More than £700,000 has been given to help young people in the London Borough of Brent and is already being used to help improve the lives of struggling youngsters. The scheme aims to work with more than 200 young people over three years.
The funding of £726,997, from the Big Lottery Youth in Focus scheme, is being used for the ‘Fixed 4 Your Future’ (F4F) project, managed by Prospects, on behalf of the London Borough of Brent Council.
Over the course of the first year more than 117 young people in the borough joined the programme and are being supported by life coaches who offer advice and guidance. An ‘Apprentice’ style challenge was also launched.
Andrew Wilkinson, Prospects Operations Manager, said the project would be key to ensuring young people are able to integrate in the community.
He said, “We want to be able to give people the resilience they need to succeed in the community environment.”
The College of North West London is also involved and is running workshops to teach essential aspects of everyday life such as cooking hot meals.
Cllr Mary Arnold, lead member for children and families, praised the scheme but added that it was important to recognise the challenges faced.
She said, “In Brent, the percentage of young people aged 16-18 who receive the offer of a place in education, employment or training is the fourth highest in the country (97.4%).
“But the most vulnerable, such as care leavers and youth offenders, have a greater challenge.”
Other partners include Brent Care Planning, Youth Offending Service, Genesis Community Foundation, First Rung and BANG Edutainment.
Cllr Arnold added, “Young people are our priority in Brent and we are optimistic that 'Fixed 4 Your Future' will secure a fairer chance by supporting individuals not only through employability training but sustained by mentoring and life coaching once in employment.”