About the service

The Elevate programme is for young women aged 16 - 24 who have been through Abianda’s one-to-one service.


Young women must be ‘group work ready’ - for example: they are able to commit to attending group sessions, to working with other young women in peaceful and non-conflictual way, and have an interest in working around the project issues. The programme runs twice a year only.


This is not a case work and advocacy service - however close contact with lead professional for safeguarding and advocacy needs is in place.


What do young women get?

Young women get a 10-day programme delivered by the Abianda Participation Team and Abianda Consultants.


Young women will be accredited as follows:

  • Week 1: CPD in Level 1 Skills Development 

  • Week 2: Level 1 Leadership  


It is an intensive 2 week group work space where they work on:

  • Self care and life skills development

  • Work skills development 

  • Leadership skills development

  • Introduction to campaigns work

  • Support to access education and employment opportunities

  • Building trusting relationships with the team, enter into group discussions and individual/team challenges.


The programme builds on young women’s existing knowledge, skills and confidence to become confident facilitators and trainers. The second week has a focus on leadership.  Exploring personal and social identities through power and equalities, the final week will be led by the young women developing a social action campaign targeting an issue important to them. 


What follows Elevate?

At the end of the programme, participants have the opportunity to apply to become ‘Consultants’.  Consultants are young women employed by Abianda who deliver professional training to a range of frontline services providers.  The programme is co-facilitated by previous Consultants who act as mentors throughout the two week programme.

Following the programme young women will benefit from a Tailored 1:1 support session to focus on EET opportunities so they can safely move on from Abianda.