Thanks to a one-year grant from the Walcot Foundation, Young Futures has recently been able to put into place a number of key education, employability and financial self-sufficiency-related services at Yvonne House, its Lambeth-based residential therapeutic unit for young women.
Firstly, the kind support from the Foundation allows Yvonne House’s Deputy Manager and Education, Employment and Training (EET) Lead to continue to develop an individualised and thorough EET Pathway in partnership with each young person. This may lead to engagement with external employability programmes. Young Futures also offers MyLife courses, leading to an OCR Introduction to Living and Life Skills Award.
Secondly, English and Mathematics tutors now attend Yvonne House on a weekly basis, to work with the young people there towards qualifications such as GCSEs or Functional Skills Levels. Attaining a qualification can mean a huge amount to the young people we work with, both on a practical and a psychological level.
Thirdly, Young Futures is now able to put in place a programme of Workplace Exposure Placements for young people, matching each young person with several local (or less local) businesses in their fields of interest. The young person can then visit these workplaces and get a feel for the organisations and their working culture through talking to key people there, as well as investigating their possible routes to entering their chosen field of work.
Young care leavers face a great many hurdles in transitioning to adult independence and financial self-sufficiency, and these activities will give the young women at Yvonne House exactly the type of support they need to approach the future with more confidence and security.
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