Stephenson College have been nominated to receive the prestigious Chief Constable’s Award at a ceremony at Leicestershire Police Headquarters for their fantastic work with a group of vulnerable young adults alongside Leicestershire’s Youth Offending IMPACT team.

With the assistance of Beauty Therapy tutor Jane Harwood-Scott the College took 13 Year 11 girls from the local area who were classed as vulnerable  or at risk of offending.

The IMPACT team were unable to find any suitable out of school activities that appealed to the group, a local Police Community Support Officer recognised through consultation that the idea of a Hair and Beauty group would be an ideal proposal to put to the young girls, which was well received.

Meetings took place with the Police, IMPACT and Stephenson College on the best way to deliver the programme, which was written and delivered around the needs of the group.

The qualification that was attached to the course was the VTCT Create a hair and beauty image using colour. The young girls spent 12 weeks on the programme, held during the evenings at our Coalville campus, which saw an incredibly impressive overall attendance of 85%. At the end of their time studying eleven of the girls obtained distinctions and two with merits, much to the pride of all involved.

As a result of the course the girls have not only enjoyed great academic success but it has been reported that they have all now been able to go on and be advocates for other young people, along with keeping themselves safe.

7 participants are now enrolled as full-time students at Stephenson College where they are studying Hair and Beauty, Childcare and Business and are positive about their futures.