The #Focus5 project provides unique, flexible, one-to-one support to young people aged 15-18 across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset, who need help taking small steps into education, employment or training. The project aims to help young people develop the five main skills identified as being gateways to employment; Communication, Customer Service, Organisations, Teamwork and Problem Solving.
Who Can Benefit?
#Focus5 helps young people who may be struggling to move forwards in life. We are funded to support those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming so. We also help any young people who are home educated or out of education/employment for medical reasons.
What Support is on Offer?
Young people are assigned to a #Focus5 key worker who works one-to-one with them to build confidence, improve self-esteem and recognise strengths. Together they then create a bespoke plan of activities to meet immediate and long term aspirations. This can include; creating a CV, applying for jobs or apprenticeships, interview training and work experience, developing organisational and life skills, learning about financial independence, mentoring to overcome barriers and social skills activities. Partner organisations we work with include; Sound Gallery, Eat That Frog, Young Devon, Young Somerset, Brain in Hand, Wings South West, I Can Do That CIC!, Cosmic, Teignbridge Community & Voluntary Services, The Volunteer Network, YMCA Plymouth. Childcare funding is available for young parents while they are working with #Focus5.