Choices


Supported by HSBC, Choices helps young people aged 16 – 24 who face barriers to education and employment. The Choices teams work in London and Leeds.

The young people supported through Choices may have struggled to move their lives forward. This includes experiences of homelessness, family breakdown, leaving care and having a history of offending. Through one-to-one and group work sessions, Choices provides advice and support to help young people stay motivated and work towards finding a work placement, training course, apprenticeship or job.

The young people supported through Choices are often vulnerable and need to work at their own pace. Our team offer flexible, personalised support which will help young people overcome individual barriers which might be preventing them from progressing their lives.

Choices adopts our peer-led approach through developing young Peer Advisors to help deliver the project’s activities.

These include:

  • Motivation and engagement activities such as workshops and trips
  • Information, advice and advocacy
  • Action planning and helping young people to realise their goals
  • Work preparation and training to develop personal and employability skills
  • Establishing routes to college, training, apprenticeships, volunteering and employment and ongoing support to ensure progress is sustained
  • Accessing financial support grants

Alongside helping other young people with similar issues, the Peer Advisors boost their skills and employability.

GROW Project

Our GROW project, funded through Southwark Council, supports young people into part time work. It is for young people who are not able to consider full time work, because of issues such as college courses, health reasons, caring responsibilities and other similar barriers. Our friendly team on GROW offer flexible help with things such as developing a CV, accessing employer networks, balancing work and parenting/caring responsibilities and budgeting. They also offer ongoing support once someone secures a job to help them settle in and sustain it. The team can be contacted on GROWproject@stgilestrust.org.uk

YES Project

Working with REED in Partnership we are delivering the NEET Outreach contract in North and East London, funded by the European Social Fund, in partnership with the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Youth Employment Skills has been designed to support young people who generally perform least well in the labour market to enter and sustain in education, employment or training.

We work with disadvantaged 16 – 24 year olds, providing individual support to help young people overcome personal barriers and find meaningful, long term jobs and training. The programme includes 1-2-1 advice and guidance, support with applications and interviews, help to find courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and jobs, and on-going in-work and training support.

Accessing the Future

Supported by Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation, Accessing the Future offers practical assistance to disadvantaged young people to help them achieve their careers goals. These are typically around pursuing courses, obtaining work-related equipment and any activities which will increase their skills and employability. Young people supported by Accessing the Future are referred from other services within St Giles Trust.