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Young People – work vs development
Many young people would like to improve their prospects, follow a career path of their choice and get more satisfaction from their work life.
There are ways to help them pursue this through training, apprenticeships and education. The problem for some young people, though, is how do they do this whilst at the same time supporting themselves? Young people who are in employment are often in jobs that are not that secure or pay that well or linked to their long term aspirations. Asking for time off to take part in personal development training might not be an option if they want to a) keep their job and/or b) ensure they have enough money to meet their needs.
How can we help them?
Capital Volunteers is a new project, funded by City Bridge, that will enable BAME young people (aged 18-30) to be better equipped to volunteer and to maximise the opportunity presented to them in their placement through supporting them with their personal development and help them to develop core competencies for any work environment.
As well as development workshops the project will, crucially, provide 1-2-1 support. This will help young people to arrange their development programme to fit in with their time needs – we can come to them when they are available.
Ultimately the project will find volunteering opportunities for young people in the areas in which they are interested thereby giving them a head start in moving towards their goals.
To find out more about the opportunities Capital Volunteering offers visit our Capital Voulunteers page or contact Tebussum Rashid, Head of Volunteering & Innovation at BTEG, email Tebussum@bteg.co.uk
Why your organisation needs volunteers
Capital Volunteers is a new project, funded by City Bridge, that will enable BAME young people (aged 18-30) to be better equipped to volunteer and to maximise the opportunity presented to them in their placement.
To do this we need organisations that are willing to host placements for three to six months.
If you are not sure about taking on a volunteer here are some benefits placements from Capital Volunteers can have for your organisation:
- Bringing a new energy, new skills and new ideas to your work
- Getting help with a specific project or the more general running of your organisation
- Connecting with diverse communities in the UK
- Helping with your corporate responsibility goals
- Helping you find potential talent for future employment
- Enabling you to offer services that wouldn’t otherwise be provided
If you think you can take on a placement or to explore how your organisation can benefit from a volunteer please contact Tebussum Rashid Tebussum@bteg.co.uk
R2S visits HMP Wayland
The R2S team had such an eventful session at HMP Wayland, it gave us an opportunity to listen to the prisoners’ hopes and fears of being released and left us feeling inspired.
When we received the email that the prisoners at HMP Wayland wanted the R2S role models back to deliver another workshop, both staff and R2S role models were excited and keen to go back. This would be our third session at HMP Wayland, where we did our first prison session as a team.
On 12th March 2015 the R2S team - along with R2S role models DD Armstrong and Tony Henry - delivered a workshop on overcoming obstacles and entrepreneurship to a group of 19 young black male prisoners. We all prepared ourselves for what would be a long journey to HMP Wayland in Norfolk, but we knew that the end result would be more than worth it.
When we arrived in the chapel for the session it was great to see that the Equalities and Diversity staff at HMP Wayland had done their utmost to ensure that our target group were black males between the ages of 18-25. Not doing this has been an issue at other prisons. It was also lovely to be greeted by familiar faces who were keen to be at the session and happy to see us again!
Why do we enjoy working with the same organisations? Because we can see the difference that we make each time we visit.
“This event was very helpful and has made me see things like how I can change my life around even though I have been to prison”
Prisoner at HMP Wayland
Our first visit to HMP Wayland was in October 2013. The prisoners then were defensive and less engaging. They almost used the R2S session as an opportunity to discuss how oppressed they felt in the prison. The second and third time that we have been to the prison it has been such a difference. It is almost like the sessions give them hope upon release. Although there are clear issues expressed by staff and prisoners about the lack of understanding of the needs of the black prisoners, the prisoners are able to leave the sessions with aspirations.
“Routes2Success delivered a positive and upbeat presentation thanks to their role models. Our young men were engaging and opened up their thoughts and feelings about what their future holds outside of prison.”
Safer Custody and Equalities Officer at HMP Wayland
Many of the prisoners are from London and are not happy about being so far away from home and, because it is so expensive for their friends and family to travel to visit them, they feel even more isolated.
The R2S sessions give them an opportunity to discuss their issues, hopes and fears with other black men who understand where they are coming from. As well as giving them hope, the sessions give the prisoners an opportunity to look at issues they may face upon release.
The session ended on a high, with the prisoners sitting at piano and rapping lyrics to a song they had written collaboratively. This is an image the media would never portray, but was one of unity and positivity between prisoners.