Tackling youth unemployment

Activity day
Activity day

Young people from South Yorkshire, struggling to find work, took part in a demanding local activity day, to boost their skills and confidence.

The group, aged 18-24, are part of Doncaster’s Talent Match programme, which aims to tackle youth unemployment.

The youngsters, along with their Talent Match coaches, visited Kingswood activity centre where they took part in a host of challenges aimed at developing teamwork, commuication and problem solving. They played aero ball, basketball on a trampoline and visited the laser zone as part of the session, designed to encourage personal development.

And the initiative has proved so popular that everyone who joined in the activity taster day has now signed up for a residential visit later this year.

Talent Match, which is delivered by Doncaster West Development Trust, using Lottery funding, supports young people who are not in employment, education or training, including those whose skills and job prospects are adversely affected by issues such as poor mental health, learning difficulties, homelessness or family breakdown.

Talent Match coach Mikayla Harper said: “Providing access to new opportunities and different environments can have a major impact on motivation and self-esteem, giving young people the incentive and desire to change direction. The team activity day was a big success and it was great to see people’s nerves disappear as they tried new challenges and realised what they could do.”