Young people in Leicester not in employment, education or training (NEETS) are to be helped into work thanks to a £35,000 grant to youth charity, TwentyTwenty. This grant will helped to fund the Journey to Work programme.
Supporting disadvantaged young people
Over the next three years, around 250 young NEETs between the ages of 11-24 – many of whom are also homeless, involved in substance misuse and crime – will be helped through the Journey to Work programme.
These are young disadvantaged people who have failed at school, through being excluded or not being able to engage with mainstream education. They exist in a demoralised state, feeling neglected and without a meaningful future. TwentyTwenty will not only teach them the maths, English and employability skills they need to find and keep a good job, but also the vision and confidence to go out and get one.
Young people who come to TwentyTwenty face a wide range of personal and social needs: poor physical and mental health, learning disabilities (many on the autistic spectrum), caring responsibilities (including teenage motherhood), lack of decent housing, family criminality, gross economic disadvantage, low level drug addiction and a complete lack of societal or family support.
Journey to Work
Through intensive one to one support from a Journey to Work Coach and Tutor, the young people will undergo an eight month programme of education, life and work skills, work experience and counselling. These will prepare them for either work or further education, during which they will be supported by volunteer mentors.
Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons visited TwentyTwenty to find out more about the programme
Mark Vyner, CEO from TwentyTwenty said:
“We’re very grateful for this generous grant from Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons, which will allow us to help hundreds of young people to turn their lives around and see a real reduction in the numbers of local people without jobs.”
David Hagger from Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons said: