The Chancellor today visited Stroud Youth Centre, which is managed by Prospects on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, to meet young people and hear how the youth centre has helped them.
George Osborne, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Neil Carmichael MP for Stroud talk to young people at the Stroud Youth Centre.
Like many of the youth centres in Gloucestershire, Stroud Youth Centre provides support for all young people but focuses on those with the most complex barriers to employment. The Chancellor took part in an ‘Ascent’ workshop which supports young jobseekers to improve their confidence and self-esteem in order to find employment. The Ascent programme started at the beginning of this year and has already helped 59 young people in Stroud this year, and 397 across Gloucestershire.
The Chancellor also took part in a bike maintenance workshop and heard from some of the young people about the challenges they have faced and how the youth workers at the centre and across Gloucestershire have supported them to find employment.
Helen Jones, Manager of Stroud Youth Centre, said:
“This was an excellent opportunity for the Chancellor to see the work we are doing with young people and the difference it makes to their futures. We meet young people where they are at and provide holistic support based on their individual needs. Mr Osborne was genuinely interested in our young people, their stories and how they are being helped into sustainable employment.”
On behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, Prospects provides the Youth Support Team which works with approximately 6,000 vulnerable young people in the county, targeting specific groups who are most at risk of not making a successful transition into adulthood. This includes young offenders, care leavers, unemployed young people, homeless young people, teenage parents, young people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties and young people with substance misuse issues or other health needs. The Youth Support Team is multi-disciplinary, made up of youth workers, careers specialists, health and family support workers, police and probation officers.