News & events Stories and news Member news First Ark supports new initiative to provide support for unemployed young people A new initiative which supports young people aged between 16 and 29 who are currently not in education, employment or training into sustainable employment has been launched in Liverpool. The City Social Partnership will involve public and private sector organisations working together to identify local employment needs and skills shortages across Liverpool city region, and developing job ready, motivated young people. The programme is led by Tomorrow’s People, a national charity which has been working on Merseyside since the year 2000. Tomorrow’s People provides work coaches and mentors for young people, helping them to develop the skills needed to enter employment. Trained support coaches offer in-work care for a minimum of 12 months afterwards. Gilly Orr, Head of Social Partnerships at Tomorrow’s People, said: “The City Social Partnership is an exciting new chapter for us. For 30 years, Tomorrow’s People has equipped young people with the skills they need to get into employment. This partnership model allows us to develop a sustainable programme that benefits young people, businesses and the entire community. “This programme is only possible because of the variety of organisations who offer their support and I’d like thank everyone who came along to today’s event. Working together, we can deliver life changing opportunities for young people all over Liverpool city region and I am excited to get started.” The initiative is being supported by First Ark, a social business based in Liverpool city region. First Ark is dedicated to creating life changing opportunities that inspire people and generate growth in the communities in which it works. First Ark have worked with Tomorrow’s People for 15 years and the company’s executive director, Tony Cahill, hosted the City Social Partnership launch event in Liverpool City Centre. Speaking about the event, Tony Cahill said: “Employment is not just about earning money to pay for life’s essentials, it gives people dignity and purpose. That’s why it’s so important to engage young people who, for whatever reason, haven’t been able to develop the skills needed to enter the jobs market. Tomorrow’s People have an excellent track record in delivering the social impact that First Ark work so hard to support and I look forward to seeing the programme deliver positive change in our local communities.” Anyone who wants to know more about The City Social Partnership should visit www.tomorrows-people.co.uk/CSP Tomorrow’s People Tomorrow’s People is an employment charity that works with some of the estimated quarter of a million young people who are not in employment, education, or training, and are receiving little or no help to change this. Some have grown up without the care and guidance every child needs. Some have endured poverty, chaotic home lives, and inadequate education. It’s no wonder then that they often lack basic social skills, don’t know how to talk to adults in authority, experience anxiety and can be crushed by low self-esteem. They see no future for themselves. Tomorrow’s People gives these young unemployed people the confidence and the skills to find work, succeed in their new role, realise their potential, and value themselves. Through our national network of Youth Hubs, we help them get on their feet, and find and keep jobs, which transforms their futures. If they are not ready for a job, we make sure they get on the path to work, either through education, or via a real training programme. First Ark First Ark is dedicated to creating success that changes people’s lives. Through the practice of successful and responsible business, First Ark provide support for positive initiatives across the North West. First Ark work to regenerate and develop neighbourhoods, provide facilities management services to its customers and create life changing opportunities that inspire people and generate growth in the communities in which it works. The First Ark Group provide a range of products and services including: Homes for rent including lettings and supported living. Homes for sale including a range of purchase options. Business and Property services including facilities management, refurbishment and repairs. Delivering social impact through creating and supporting partnerships. Managing, attracting and providing charitable investment that creates life-changing. opportunities and stimulates economic growth in the local community. Home solutions including care products and services. A Social investment fund to support and grow social impact businesses.