“Hi, I’m Stephen. I’ve suffered with a lot of mental health, including split personalities, depression and anxiety, PTSD and self-harm, and I’ve lost countless jobs because I couldn’t handle the stress or the amount of pressure that was put on me growing up. I tried to commit suicide a lot in my past, but in 2017 I overdosed and ended up in a hospital because of my actions. Continue reading “Stephen’s story. In his own words.”
In 2015, West Yorkshire’s Talent Match partnership were doing a great job in supporting long-term unemployed young people across the county, but they had identified that the lack of young people’s involvement in making decisions about the work of the programme was a weakness in an otherwise great partnership. Continue reading “Young people take the lead”
When we brought together some very willing young people hoping to form a group of Ambassadors for Talent Match, we knew there would be some challenges. The only things thing they had in common were the multiple barriers they faced and the isolation that comes from long-term unemployment. Continue reading “Residentials work wonders”
At a community meeting in Great Horton, an area was highlighted as suffering from a high level of anti-social behaviour and lack of community cohesion amongst residents. We were already working with the local housing association, so we began detached youth work sessions in the neighbourhood to investigate how we could help.
Continue reading “Communities come together”
My name is Amber. I’ve just finished my degree in Social Work and have decided to move to Romania to volunteer at an orphanage called Pro Vita. Over the past 6 years I have changed from a person who was too anxious to even order a take-away to someone who is planning to move to a completely different country with no-one I know.
Continue reading “Amber: From Wakefield to Romania”
Newly-arrived Roma young people in Barnsley have long felt disadvantaged on many levels. Roma gypsy young people in particular have lacked access to services and are at risks of further marginalisation and discrimination. Their levels of self-confidence are often low and the isolation they feel from the local community leaves them with no real sense of belonging. Continue reading “A sense of belonging”
Aaron is always trying desperately to improve his current situation and prospects; he has had a troubled past that he wants to leave behind. It sometimes seems like the world is against him as circumstances have often put him into a vicious cycle which he is unable to get out of and in the main its through no fault of his own. Continue reading “Against all odds”
We met Amber when she came along to one of our Talent Match Ambassadors sessions, when she suffered with mental health issues, low confidence and self-esteem. Continue reading “Amber’s Story”
FE students across our region are struggling with work readiness. Traditional employability programmes in schools and colleges focus heavily on CV building and interview skills. However, the ‘BESTest’ psychometric assessment is, time and time again, demonstrating that deficits in initiative, resilience and workplace behaviours are particularly holding young people back from progress into employment.
When Alex Gill first got involved with us as part of the summer NCS programme in 2014, she already had a strong ambition to study medicine and become a doctor in the NHS. She knew that the long road to becoming a doctor is a competitive one and that working with us provided a real opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
When we first met Salome (her friends call her Shay) last year, she had recently arrived in the UK. Shay was born in Latvia, part of a Jewish family and had travelled frequently to ensure her parents could find work. She had moved schools and homes many times during her childhood and teen years. Initially, Shay was really quiet and most comfortable when others would take the lead.
Continue reading “Shay’s first year in the UK”