Move On Up

About Move On Up

Move On Up is a National Lottery Community Fund funded project that will provide early support to 290 young learning-disabled and autistic people in Leeds and Bradford leaving school, college and young people’s services, empowering them to transition successfully to adult community services. The project will run until the end of April 2025.

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We work in partnership with local schools, colleges and young people’s services to deliver interactive and creative transition workshops. The workshops focus on topics which equip young people with new life skills, so they transition to adult services feeling confident, with increased self-esteem and independence.

Transition Workshops

We work in partnership with local schools, colleges and young people’s services to deliver interactive and creative transition workshops. The workshops focus on topics which equip young people with new life skills, so they transition to adult services feeling confident, with increased self-esteem and independence.

Buddy Scheme

We’re working with partner organisations to train learning-disabled and autistic adults to become Buddies, so young people attending taster sessions are supported by a peer.

One to One Support

We can provide one-to-one support to young people who need longer-term, holistic support to transition to adult services.

Support for families and carers

We can support parents, families and carers by offering advice, information and guidance about community activities and funding arrangements.

The Move On Up team is made up of Projects Manager, Hannah, and Projects Assistant, Róisín, who are working with Fran, our Chief Executive Officer, and Bronia, our Head of Programmes to bring the project to life!

January 2023 Update!

By the end of 2022, Move On Up participants had explored a variety of different activities in their workshops, including the arts, employment skills, horticulture, learning and self advocacy. Participants then chose their favourites! These choices informed the creation of individualised organisation recommendations, which participants received in January to help them explore the adult community services they may want to visit and attend. 

In our second term, the Move On Up workshops will focus on the Transitions Toolkit: ten skills that can help participants feel more confident in the face of change. Participants will be using their voice to tell each other what is important to them in a variety of creative ways, creating rafts for Maltesers to practice problem solving, using decision making skills to create their own desert island disc and more! 

A woman is standing and twirling a long piece of multi-coloured ribbon in the air.
A woman is smiling and doing a thumbs up to the camera. She is wearing a wedding veil and holding up a picture of King Henry VIII.
There are 2 marionette puppets being held up on a fake grass ground, with coloured flowers around them. Each puppet has a polaroid photograph for its head. One is a jester and one is a craftsmen.

Move On Up’s Impact

A graphic of a purple speech bubble next to 2 sunflowers. The text in the speech bubble says 'The [Move On Up] programme has widened the students' ideas and aspirations for their future'.
A graphic of a purple speech bubble next to 2 sunflowers. The text in the speech bubble says 'Our young people have gained so much confidence that they know they have a voice and can make choices for their future'.

‘Workshops acknowledged and addressed the feelings, concerns, issues participants may have as they transition out of college and into new services, facilitators were very skilled at addressing the issues around transition and change, while also highlighting and exploring the potentially positive aspects. Each workshop addressed an aspect of transition, explored it thoroughly, delivered activities so the participants could ‘workshop’ the issues, shared ‘tools’ the participants can utilise to manage the issues, and also explored and highlighted the potential positive aspects of transition…This comprehensive approach enabled each participant to feel much more confident and less anxious about their future.’ College Tutor

At the end of the first year of Move On Up, the participants took part in a creative evaluation session, so they could feedback on how the project had impacted their feelings around transition.

81% agreed they had had the chance to share what they feel, their thoughts and their experiences

100% agreed they had been supported to try new things

88% agreed they felt more able to make new friends

79% agreed they had more information to make choices about their future

85% agreed they felt less anxious about their future

At the start of their Move On Up workshops, each participant created a confidence sunflower: a visual representation of their confidence levels around transition. The participants created a second sunflower at the end of the year to see how their confidence had grown over the year.

At the start of the project, only 48% of participants felt positive about transition, with a further 31% of participants feeling negative about it. In contrast, at the end of the project, 61% of participants felt positive about transition and only 17% felt negatively, leaving 21% with neutral feelings.

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A woman is holding up 2 sunflower artworks. One has larger orange petals and one has smaller yellow petals.

Move On Up Resources

Transitions Toolkit

The Build Yourself Up Transitions Toolkit is a booklet of creative activities to explore different skills that can help participants feel more confident in the face of change. If you are a Move On Up participant, you can click the link below to access an online copy with your exclusive password.

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Move On Up Network

The Move On Up Network is a group of organisations and services across West Yorkshire who have provided us with up-to-date information about their service to share with Move On Up participants. Click the link below to access the easy read information booklet.

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Buddy Training

We have developed the Move On Up Buddy Scheme to develop the peer support available for young people transitioning into new activities and organisations. Take a look at the training available and get in touch if you would like a Buddy Training pack for your organisation!

If you have any questions about the Move On Up resources, please contact Hannah or Róisín using their details below.

As always, a big thank you to Beth who designed our logo, and the wonderful icons that accompany the various strands of the project!

Move On Up Contacts

If you would like to know more about Move On Up, please get in touch! You can contact Hannah or Róisín using the details below:

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Hannah, Projects Manager

Email: hannah@purplepatcharts.org

Telephone: 07547 401776

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Róisín, Projects Assistant

Email: roisin@purplepatcharts.org

Telephone: 07715 411536

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Move On Up is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Move On Up Gallery

Using bubbles to give us time to think before solving problems!

Creating salt-textured watercolour fish to learn about why the sea is salty in our Purple Patch transition days.

Comparing confidence sunflowers to see how we have grown.

Having a go at some indoor fishing!

Writing the Moving On Up cool down song!

Confidence sunflowers at the start of September 2022.

Solving electrical circuits to create music using the Makey Makey and a plant!

Filling our cloud 9 with all our favourite things!

Visiting the Move On Up network in the summer.

Our new cohort’s confidence sunflowers!

Celebrating the transition of students starting at Purple Patch Arts.

The ‘Build Yourself Up with your Transitions Toolkit’ resource book.

Taking part in the Bradford College transitions event we helped to organise!

Creating a collage of colour to explore art activities and practice teamwork.

Having a go at different sporting activities at our Move On Up sports day!

Trying different instruments in our music and dance session.

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