Navigating Crisis is a 4-22 Foundation Project in partnership with the City Bridge Trust. The project aims to respond to some of the strains that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on young people in Tottenham.
The project consists of online support, comprising Employability Training, Mentoring, and Counselling, for unemployed 16 to 19-year-olds who are resident within Tottenham. We are helping young people find full-time jobs, providing positive role models from the world of work and have matched those most affected by trauma to professional counsellors.
The need for the project
Rising unemployment caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has greatly exacerbated joblessness and disadvantage within Tottenham. The resulting economic and social deprivation has also had a significant negative impact on young people.
Young people have expressed anxiety to us about:
• Not having an overall understanding of what they should be working towards
• Not making the most of this time to learn new skills and have fun with learning due to stress
• Not having structure in their day-to-day activities
Additionally, many young people are experiencing trauma as a result of losing parents or family members during the COVID-19 outbreak. The negative economic impact and record highs of youth unemployment will remain key factors for 4-22 Foundation throughout 2021.
This project has been designed, in consultation with the local community, to address the urgent needs of local young people in the following ways:
• To support young people with the employability skills and job search training they require to find full-time work
• To provide mentors from the world of work who will provide mentoring, career development advice, internships, work placements and shadowing opportunities
• To address the negative effects of social distancing on young people including worry, uncertainty, boredom and managing conflict at home
• Professional counselling will improve the mental health and well-being of young people who have experienced trauma through the bereavement or illness of family members or friends, due to COVID-19
Being in work would have a transformative impact on the participants of the project. At work they would be:
• Learning new skills, taking pleasure in learning, problem-solving and completing tasks, providing focus and confidence
• Improving their confidence, raising their aspirations and enabling their potential
• Positively engaged, keeping away from anti-social behaviour and criminal activity
From February to July 2021 we supported a group of young people into paid employment, training or prepared them to be significantly more job-ready. These results were achieved by our employability advisors workshopping the young person’s CVs, helping with direct job searching, assisting with job applications, and conducting interview practice. Our support was personalised and allowed young people to build trust relationships with their advisor.
We recognise that struggles with mental health can be a key barrier for young people accessing employment, especially during the pandemic. Access to counselling and support from mentors removed this key barrier to accessing employment.
To read more about our impact, please download our impact report on our Navigating Crisis project below.
Proudly supported by the City Bridge Trust