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Dare to Dream at Adur & Worthing’s OneStopYouth Employability Hub

Adur and Worthing Councils and the Love Local Jobs Foundation are working in partnership to deliver the Dare to Dream programme for a cohort of 18-24 year olds looking to start their careers. Dare to Dream is an inspirational programme challenging young people to change the way they think, giving them the confidence they need to fulfil their potential.

The Youth Hub pilot is an exciting new extension of the work already delivered by the Love Local Jobs Foundation and is hoped to create additional opportunities for young adults to gain access to the same boost of positivity, self-belief and employability skills that has proven so effective for young people across Sussex in recent years.

Programme Lead, Jack the Lad, the well-known former host of the Breakfast Show on Heart FM, who is now on air with More Radio, will be presenting his own personal journey, as well as listening to and understanding the incredible stories from the local next generation and future workforce.

​The programme consists of three one day sessions in January, February and March, involving an inspirational delivery from Jack the Lad followed by mentoring, and the programme will end in workplace tours.

Delivered around core themes of self-awareness, mindset, gratitude, resilience, teamwork and employability, inspirational speaker Jack will once again be teaming up with business mentors from leading local employers. The mentors will use their own experiences and extensive knowledge to support the core themes of the programme and help to drive and motivate the young people attending Adur & Worthing’s OneStopYouth Employability Hub

Kreston Reeves, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and The Best Connection have all volunteered mentors to help support the delivery of the programme. The mentors will be working with young people who are looking for some extra support to help reach their potential and broaden their understanding of the world of work as they embark upon their career journeys.

Paul Scrivens, the Chief Executive of the Love Local Jobs Foundation said “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to launch this new Pilot and would like to give credit to Adur & Worthing Councils and the amazing team at the Youth Hub for their proactivity in helping to support a next-generation of talent that is right on our doorstep, ready to go and just need an extra helping hand to get started.”

Joanne Wood, coordinator of the OneStop Youth Employment Hub said, “It was absolutely wonderful to see so many of our young adults take part in the first session. Jack ‘The Lad’ Hayes built a great rapport with them and they listened with interest to all he said. The mentors were so welcoming to the young adults, listening and responding to them with warmth and kindness. It is a joy to be able to offer this programme to the young people accessing the service at the hub and watch how it impacts them over the months.”

Jake Standing, Partner from Kreston Reeves said, “We are proud to support another initiative from the great team at the Love Local Jobs Foundation. Supporting and motivating people in the world of work is really important to us as a local employer, and we are looking forward to mentoring the young people participating in the programme!”

Lisa Duff, OD and Inclusion Facilitator from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are proud to work with the Love Local Jobs Foundation on this new and exciting strand of work. Dare to Dream has become a popular programme within our Trust linking with our local communities and supporting young people is so valuable to all involved.”


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