Talent Match currently works with a variety of organisations who help to support young people into employment. We draw on the skills and experience of the specialist partners to provide a high quality lever of service to our young people.
St Basils supports over 4000 young people per year, aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with advice, prevention, accommodation, engagement and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives.
At any one time they have over 400 young people living in their supported accommodation schemes, which for some people includes their young children as well. They have services tailored to support young residents to build confidence and re-enter education, training and employment to help them move on and be truly independent.
The YMCA provide opportunities for children and young people that prepare them for adult life and the world of work through their nurseries, positive activities, after school clubs, play schemes, supported accommodation, alternative curriculum, employability skills, volunteering and family engagement, including within prisons.
They run vibrant, bustling community centres with popular youth clubs in Malvern, Upton upon Severn, Kidderminster and Redditch. Malvern Vale and the Hill Community Centre in Upton boast impressive sports facilities, suitable for football, cricket, basketball, roller hockey and bowls.
The Talent Match Worcestershire scheme is funded by the Big Lotto Fund. They are responsible for distributing 40% of all the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. In the 2014-15 financial year, they awarded more than £1 billion to projects with a social mission.
In regards to Talent Match, The Big Lotto fund has provided an £108 million investment to tackle youth unemployment across 21 areas in England one of which is Worcestershire in a bid to help and support those furthest from the job market. You can read up on how else the Big Lotto Fund supports projects with a social mission here.