This new project launched in May 2014 when John Armstrong joined the LookwideUK team. Future Steps supported by the ‘Newcastle Fund’ has three strands to support young people in the East End of Newcastle that are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) to take steps toward a more positive future:
Access to Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and support to help them to return to education or join the work force.
- Access to personal development activities and qualifications that promote engagement and increase confidence, motivation and personal skills.
- Supporting young people to identify personal strengths, carry out action planning and complete applications that help them to return to education or employment.
In the first 6 months we have knocked on the doors of 164 young people and:
- 30 young people have accessed IAG and support.
- 5 young people have asked for and received support to attend interviews and open days - having someone to accompany them has given them to confidence to take a brave step forward.
- 18 young people are no longer NEET as a result of our intervention.
When LookwideUK met Sophie, aged 17, she told us that she had left school due to bullying at the age of 14. Sophie’s confidence and self-esteem was at a low level but she would love a career in child care. After just a few weeks engaging with Future Steps her confidence grew and she is now on a foundation course in Child care at Tyne Met College.
Nathan came to us with a troubled past, having had a few run-ins with the Police and being regularly excluded from main stream school. Nothing seemed to keep him engaged apart from his interest in mechanics and cars. Future Steps got him to use that passion and he is now enrolled at Oakfield College on a Mechanics course.
As you can see this project is definitely achieving positive outcomes for young people, but as it was only funded for one year we are currently considering what the future will be for Future Steps.