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The #Focus5 project provides bespoke support to young people aged 15-18 across the South West, helping them into education, employment and training.
Who Can Benefit?
We are funded to support around 500 individuals in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay including those with mental health issues, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), parents and care leavers.
Applicants should be unemployed or economically inactive and they must be able to display a desire to learn, engage with their key worker and empower themselves to make progress.
More information on exactly who can access the #Focus5 service can be found on our online referral page.
What Support is on Offer?
#Focus5 key workers get to know the young people and together they create a bespoke plan of activities to meet immediate and long term goals or aspirations.
This can be anything from opening a bank account, learning about financial independence, navigating public transport, creating a CV and applying for jobs, finding training opportunities, mentoring, support with returning to education or developing life skills. It also often involves opportunities to simply talk and build confidence over a coffee, or a walk in the beautiful Devon countryside.
Support can be anything that helps young people towards education employment or training, as long as they show a commitment to engaging with the project.
How is it Funded?
#Focus5 is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. The project runs until December 2019 and young people can be referred to benefit from #Focus5 anytime using our online form.