19 Dec Employment and education soar with Peer Power’s Peer to Professional scheme thanks to funding from the Stephen Lawrence Trust
This year, with funding from the Stephen Lawrence Trust, we were able to launch our Peer to Professional scheme. Working closely with a group of young people, all of whom have experience of CAMHS, the Youth Justice system, care and/or secure settings, Peer Power has supported with employability, job applications, interviews and settling into new roles.
We are proud to report that in just six months of engaging with Peer Power, 92% of our Peer Power Experts (PPE) group are now in education, training or employment, up from 12%, including two new recruits at the Youth Justice Board. We have also seen increases in confidence, optimism, listening skills and feeling like a leader.
“My journey at Peer Power has been welcoming and I feel comfortable sharing my story. I’m able to connect with other people who have similar stories and it has helped me develop as a person, being more confident. It’s been fun and I’ve been able to do a lot of different things, like conferences and Feltham procurement. I’ve also been able to have my voice heard. I learnt a lot of new things like empathy, what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. I’ve learnt to speak out and have my say and not let the barrier between professionals break me down. I have also learned what it’s like to work as a team. My dreams and ambitions for the future are to work with young people and become and future young leader. “ Josh, PPE
“I developed the confidence to explore higher education.” PPE
“The empathy training helped me to have better relationships with others in my life.” PPE
With huge thanks to the Stephen Lawrence Trust.