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Q: Which organisations are providing services through the ADAPT project?
A: Salford Foundation - GEARS+ - CRIS
Salford Foundation offers personalised support, mentoring and advocacy to improve confidence, skills and aspirations. We also address negative, risk-taking or unhealthy behaviours, helping young people to maintain a positive lifestyle.
GEARS+ offers a wide range of developmental opportunities, linked to accredited qualifications, including metal art, bicycle maintenance, go kart building, car and motorbike maintenance.
CRIS offers training and support in film, music, theatre production and creative media.
Projects help people gain hands on experience working with industry professionals, using professional technical equipment and the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications.

Q: How is the project funded?
A: ADAPT is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund's 'Youth in Focus' programme.

Q: Which young people are eligible to take part in the project?
A: A young person must be aged between 15 and 25 and have served a custodial sentence in a Young Offenders Institution. The project is for young women and for young men who have additional needs regarding their learning (whether or not this has been formally assessed). If a young person has served a custodial sentence in an adult prison they are unfortunately not eligible for the project.

Q: What if I know someone who fits that criteria, but they don't live in Salford, Trafford or Manchester?
A: Unfortunately, at the moment, we wouldn't be able to work with this young person. However, if they have strong connections to one of these areas and live nearby, it is worth phoning for a discussion with the Senior Team Leader.

Q: How can I refer someone to the project?
A: Our referral form can be downloaded here. We strongly recommend you phone and discuss the referral before you fill out the form.

Q: What's a Peer Ambassador?
A: A Peer Ambassador is a young person, normally aged 18-25, who's been involved with the criminal justice system themselves, but who's made a successful transition away from a life of crime. Peer Ambassadors are paid employees of the project partners who work alongside the professional-level staff and who have a particular role in engaging effectively with hard-to-help young people, and ensuring the voice and influence of young people is effective within the project.

Q: How can I learn about what ADAPT is doing and how it's being successful?
A: ADAPT is being externally evaluated by the University of Salford and ARCS Ltd. The interim and final evaluation reports will be available to download from this website when they are published. We will also be holding periodic 'open house' events which will enable service users, professionals, policy makers and commissioners to interact and to discuss 'what works'. If you would like to attend one of these events, please get in touch.

Q: How can young people shape and change the services provided through ADAPT?
A: ADAPT has a Service User Forum which is facilitated by our Peer Ambassadors and meets regularly. This provides young people on the project to tell us what is working well and what they would like to see done differently. The Service User Forum has access to an Innovation Fund, through which they it can pay for services or to implement ideas that it believes will make a big difference to young people on the project.

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