London Futures Update

Growing out of our hugely successful Sutton Futures last year, London Futures is an employability programme, funded by Comic Relief, for young Londoners with learning disabilities & mental health problems, facing loneliness & social isolation. Using sport & specialised mentoring, these young Londoners unite to compete in employability challenges to improve their career aspirations & become more integrated in their communities. In 2019 the programme is running in 4 areas of London:

London South, in Wallington, Sutton

London East, in Hackney Downs, Hackney

London West, in Latimer Road, Westminster

London North, in Kings Cross, Camden

Over the course of the programme the young people will complete 10 challenges, scoring points that create an element of competition between the 4 hubs and add a new dimension to their employability training.  We are off to a great start and 2 of the 10 challenges are now complete, having seen the groups testing their problem-solving skills and their public speaking.

In the Fix It challenge, the teams undertook a set of 10 different tasks where we scored them on a number of tested employability skills such as team work, creativity and their ability to work well under pressure. Next up was the Soapbox challenge. Young adults spoke for between 3 – 5 minutes, standing up in front of the rest of the group to talk about their hobbies and interests. It was a great opportunity for the young adults to listen and learn more about their peers, as well as have a safe space to share with the group.

Next up, Matt Norbury from London Futures is now a radio star on Radio St. Helier every Friday evening from 8pm – 10pm on ‘The Weekend Starts Here’ show. Running since 1970, Radio St. Helier is the hospital radio for St Helier Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children and runs 24 hours a day, every day, live between 7pm and 10pm. You can listen to the radio station, and particularly Matt’s show here.

Finally, in late March we also had our London Futures Quiz at the CORE Bar in Central London. The event was attended by 20 teams of 5 and we were able to both raise additional funds for the programme and spread the word about the amazing progress the young adults are making towards employment. Thank you to all who attended for helping grow the programme.

For more information about London Futures please contact Ryan Jones.