Helping young people get the right answers is essential. And the answers need to be easy to access and helpful. Prospects, the education, employment and skills company, have developed Wotify Calderdale, an App that offers just that.
Searching online gives hundreds of results, but, it’s not always easy to judge what the right answer is from the scams and conspiracies. Some answers are inaccurate, some are confusing, some are downright dangerous. Young people need the right answer, from someone they can trust.
Wotify is an App that gives young people instant, understandable and accurate answers to more than 100 questions. “Wotify need to get a job?” “Wotify get evicted?” “Wotify need a bank account?”
Developed with young people the questions and answers cover areas from housing, work, health, transport, money and relationships. Each Wotify answer is short and most have links to useful sites with more detailed information.
Young people can submit their own Wotify questions, and the answers get added to the App, making sure Wotify is a one stop shop for answers to current questions.
Free to download, Wotify has been developed by Prospects, who work in partnership with Calderdale Council supporting looked after children and care leavers in the area. Developed with young people and care leavers in Calderdale, Wotify gives helpful advice for any young person as they move towards independent living.
Hasan, 21, who is doing work experience locally tried the App out: “Sometimes it’s hard to know who to ask or where to go to get answers when you search online, but this is really useful information, all in one place.”
Regional Operations Director, Jenny Cryer says: “We are always looking for new ways to develop our services and to connect with the young people we support. Originally we came up with the idea for a website, but consultation with young people told us they would prefer an App. The App has some information specific to Calderdale, but many of the “Wotify” answers apply to young people everywhere and we hope it will help young people generally to get straightforward answers to their questions.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Megan Swift, said:
“The way we communicate with young people is changing and it is essential we engage with them in ways that they find easy and accessible. We are delighted that Prospects have developed this new and innovative app. It will ensure young people in Calderdale have access to accurate information on their phones whenever and wherever they need it.”
Every care leaver in Calderdale will be encouraged to download Wotify when they first have contact with the service. The App is free and is available for IOS and Android. To download the App, search the Apple Store or Google Play for “Wotify Calderdale” (shortly to also be available on the Windows store).
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Notes to Editor
Images from Wotify
The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what we do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. Each year we support more than 500,000 young people and adults.
Wotify is free to download and all care leavers in Calderdale will be encouraged to download it when they first have contact with the service. There is specific information for care leavers on the App but it is also relevant for young people across the country.
To download the App, search the Apple Store or Google Play for “Wotify Calderdale” (shortly to also be available on the Windows store).
About Calderdale Leaving Care Service
Prospects’ Leaving Care Service ensures that young people who are looked after by Calderdale Council and who leave care, have their needs assessed and have appropriate plans in place. Calderdale Council awarded the contract to Prospects in 2011.
Alona de Havilland
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