Investment from Big Lottery Fund aims to help the young unemployed across the North-East and specifically Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: Boarded up houses in Gresham, Middlesbrough, which is to receive lottery-funded help to tackle youth unemployment Boarded up houses in Gresham, Middlesbrough, which is to receive lottery-funded help to tackle youth unemployment

More than £10m will be invested in the North-East from National Lottery funds to tackle the region’s chronic youth unemployment.

The Wise Group, a social enterprise, has been awarded £8.7m from the Big Lottery Fund to work across the region in County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Meanwhile, youth charity The Prince’s Trust has received £1.4m to focus solely on Middlesbrough, one of the worst areas for young joblessness.

In December there were 4,900 people aged 18 to 24 in the North-East claiming jobseekers’ allowance for more than 12 months.

Meanwhile, a total of 53,000 16 to 24-year-olds were out of work in September last year, according to the latest figures.

By linking the private sector, charities and other partners, the Big Lottery Fund’s Talent Match initiative aims to help 18 to 24-year-olds out of work or education for at least 12 months find new career opportunities.

In Middlesbrough, efforts will focus on the Gresham, University, Middlehaven, North Ormesby and Brambles Farm, Thorntree, Pallister, Park End and Beechwood areas, regarded as the town’s most deprived wards.

Anne-Marie Wadsworth, of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Talent Match will support long-term unemployed young people in Middlesbrough, by matching them with a dedicated mentor who will help boost their confidence and skills, and support them back into the workplace.

It will work in partnership with ASDA Import Centre, CfBT Education Trust, Erimus Housing, Middlesbrough College, Middlesbrough Council, Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, The Junction Foundation and West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust.

Councillor Len Junier, who represents North Ormesby and Brambles Farm, said: “Like many other areas we have been badly affected by austerity measures, more so because we are already starting from a lower base.

“The young people here, many of them are quite demoralised even though there is some brilliant work going on to help them," he added.

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10:17am Thu 23 Jan 14

harry2 says...

It would make a nice change if some money was given to help the young who are working but not earning enough to leave their parents house.

Most of the young who don't work don't want too help the ones that are paying into taxes
It would make a nice change if some money was given to help the young who are working but not earning enough to leave their parents house. Most of the young who don't work don't want too help the ones that are paying into taxes harry2

12:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sineater says...

There are 7million workers that cannot make ends meet,yet some people claim the recovery has started.
There are 7million workers that cannot make ends meet,yet some people claim the recovery has started. sineater

1:29pm Thu 23 Jan 14

punkrocker says...

a lot of this money will go on meetings,committees, expenses etc and will create very few real jobs. also what is neede is a living wage. people don't understand that after pensioners most benefit payments actually go to the poor working. lacey take note
a lot of this money will go on meetings,committees, expenses etc and will create very few real jobs. also what is neede is a living wage. people don't understand that after pensioners most benefit payments actually go to the poor working. lacey take note punkrocker

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