Barnardo's Works - Stage 1

What do we offer at Stage 1?

Barnardo’s Works run Activity Agreements which are focused around your needs. Barnardo’s Works offer a mix of one to one mentoring, personal development and confidence building. You can also access Driving Theory Practice Drop In Sessions and receive support in job searching. Activity Agreements allow you to participate in a positive activity that will help you to shape your future and plan for your next steps.

Who can apply?

You are eligible if you have left school and are unable or not ready to access other options because of problems such as prolonged absence from school, disabilities or learning difficulties. You will need to be aged between 16 and 17 (up to 18 in some cases and up to 19 for those with additional support needs or learning difficulties). For further information visit the Activity Agreement page. Activity Agreements are available throughout the Highland area. Barnardos Works offers Activity Agreements in Caithness and Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

What can you achieve?

Barnardo’s Works deliver SQA accredited qualifications and awards. On an Activity Agreements you can work towards a Personal Development Award at SCQF Level 2 as part of your plan.

Could I get a training allowance?

You may be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
For further information and to check if you may be entitled to claim EMA visit: Highland Council EMA

Who do I contact to find out more?

In the first instance speak to the Activity Agreement Coordinators
Paul MacMillan (North) - Ross-shire, Caithness, Sutherland and Skye - Tel: 01349 868278
Matthew MacIver (South) - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch, Strathspey, Lochaber - Tel: 01349 868269

Alternatively contact us directly:
Rebecca McKenzie -
Leah Sutherland -
Caithness & Sutherland:
Ana McCarthy -
Badenoch & Strathspey:
Saran Cleary -


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