Spear Brighton Trust

Give vulnerable young people hope for their future

Spear Brighton helps young people facing disadvantage into work or education. We equip them with confidence, motivation and the vital skills they need to succeed in long-term employment. With unemployment set to grow amidst the economic impact of COVID-19, they need our support now more than ever.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1179174)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£19,210

Time left

2 days

Donations

31

Championed by Four Acre Trust

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

  • “I grew up in foster care, struggled at school & did badly in my GSCEs. I was in & out of jobs and then COVID hit & I wasn’t even sure how to work. Everything changed when I joined Spear. It made me realise that I’ve got a lot of potential & I'm very capable of doing anything I set my mind to."

    — Kayley, Spear Digital Trainee

  • “Before Spear I felt so isolated and felt a failure. The aspect of community is what kept me turning up to Spear each day. My confidence has grown so much - I really don’t think I’d ever be anywhere near where I am now if I didn’t join Spear.”

    — Candi, Spear Digital Trainee (now in employment)

  • "We are delighted to support Spear Brighton. The team are fantastic and the transformation in the young people they work with, truly incredible. The confidence, positive mind-set and self-belief that every one of the recent graduates showed during their virtual celebration event was inspirational."

    — Laura, Fonthill Foundation (Spear Brighton funder)

  • “I have been consistently impressed by the Spear training provision. The dedication of the coaches is really inspiring and the format of the course perfectly structured to springboard young people into work."

    — Astrid, Work Coach, Brighton Job Centre (Spear Referral Partner)

Situation

The under 25s will be amongst the worst hit by the economic impact of coronavirus. At the end of last year there were over 760,000 young people not in education, employment or training and this is expected to rise sharply, with Brighton more affected than other cities. The young people we support already face serious barriers to get into work; whether educational failure, a criminal record or struggles with mental health. They face an uncertain future and will need us now more than ever.

Solution

We are currently working with over 80 disadvantaged 16-24 year olds in the Brighton & Hove area. Spear is a 1-year coaching programme which challenges their mindset, builds confidence and equips them with the practical skills they need. In the face of COVID we have launched our training course online, Spear Digital which we are delighted is proving a real success. Graduates are still managing to find employment during these times or entering further education. We also continue to support them all through our Spear Career coaching.