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Backing given to young people’s support project

Posted on 2nd December, 2015 by Lincoln Against Poverty

A project to help young people who aren’t in employment, education or training has been given backing by City of Lincoln Council.

The Network aims to be a successful, sustainable and innovative one-stop-shop facility for youngsters. With its partners, its key objective is to contribute to the economic and social regeneration of employment opportunities for young people across Lincoln through advice, guidance and support services.

Run currently as a partnership by a management board, the city council’s Executive approved on Monday night that The Network should be reconstituted as a separate sustainable charity with Councillor Rosanne Kirk, the Portfolio Holder for Social Inclusion and Community Cohesion, approved to sit on the management board.

The authority also approved £26,000 per year up to March 2021 of strategic money already allocated to youth unemployment to secure its sustainability.

The Network will:

  • Encourage and support young people with appropriate advice and guidance on training, education and/or employment
  • Develop the skills in knowledge among young people to enable them to participate in training, education and employment
  • Develop employment opportunities for young people with employers
  • Raise employers’ awareness of the positive impact of employing and investing in young people
  • Provide facilities by which volunteer members can support young people
  • Ensure the activities, opportunities and services that The Network may offer are open to all young people
  • Develop partnerships within The Network with local partners and providers and national organisations that assist young people in achieving their aims
  • Maximise income from all sources to enhance The Network’s provision to the community
  • Develop a strategy that enables financial independence for The Network

Councillor Kirk said: “I’m delighted to be part of the management board of The Network.

“By creating a one-stop-shop it means there’ll be somewhere where young people, parents, carers, employers and anyone interested in education, employment and training can go to and obtain information, advice and guidance on a range of matters.

“As a council, two of our aims are to grow the local economy and protect the poorest people and The Network will go a long way to help us to fulfil these.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits The Network will bring to young people in the city.”

The Network will be based on the ground floor of City Hall in early 2016. The day-to-day staffing will be put in place by Voluntary Centre Services who will make the initial contact with those accessing the service, signposting individuals to the help on offer. It will be supported administratively by City of Lincoln Council and Citizens Advice.