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 become disengaged with learning. It is also a center for community focused learning, whereby residents of Melton Mowbray and local area can use the center for a variety of courses, sessions and events. 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. The success of this initiative has already been recognized, with the Melton Learning Hub winning Market Town awards for best strategic and partnership working and for the best regional initiative.

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The Melton Learning Hub is close to the town center 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 educationhub

In the day, the Learning Hub is designed to engage the hardest to reach. In the evening, it offers a broader range of services for young people at 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 – 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.

When you arrive you are surprised by the quality of the environment. It is attractive, colourful, positive and celebrates success – 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 and they routinely look after the garden. Inside there is a workshops, classrooms, kitchens and a gym.

The Hub is a ‘revolving door’ – 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 center 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 typical programme for a student who might once have been permanently excluded includes some of the following:

  • Peer teaching and support to develop life skills around issues such as alcohol, drugs, smoking and pregnancy

  • Inclusion in a group project, for example, in building garden furniture in the workshop – discussing the customer’s needs, costs and meeting deadlines, with the income reinvested in the center

  • Participating in a college-based programme

  • Working in a small group with a tutor to do literacy and numeracy work linked with the project and gain accreditation

  • Work-related learning through work placement and active involvement of local businesses

  • Opportunities to gain qualifications in relevant areas with transferable skills achievable in a discrete period of time, for example, in food hygiene, manual handling or first aid at work.

  • Group work with health and social services on building relationships undertaken with parent(s) and other strategies to promote physical and mental health and well being

  • Work with the police/YISP/YOS to build trust and positive relationships and responsibilities

  • Other multi-agency work, for example, on dealing with conflict

  • Work with a personal tutor to agree and review the programme Work with a community friend, ideally an older person with strong interpersonal skills and time to give Work on a sports leaders programme to develop and use coaching skills within the local community

  • Work with Careers, LEBC, the Princes Trust and Youth Service to raise aspirations and directions for development Wider programmes, such as managing conflict, offered by a range of agencies.

Students negotiate how the center should be used, learn to hold each other accountable and take on leadership roles. A kitchen/recreation area provides a location where they can drink coffee 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