Tomorrow’s People is a British charity established in 1984, working across England and Scotland. Its overall aim is to help excluded and disadvantaged young people who are not in education, employment or training, to move into and succeed in the workplace. It provides support to those in greatest need, including vulnerable young people, ex-offenders, people with disabilities and homeless people.
With funding from the Asfari Foundation, Tomorrow’s People expanded its pilot rural youth model ‘Works!’ in East Sussex to the isolated community of Blyth, a town in southeast Northumberland. The Blyth Works! Programme aims to increase opportunities for young people in Blyth aged 16-24 years old, who face additional barriers including poor transport, lack of services and few job opportunities. The Blyth Works! programme is embedded in the heart of the community and forges close partnerships with local employers to equip young people with the skills and experience they want to bring into their business. By equipping young people with the skills, knowledge, confidence and motivation to be ‘job ready’ they become active and valuable members of the community. Participants of Blyth Works! also undertake ‘Community Challenges’ – local projects that benefit the community and improve the environment. So far, Tomorrow’s People have supported 91 young people since receiving funding from the Asfari Foundation.