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Targeted youth support delivers positive destination

Targeted youth support delivers positive destination

Sadie White No Comment

Our Targeted Youth Support (TYS) advisers are celebrating yet another positive outcome for a Sheffield youth not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The young person had been NEET for over one year, after having a negative experience within education and with peers and as a result had become extremely disengaged socially, often not leaving the house and struggling to communicate with family and friends.

The young person had been reluctant to engage with Sheffield Futures previously so Lucy Ruck, one of our TYS workers, worked with him to gradually build up trust and form a positive relationship.

Rather than focusing on the enormity of stepping into full time training and education, Lucy got to know the young person and his interests and used this as a “hook.” He showed an interest in basketball, so Lucy contacted the Manager of Sheffield Sharks and he agreed to come and meet us. The young person needed encouragement and reminders to attend but when he did it was a positive meeting and we looked at all of the options which might motivate him to get out of the house, beginning with an informal basketball session taught at weekends.

This was the prompt that the young person needed to feel that there could be a positive future, so quickly building upon this, Lucy contacted one of the teachers in the community where the young person lived to see if he would do a home visit to talk about a sports based programme. This again was successful. It took plenty of encouragement and for Lucy to support the young person at the meeting – but he agreed to start.

Meanwhile Lucy also contacted Princes Trust. The young person’s parent had been struggling with finances and was concerned this would be a barrier to them starting the programme, but Lucy helped them to apply for a development award which would go towards buying kit. This took some time but is successfully now being processed and will provide a great incentive for the young person.

Lucy also supported Mum with applying for a bus pass and sorting out her child benefit – again it became quickly obvious that this could be a barrier and so this was actioned as quickly as possible.

When the young person was due to start his course Lucy  ensured she had good contact with the young person and his family to encourage him through the transition.

Lucy went to see the young person and his Mum two weeks into the Princes Trust course and things have gone extremely well. The young person said he was really enjoying the course, has made friends and is feeling the most positive he has felt in a long time.

Lucy asked them to complete a feedback questionnaire and they commented that they were very pleased with the support they had received, that it had helped a lot, that support was appropriate to need and consistent. The young person said the thing he was most pleased about was making friends, also that he had done some exercise for the first time in a while and it had made him feel good.

Mum commented that she had seen a real change in his behaviour especially in the mornings when they no longer had arguments when she asked him to get out of bed 😊.  She also said that the young person appeared more confident about going out and about in the community and that they were getting on a lot better as a family.

We are pleased to say that the Princes Trust gave really positive feedback about the young person and his progress!

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