Works start on THRIVE a new CIF initiative dedicated to changing the lives of our young people
This week CIF supply partner Senate Mech have begun works to transform the Thrive premises into a ‘coffee shop’ style area dedicated to supporting key workers and the young people that they care for. CIF is hugely thankful to Senate Mech who are helping to modify the city centre premises kindly provided by The Regenda Group.
Thrive CIC exists in order to inspire and support young people in Liverpool City Region to secure meaningful employment so that they can live happy, safe and fulfilling lives.
Thrive focuses their programmes on young people who may face significant barriers to employment, particularly care-experienced young people and young people who have been struggling to find employment during Covid-19
CIF Director, Sara Lawton, set up Thrive CIC in April 2020 and is using CIF investment to kickstart Thrive. Future CIF investment generated by public-sector partners utilising CIF will be invested in Thrive offering a long-term, sustainable income stream for the CIC.
Sara Lawton (CIF Director):
“Thrive has been made possible through the University of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and the City of Liverpool College choosing to procure via CIF. Their understanding of the authentic social value CIF brings has enabled us to develop and fund a unique project designed to inspire future generations, to live happy safe and fulfilling lives.”
Many young people in LCR face considerable disadvantage when trying to secure meaningful work, which in turn can have a negative, long-lasting impact on their health and wellbeing, financial security and sense of purpose.
Socially excluded, vulnerable young people often find themselves furthest away from the job-market, and professionals around them often have limited tools and resources with which they can instigate real change. Care-experienced children are finding it particularly difficult to find work.
Government data reveals that of 19 to 21yr old care leavers:
- 6% were known to be in higher education
- 20% were in other education
- 25% were in training or employment and
- 39% were known to be not in education, employment or training (compared to around 12% of all young people aged 19 to 21 years).
Check out the progress pictures below