The Melton Learning Hub is an alternative learning centre 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 charity 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.

Our vision is 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.

Our students are 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 behaviour.

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. Please click here to view our prospectus.

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.

Our 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