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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Down on the farm:

R2W’s Mandy Morland following a site visit to Lowther in September 2020 meeting Susie Grainger from Lowther Estates: “There are so many options for young people from the age of 14 (Year 10) who would benefit from practical, hands-on skills working within the grounds of Lowther Castle. Working in small groups they would gain skills and experience in a number of areas including woodworking, tree planting, wildlife surveys and monitoring, fencing, horticulture, path building, introduction to land based machinery (to name but a few of what is on offer). Various programme options available to suit the needs and interests of the individual. Some of the programmes are seasonal but with estate maintenance there is plenty to do all year round so never a dull moment. There are options for accreditation ie The John Muir Award or Open Awards certification.”

Reaching new heights – that’s us! (5 November 2020)

We’re making our support for Young People even better – tis what we do. Our new Community Learning Manager, Mandy Morland has just reached a big milestone when it comes to supporting young people. She’s ascended (and qualified!) to the peak of Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development.
Mandy says: “I am delighted (and relieved) to have completed the Level 6 after 18 months of studying through Open University. It is a personal and professional achievement to have reached the end and although it has been a challenge at times the hard work has finally paid off”.
This will reinforce the offer we make to schools/ colleges and young people. Mandy is currently working with Carlisle College and Ullswater Community College (UCC) in Penrith with R2W.
Mandy adds: “The UCC work is a Youth Futures Programme funded through Cumbria County Council Community Grant. I will be working with 5 students from Yr10 & Yr11 providing tailored programmes to support their education and aspirations for the future.”
Oaklea/R2W Director Sue Green says: “Youth Futures at present is being supported in the Eden area by CCC with other councils considering grant applications. We also have support from the Police and Crime Commissioner Fund.”

Putting Young people’s mental health first (23 November)

Mandy completed training this month and is now a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Sound advice – National Careers Week 1-6 March 2021

Mandy has just escaped her laptop to tell us that next week is National Careers Week. Here at Right2Work, and via the Work & Learn Team we are supporting NCW2021.

‘We are proud to be part of NCW. We have learners working remotely making good use of the wealth of resources available on (https://ncw2020.co.uk/planning-publicity-printables/) As part of the Information, Advice & Guidance our Work and Learn Team offer this is an ideal time to champion ‘Careers’ by supporting this national initiative’

Mandy adds: ” The IAG (information, advice and guidance) we offer supports the assessment process the Work & Learn Team will be going through as part of the Matrix Quality Standard Award.”

We ‘dig’ what young people do – a great example for National Careers Week 2021

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/

We’re not a ‘remote’ lot – in fact we’re everywhere and it gets ‘beautiful’ results!

As part of NCW – we are also flagging up how we’ve adapted to the “new normal” – remote working and interaction during Covid19. R2W have really embraced remote learning and the powers of Zoom and Teams.

Mandy has been working with a young person called Nirvana: “Thankfully due to the power of technology the Eden Youth Futures programme has been able to continue during lockdown (remotely using Zoom, Teams and mobile phones!). I have helped one of our learners with applying to college for September and also supported with interview techniques (In fact the interview was actually during NCW on 4 March!) This was to give her an insight into the Beauty Industry where she is heading. So I set up an online meeting for her during NCW with a Senior Beauty Therapist from Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden Spa, who gave her an insight into college life and also the day to day role of a Spa Therapist. Industry involvement and employer engagement is vital for young people to help with the careers information, advice and guidance process and to boost their knowledge and confidence ready for the transition to College or employment.”

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