WE SMASHED 'BRIGHTON AND BACK' AND MADE IT TO GRETNA GREEN!
28 people from Human Capital Investment Group's head office have teamed up to ride 150km on a stationary bike during Wednesday 17th September; the distance to Brighton and back
So far Human Capital Investment Group have raised over £10,000 for our charity partner YouthNet.
Who are YouthNet: YouthNet is the UK's leading digital charity. They help over 1 million 16-25 year olds a year to develop the skills and confidence they need to tackle life's challenges – from finding their first job to coping with mental health issues.
YouthNet’s service: Their flagship service is TheSite, an online support service providing frank information on a range of issues from money and jobs to mental health, sex and relationships. Via Forums and Live Chats, young people can connect with peers and experts for emotional support and guidance. Volunteeering opportunities help young people develop their confidence and skills. And when they need it, TheSite breaks down the barriers to accessing on-the-ground support.
By 2016 YouthNet aim to support 1.6 million young people, that's 20% of the UK's 16-25 population, more than any other youth charity.
Why it matters: Life’s tough for young people today. High youth unemployment, mounting debt and rising rents are impacting on young people’s mental wellbeing and their ability to get on in life. We need to do more to help them to cope with the challenges they face.
One of YouthNet’s key priorities over the next three year’s is to help young people develop their employability. Getting your first job is an exciting step towards independence, but finding that job in a tough market, feeling unsure of your skills or career goals can be challenging and demoralising. In the worst cases, long-term unemployment can have devastating effects - starting a downward spiral into poverty, homelessness and depression. We need to prevent this.
YouthNet is helping young people become more employable: Over 77,000 young people a year already access TheSite’s information and advice on work and study. But they want to do more to provide young people with the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to get on in life and promote themselves to employers. They will:
Train 700 young volunteers by 2016 – Helping them to develop their confidence and skills while supporting others. YouthNet offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities from training as a relationships advisor on TheSite (equivalent GCSE level A-C) to working alongside YouthNet to develop new digital services, learning vital coding and digital skills.
Develop a range of new digital tools to help young people access employment – including tools to help young people improve their networking skills and better communicate their skills and experience to potential employers.
Provide emotional support alongside the practical – It takes emotional resilience to cope with repeated rejections and stay motivated during the job search. YouthNet is the only charity to really undersatnd this. Through live-chats and discussion boards they provide a space for young people to talk about their feelings and seek encouragement and support from experts and peers when things get tough.
YouthNet changes young people’s lives:
- 90% of young people say that they feel better able to make a decision
- 86% said they felt more confident
- 94% would use TheSite again
The power of digital: Digital services are cost efficient and effective. By providing their support online, YouthNet is able to support thousands of young people every day, whenever, wherever they are. They never switch off. And they never judge. The anonymity of online support helps young people to open up about their problems. They connect young people to others who have experienced similar situations, helping them to realise they’re not alone.