The Joseph Trust is a small but successful Christian charity which aims to help young people in York who have been excluded from Mainstream Education or are at risk of being excluded. Reasons for exclusion or potential exclusion can include bad behaviour, emotional issues, poor attendance and other challenges.
The young people we work with are usually aged between 10-16 and are referred to us through Danesgate skills centre.
Our mission statement is
to empower all those placed with us to reach their highest potential, by helping them into employment, further education or mainstream schooling.
What we do
We work on a farm near Storwood and Rossmoor where we take small groups of Children. There, we mentor them and teach practical skills in woodwork, horticulture and mechanical engineering. We also have chicken and ducks which the children care for and collect eggs from.
We take an individual approach so each child has a personal project that they can work on towards the end of the day with us. This is designed to motivate and challenge them and usually includes targets for them to work towards.
We have a maximum of four students per day from 10am to 2pm. We have three instructors so maintain a good staff to student ratio. Most students come one day a week, but this is flexible based upon their needs and the needs of the school. Usually children are with us for between two and four terms. Again, this is assessed on a case by case basis.