Citizens Advice Redbridge (‘CAR’) are creating a youth innovation project. Their aims for this project are to increase the number of young people who come to Citizens Advice for information, advice and guidance and to provide jobs for young people through the government’s Kickstart scheme. These jobs will consist of opportunities and training for the large amount of young people who have been and will be detrimentally affected by the economic downturn and job losses caused by COVID-19.
They believe these two problems tie together and propose to address them by creating employment and traineeship opportunities for young people under the government’s Kickstart Jobs Scheme. They hope to provide training and experience for young people in Redbridge, and that the young people working at CAR will create a more “young people friendly” experience for young people seeking advice.
By working with young people directly, they hope to explore and test different approaches of reaching young people in the community.
To make their service more “young people friendly” they are creating a forum of young people to advise them on how to achieve this. Their forum will meet to discuss tailoring their delivery methods for reaching young people and how to holistically make their advice system more accessible and attractive to young people who are in need.
They are looking for a range of young people from different backgrounds and with differing experiences to take part in their forum. If you are a young person, voluntary or community organisation who works with young people that are interested in taking part in this forum please email Imogen Edge-Partington on email@example.com.