised at, sustaining engagement until face-to-face activities could be reinstated.
Generation CashBack worked hard to support groups with both online and face-to-face delivery. While in lockdown, Development Workers offered online worker training, video resources and digital Lead sessions for young people.
As groups began meeting face to face from summer 2021, Development Workers helped them to interpret Covid guidance and implement precautions, and supported with the necessities to get in person sessions up and running again. This provided young people with much needed spaces to socialise, develop skills, and rebuild confidence lost during the isolation of the pandemic. The flexibility of Generation CashBack’s delivery model allowed Development Workers to meet bespoke needs of groups as much as possible, and provide effective support with long-lasting impact.
The consortium continued with a targeted approach in Year 2, identifying groups based in areas of multiple deprivation who were reaching many of the most vulnerable young people, for whom the support was even more important in the light of Covid recovery. Despite the ongoing Covid challenges, the consortium exceeded targets for Year 2 and the evaluation of the programme continues to show that Generation CashBack has significant positive impact on the young people involved.
Here are some of their achievements:
- 99% of young people report that Generation CashBack activity has had a positive impact on their behaviour and 98% reported that they feel more confident
- 30,976 the number of hours young people have contributed to volunteering
- 3,292 young people engaged in a Generation CashBack activity
- 77.3% of the young people engaged in Year 2 were from SIMD 1-2