Minding the Gap is a Building Better Opportunities project, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to offer targeted support to some of the hardest to reach young people throughout Suffolk, to help them move successfully towards the labour market.
Working in urban, rural and coastal communities in Suffolk the project provides intensive support for unemployed and economically inactive young people who face significant barriers to employment and are currently, or at risk of becoming, socially isolated. Project activities help promote positive emotional wellbeing, provide opportunities for new experiences and widen skills and knowledge, so supporting each young person's progression into education, training or employment.
Specialist advisors or keyworkers provide 1-to-1 and group sessions to aid the development of confidence around career choices. Our work supports the development of employability skills, social, emotional and personal resilience and offers new experiences including training, voluntary and work placements. Our support is built around participants’ individual needs, focusing on personal development.
Young people we can work with will be aged 16*-24, and NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) or at the risk of becoming NEET. They will be struggling to overcome barriers to work, education and/or training, must be eligible to work in the UK, and can be unemployed or economically inactive. (*It is sometimes possible for us to work with 15 year olds who are NEET)