The Together We Can Succeed programme is a mint venture between Winning Steps South West, Transferable Skills Training (TST) and Battling On, designed to re-engage vulnerable young people who have come away from mainstream education. Each organisation brings a different set of expertise, knowledge and skills to the programme.
Battling On Community Interest Company was established in 2012 to help support members of the Armed Forces who were struggling to make the transition from military to civilian life. Since its inception, Battling On has become a multi-award winning organisation that supports not only veterans, but also some of the West Country’s most vulnerable young people, through innovative programmes and approaches to solving complex social problems.
Battling On uses the best practices of green space intervention coupled with the camaraderie of like-minded veterans to help tackle issues from low self-esteem and confidence to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Transferable Skills Training (TST) is an education and training centre specialising in teaching vocational skills to young people. TST was established in 2004 to work primarily with young people who have fallen outside mainstream education or training, offering a provision to 16-19 year olds alongside young adults with educational healthcare plans up to the age of 24. We have a flexible and individual approach to re-engaging these young people, helping them to gain vocational qualifications, and to progress into further training, education or employment.
Where needed, our learners are given full support with all aspects of personal and social development alongside their educational programme. We have an open-door counselling policy where students can access help at the point of need, and we will arrange more specialist counselling where needed.
TST has a rolling programme of education, whereby learners can engage with us at any point during the academic year.
Winning Steps South West was established to work with some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach members of our society, helping them to engage with life, with their community, and live full and independent lives. Many of these individuals have physical and/or mental health issues, low self-esteem, poor social skills and lack emotional resilience. Our programmes are highly individualised to ensure each person is given the opportunity to maximise their own personal strengths and break down barriers to engagement.
The Grown That Way project is a recent addition to the Merryhue Roster, with the beginning of 2022 seeing the plans coming into force. A Community Research Garden will hope to build resilience and employability through plant and land based learning and skills training to support communities in a landscape changing with the climate emergency. We are here to share, learn and inspire!
Aside from the three main branches of the organisation, Together We Can Succeed often works with other local community groups to improve the lives of people living in the South West. We strive to create a comforting atmosphere to all those we get involved with, and ensure a calming space at our home, Merryhue Farm.
Though we are primarily an education setting, we often host events that you may sign up to! These events include Arts & Crafts, Open Studios, Cooking and more, so keep your eyes out for updates in our upcoming events page!Want to know more?