Praise for iTrust project supporting Sandwell young people

A Sandwell Council project aimed at supporting young people through the transition between primary and secondary school has received praise. iTrust Sandwell works with young people with complex and challenging family situations, helping them build resilience and make positive life choices, as well as supporting their parents and carers.

The project launched in 2019 and is funded by cash from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It will continue to run until April 2021.

Almost 1,200 young people in Smethwick and West Bromwich have benefited from the project since it started. iTrust Sandwell works on helping young people with their confidence and self-esteem, relationships, physical health and encouraging them to stay safe and make good life choices.

The team delivers targeted support to young people who need it most, including setting up activities, organising support sessions and mentoring for children and their families, as well as parenting sessions and school assemblies.

The project has reported how children taking part have seen improvements in their behaviour at school, relationships at home and with friends and coping with stress. Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for best start in life Councillor Joyce Underhill said: “iTrust Sandwell is an inspiring project helping to change the lives of young people who need some extra support due to their family circumstances or other factors. “The team work directly with young people and their families to offer support, advice and guidance to help make that sometimes tricky transition from primary to secondary school.” Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Maria Crompton added: “The iTrust Sandwell project is proving a real success. The team are working with young people who need some extra help and support as they move from primary school to high school, and the reports of the impact of the scheme are very encouraging.” To find out more about the project go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/itrustsandwell

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