No Need for NEET supports young people and adults aged 16+ in Northamptonshire who are not employed, in education or in training to create opportunities for them to re-engage with employment, education or apprenticeships. The aim of the project is to tackle social exclusion and help the most disadvantaged with a work readiness programme whilst offering a 1:1 service supporting social and emotional needs.
The project is delivered in partnership with Goodwill Solutions and its partners under the Building Better Opportunities Programme and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund. The project is open to a wide range of people from various backgrounds and helps to remove barriers into employment. In particular it can assist those with carer responsibilities, mental health problems, disabilities, people without qualifications, people who are unemployed, low income households, offenders & ex-offenders, homeless people and care leavers.
No Need for NEET impacts clients socially, emotionally, financially and personally. The project has supported clients who initially came to the scheme suffering with complex mental health issues, depression, low self-esteem and negative coping strategies including self-harm and suicidal tendencies. The clients were also often isolated from their local communities, often lacking the confidence to go outside and meet people due to high levels of anxiety.
The No Need for NEET project has supported people helping them build up their self-esteem to a point where they can find healthy coping strategies, positive ways to manage their thoughts and mental health, and to build up confidence to face their social anxiety. Clients have built up their resilience to a point where they are able to start engaging in wellbeing activities such as joining a gym or sports club or learning new skills and activities to use as outlets.
Clients have reported that conditions they have struggled to manage all their lives have improved massively and that they are able to better regulate their emotions and wellbeing helping them to feel closer to their families and friends.
The No Need for NEET project has not only helped people find work and housing but also improved their emotional wellbeing and confidence in their abilities to believe in themselves.
If you know someone who may benefit from our No Need for NEET project contact our NEET Mentor Tony Butcher by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.