This project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to offer targeted support to some of the hardest to reach young people throughout Suffolk, to help them move successfully towards the labour market.
Supporting young people
Working in urban, rural and coastal communities in Suffolk the Minding the Gap project provide targeted and intensive support for unemployed and economically inactive young people who face significant barriers to employment and are currently, or at risk of becoming, social isolated.
Project activities develop emotional wellbeing and mental health, new skills and experience, and support progression into education, training or employment.
“The support has been AMAZING! …My confidence in dealing with new situations has definitely improved… it’s really helped being around others in similar situations and learning different ways to build my confidence and self-esteem”– B, age 21, Sept ’19
Into Employment, Education & Training
The project is designed to be highly responsive. Specialist caseworkers provide 1-to-1 and group sessions, underpinning the development of employability skills, personal resources and experience including training and qualifications, voluntary and work placements, by providing support with issues including confidence building, conflict resolution and anger management, healthy relationships, drugs and alcohol issues, self-harm, and communication skills.
With regular opportunities to take part in forest schools, cookery, meditation and mindfulness, walking groups and much more, all support is built around participants’ individual needs, focussing on relevant, high-quality interventions and personal development.
16-24, or at risk of becoming NEET
Young people we can work with will be aged 18-24, or 15-18 and at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). They will be struggling to overcome barriers to work, education and/or training, must be eligible to work in the UK, and unemployed or economically inactive.
For anyone fulfilling the project criteria, support can be provided to obtain evidence of eligibility, plus any relevant travel or child care expenses.
“The support has been fantastic. Getting onto courses was seamless and job searching was made really easy ….I had been in hospital because of my mental health and I was unemployed …Now I feel more positive about work… I found employment in my volunteer roles and at a florists.”C, age 24, August ‘19