Since 2015, No Limits has been focusing on involving young people in all aspects of recruitment, service development, the future vision of the charity and externally focused Social Action projects. Our participation and social action projects include:
Our Youth Ambassador volunteers attend regular meetings and get involved with lots of different activities, including: taking part in photo shoots; creating promotional materials; promoting No Limits at events; assisting with staff recruitment; participating in focus groups; generating ideas for how No Limits can provide a better service; and running campaigns and programme to make changes for all young people.
- Are you aged 14-25 years old?
- Have you, would you or could you use, or are you currently using No Limits services?
- Would you like to get involved in developing and promoting our services?
- Do you want to make changes to other services and support for young people across Southampton?
- Do you want to learn about recruitment, fundraising and other areas of No Limits work?
- Would you like to meet new people, learn new skills and have fun?
If this sounds like you, please get in touch.
Help Us Move On
In April 2019, the Blagrave Trust commissioned the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) to publish ‘Help us to move on!’ investigating the barriers preventing young people from making a positive transition to adult life.
Carried out by young researchers, the research took on board the views of 450 young people across Hampshire, as well as policy makers, statutory and voluntary youth service. The results highlight two themes that young people feel overwhelmingly strongly about: education, training and employment (ETE), and housing.
It’s clear that change is needed, so we’ve employed four Youth Advocates to take part in a two-year project – Help Us Move On – to campaign and advocate to improve housing and employment services for young people in Southampton. They’ve decided to focus on five recommendations:
- Increase amount of housing for childless 21-25 year olds, through ‘Housing First’
- Lobby local councils to fulfil their statutory duty by offering to take homeless 16-17 year olds into care
- Develop a model for a sharing agency to increase supply of low-cost, decent quality shared housing to non-students
- Remove the benefits trap which discourages hostel residents from working
- Double the number of ‘informal’ education and training places, including work-based traineeships across Hampshire
We need to hear form you!
If you have particular experiences or opinions on housing and employment for young people in Southampton, we’d love to hear from you, just email [email protected]. Your views will be passed on to our Youth Advocates and could play a key role in creating change.
A chance to give back…
I’ve been helped for so many years by No Limits and now I’m doing better, I want to give something back.