About us


The Melton Learning Hub is an alternative learning facility that offers young people a wide variety of exciting and practical courses. This modern and unique facility strives towards success by engaging young people who find traditional educational settings challenging.

The Hub was established in June 2006 and has grown and achieved significantly to its present level of service. The Hub has an outstanding reputation with young people, parents and partner organisations as an effective and successful provider.

The Melton Learning Hub is a youth support initiative that offers alternative learning to young people who have found mainstream education challenging.  Our vision has been to draw together all the public sector agencies working with these young people and work together to help them experience success and become good citizens who contribute to our community. They will be given the opportunity to gain accreditation and develop the skills for work, the capacity to sustain relationships and to live fulfilling lives. This has brought the potential for early gains but much greater longer term benefits as we develop proactive approaches and ways of intervening to break cycles of deprivation and anti-social behavior. Young people, their parents and the community are now able to participate in a wide variety of alternative learning activities ranging from ICT to mechanics and construction. We offer levels from Entry Level 1 through to GCSE equivalent qualifications.

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The Melton Learning Hub is close to the town centre and a true multi-agency facility which combines a garden area with social and learning facilities. Converted from a gymnasium, it is a modern, singlestorey, red- brick building, dedicated to the day to day support and development of students who might otherwise lose contact with education.hub

In the day, the Learning Hub is designed to engage the hardest to reach. In the evening the charity offers  a broader range of services for young people through The Venue by working with local partnerships, parents and young people, helping to build relationships and improve anti social behaviour.

With this facility in place, local schools have made a commitment to inclusion through the behaviour partnerships – a public undertaking supported by governors and the community that education matters too much for any student to be permanently excluded from school or learning opportunities. Schools now work to change very challenging behaviour through use of the Hub and its facilities.

 The Hub enables young people to achieve and feel connected with and proud to be a part of our learning community. Outside students have built a patio area outdoor classroom and they routinely look after the garden. Inside there is  workshops, classrooms, kitchens and a ICT lab.

The Hub offers a variety of placements – some young people will spend considerable time and may end their formal education there. Others pass through for a short time to enable them to be supported in reintegrating with learning and, following that, may just drop into the Hub for one or two mentoring sessions a week. Every student in the centre has an individual plan, negotiated, agreed and reviewed. There is a commitment for parents and carers to engage from the start. Wherever possible they agree and support a contract and participate in sessions to hear about progress. In turn they receive mentoring support to help them in their new role and, finally, come to a graduation type event to celebrate successes.

DAVEannYoung adults who have found school difficult to engage with have told us that they want to know about health issues ‘not by being lectured but talked to and real information from people who have been there or who know what they are talking about’. As a result we propose to develop the use of peer teaching. This matched wider research which endorses that young people are often most willing to learn from people two years older than them

 A kitchen/recreation area provides a location where they can prepare their own food and drinks and learn vital social skills. There are possibilities to engage in mentoring and supporting, for example in the special school, or in providing services for older people in the community.

Key to the success of the Hub will be the sense of services from agencies ‘surrounding’ young people and their families, not separately intervening. In this way, the Hub is the physical manifestation of multi-agency partnership, with social services, police, health, the Borough Council, the Youth Service, Chamber of Commerce, Careers and schools/college having a stake and, across the week, a presence in the programme of activities.

Objectives

Our over-riding commitment is to help young people be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; and achieve economic well-being – the aspirations of ‘Every Child Matters’.

In the short term we want young people at risk of permanent exclusion to:

  • Improve self-esteem, self-confidence and experience success

  • Remain a valued part of our learning community

  • Be better supported by family and friends through effective engagement with the programme

  • Experience support and encouragement through a nominated ‘friend’ drawn from a group of adult volunteers with time to give and successful experience of parenting and/or work with young people

  • Build secure basic skills and skills to enable them to get on with people, succeed, and enjoy life Gain employment and/or training leading to recognised qualifications

  • Make a positive contribution to our community

  • Engage in sport, physical activity

  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle by stopping smoking, eat healthily, improving sexual health, and avoiding drug and alcohol misuse

  • Reduce dependency on local services Improve physical, mental health and quality of life

  • Re-engage in learning and, wherever possible, reintegrate into school

  • Become good citizens and good role models for their peer group

  • Reduce incidence of ASBOs and contribute to the local crime reduction strategy.

We also want to enable parents, carers and friends to:

  • Develop skills in setting boundaries and in providing guidance and support

  • Improve mental health and well-being of families Benefits