What is Youth Futures?

We appreciate that for some young people school years can be challenging and emotionally difficult and we understand that no two young people are the same in terms of their learning and development.

Our ‘Work & Learn’ Team will provide schools with pastoral support, extra-curricular activities and alternative provisions to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole. Helping them to build resilience and character and giving them the confidence and life skills they need to live, learn, work and achieve.

Making a stand – New for 2022 – our YF Banner with Michael from Sun Signs!

We work with all young people whatever their personal circumstances and whatever challenges they may be experiencing. We offer a positive experience for all that is fully accessible and without stigma or barriers; challenging the perceived irrelevance and usefulness of ‘school life’ for those who are beginning to disengage; reigniting their interest in learning.

Youth Futures at “Eden Employability Fair” 2022

Through our creative, fun and interactive support, we endeavour to re introduce disengaged young people back in to the school environment to not only get through the school years but to continue to learn, strive and realise their dreams and aspirations.

Brand new brochure for 2022 – download here!

Oaklea Youth Futures Brochure WEB

1: Group Support  

Connecting what you’re learning with real-life experiences. We want to support them to see the link between learning and relevance to day to day experiences.

Group learning is hugely beneficial when working with young people feeling disengaged. We create a safe, non-judgemental environment which enhances social skills and enables peer learning

2: Employability Training in Schools

We offer:

  • an enhanced work experience programme,
  • sport/team building activities
  • careers related events & activities
  • creativity workshops (such as Art, Upholstery, Photography, Hair & Beauty)
  • access to on-line training courses with certification including Health & Safety, Emergency First Aid and Fire Awareness – this is a great opportunity for adding to CV’s for supporting employability

3: Outdoor Education at Lowther Castle and Gardens (Penrith) and Susan’s Farm (Carlisle)

R2W work in partnership with the Lowther Castle and Gardens offers a varied programme of Outdoor Education to groups of young people that are struggling with a typical classroom environment. This is a much more practical approach to education involving learning land-based skills.

Above: taking in the views over the Lowther valley

A typical weekly 3 hour session may include activities such as woodworking, tree planting, wildlife surveys and an introduction to land based machinery.

New for 2022 – Day Opps at Susan’s Farm

Together with Susan’s Farm we will offer a supported learning environment, aiming to build resilience and character and give people the confidence and life skills they need to live, learn, work and achieve. Learners will have the opportunity to rotate work and learning opportunities around the Farm using a nature-based curriculum delivered by qualified teachers and farming specialists; with 160 acres of grazed and farmed land, woodland, fruit and vegetable gardens and nature to inspire and engage. 

Download more info here New Day Opportunities in Carlisle SF

4: Community Volunteering

Our volunteering programme for groups of young people takes on community-based projects for local residents. Valuing the wider community and strengthening relationships between different generations and sharing experiences together through activities such as gardening, walking or helping with errands.

Below: Appleby Smarter volunteers look after the grounds of the former Edenside Care Home

We have links with a number of local initiatives including the Appleby Smarter gardening & community group.

Through groups like this we can offer opportunities to work, learn and share experiences.


Contact Mandy Morland at our Community Learning Team to start a conversation and find out more employment@right2work.org.uk 

What we’ve been up to – Youth Futures Blog

We ‘dig’ what young people do – a great example for National Careers Week 

This is Tyler who is one of the fabulous learners on the Eden Youth Futures Programme. Here he is hard at work on his construction placement. Tyler gets involved with all tasks given to him, even if it involves unblocking drains in preparation for a new driveway or helping erect a wooden shed for a home office (obviously fully supervised and observing Health & safety rules at all times) He certainly doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty and has proved himself to be a reliable and motivated young man on his work experience.

Mandy has supported Tyler with information, advice and guidance for his career planning. “He is now on track for an Apprenticeship, and has certainly demonstrated he has the right work ethic to be a valuable member of the team. Well done to Tyler!’

Tyler has this to say: ‘I really enjoy my work experience as it has helped me to learn new skills by doing something that was new to me and I now know what it is like to work in this type of industry and the hours of work involved. I have decided what I want to do in the future and I am ready to start an Apprenticeship in September.”

Find out more on NCW here https://nationalcareersweek.com/

NCW – It’s sometimes about us too! Sharing skills -Sarah’s story….

Work and Learn Team member, Sarah Richardson is a good example why it’s vital to have a broad set of skills. Skills are just as important as qualifications when planning your career. Sarah has so many skills there isn’t enough room to list them all! Skills are the expertise or talent needed in order to do a job or task. Job skills allow you to do a particular job and life skills help you through everyday tasks.

Always there for 1-2-1 sessions – in normal times Sarah can be found at the R2W Appleby Hub where she can offer informal help that suits you

Sarah’s Career Pathway – her wealth of experience, skills and knowledge gained through Sarah’s career journey to date has proved to be invaluable when Sarah is supporting her clients in Eden. Sarah’s role is funded through Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) and she supports individuals age 16 plus who are resident in Eden and experiencing barriers to employment. Delivering an employability skills programme when providing support, information, advice and guidance to her clients with a friendly and non-judgemental manner. Sarah proves that numerous skills can be developed through anyone’s career pathway, Sarah can be contacted on 07738 210407, sarah.richardson@right2work.org.uk