Young People Gain Confidence and Skills to Match their Talents

Young people on Talent Match have found new confidence and skills thanks to the Health and Wellbeing Week hosted by the Newcastle United Foundation.

The week long course involved a group of young people, many of whom had never met and had issues including social isolation, getting together for group activities including climbing, badminton, football and jogging.

Talent Match helps young people in the North East who are furthest from employment gain the skills and training they need to move towards sustainable employment. The young people learnt valuable employability skills such as time-keeping, developing a growth mindset and leadership, as well how they can improve their mental health and wellbeing through physical activity.

Melissa from Newcastle United Foundation said:

“[The Young People] have gained confidence and leadership skills which is great for their mental health and will be valuable for gaining employment.” Talent match, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, has been helping young people in the North East for over 5 years. Melissa continued;

“They don’t often get a chance to meet each other as they work with their coach 1-1, so having everybody working together here as a team is great experience for them.”

You can see the video below, which includes an interview with one of the participants.

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Talent Match is in its final phase and will end in March 2020. Participants will progress onto employment, training, or another programme if they need further support. To find out more about the Wise Group’s employability programmes in the North East, visit our Wise Steps page.