Minding The Gap

What is Minding The Gap?

The project provides targeted and intensive support for young people in Suffolk to gain and sustain employment and education. These young people are unemployed, economically inactive, facing significant challenges / barriers to accessing employment or currently experiencing / at risk of social isolation.

Who can take part?

Young people with complex needs who are most distant from the job market and experiencing multiple barriers to accessing services and employment related support. This includes:

  • socially isolated
  • single parents
  • substance misusers
  • homeless
  • travellers
  • BAME
  • LGBT
  • women
  • ex-offenders
  • disability
  • low qualifications
  • rurally isolated and deprived
  • Special Educational Needs
  • English as a Second Language
  • mental/physical health needs
  • Aged 15 to 18 NEET or at risk of being NEET
  • Aged 19 to 24 Economically inactive or unemployed

Who are the partners?

Minding the Gap is a partnership of seven organisations led by Community Action Suffolk. The partners provide a range of free activities to young people (aged 15-24) to support them in gaining confidence, experience and new skills to enter the world of work.

Access Community Trust delivers independent living skills, education and training, employment mentoring, mental health and wellbeing services to overcome barriers and fulfil potential.

Involve provides engaging client led leisure activities and workshops, that enhance life choices and healthy lifestyles, improve social opportunities, develop life skills, and prepare for independent living.

Lapwing Suffolk designs and delivers inspiring, individual and appropriate learning programmes for young people marginalised through ill-health, disability or circumstance.

Red Rose Chain is a theatre company which runs community projects alongside their professional productions and education programme.

Realise Futures delivers skills, careers and employment support to offer individuals, the holistic wrap around support needed to tackle multiple barriers to employment and social inclusion.

Green Light Trust brings people and nature together through a series of projects that encourage people to enjoy being outdoors and protect the environment at the same time.

Phoenix Rising offers activities, education and challenges based on individual need. They focus on confidence, personal development and reducing risk taking behaviour to remove barriers to employment.

How do I find out more?

If you think you are eligible for support, know someone who could be, or would just like some more information, please contact the Minding The Gap project:
01473 345352 / 07955 866994


Read individual case studies on the next page…