The Dreamscheme Network South West supports and enables local people and organisations to grow and run successful Dreamschemes in communities across the south west. They are a registered charity (number 1143963).
How we started
A growing number of organisations and community groups were developing Dreamschemes in our region, with training and inspiration from founder Kate King. Four things encouraged us to set up a SW Network:
- Enthusiasm for the proven benefits of this simple, positive approach and a wish to see more people and communities benefit.
- First-hand experience of the challenges of starting and maintaining a Dreamscheme and the immense benefits of support from others who have done the same.
- Encouragement from Kate King of the National Dreamscheme Network to pick up the banner at local and regional level.
- Strong support for a regional Network at the first SW Dreamscheme Showcase event in October 2008.
They began offering support from 2009 and with the help of supporting agencies raised funds to recruit our Network Co-ordinator, Sam Jury, who joined them in November 2012. They held their first AGM in February 2013.
Dreamscheme is a positive way of working with children and young people in their own communities.
Young people decide what needs doing – from gardening, to making a bench, clearing up rubbish, repainting fences, creating s newsletter or baking cakes for neighbours. They do the work, learning skills as they go from the adults they work with.
They earn points for every hour they work.
They spend their points on trips or activities that they choose. It could be anything from football coaching to swimming, a picnic or a chance to try their hand at something new.
Quality Level Marks: Level 1, Level 2
Social Value Pledges:
- They pledge to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health and well being of young people within the UK
- They pledge to empower young people to become actively involved in their communities by volunteering their time and being rewarded for the time they give
- They pledge to provide opportunities for learning, developing skills, entrepreneurship and experience that contributes to increased employment opportunities
- They pledge to provide positive activities for young people to engage in, reducing boredom and anti-social behaviour
- They pledge to bring together the private, public and civil sector