Some of the stories and experiences from young people who have been helped by DurhamWorks.

Kyle had no idea what to do, but then he found the Military.

Kyle Smith was a year 11 leaver with no plans or definite ideas of what he wanted to do for a career. He came into DurhamWorks as NEET and was allocated to DurhamWorks Progression Adviser, Tom Lynn.

After the initial meeting, Tom established that Kyle had family related issues that were holding him back. He was also unsure of where to look for information about what he could do in the future and what help was available. Kyle also had a number of personal, financial and opportunity related barriers that were stopping him from moving forward with his life.

Tom was able to support Kyle by remo...

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Celebrating young people at DurhamWorks awards 2019

The employment, training and education successes of 21 young people have been recognised at a County Durham awards ceremony.

Christopher Lambert DurhamWorks Awards Christopher Lambert receives his award from Cllr Olwyn Gunn

The DurhamWorks Achievement Awards, which took place at Ramside Hall, saw six prizes handed out to young people who have received help from the DurhamWorks youth employment programme, as well as the partners and employers who have supported them over the last 12 months.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: "DurhamWorks work with a number of p...

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Bethany's Story

Bethany wanted to make new friends and boost her skills in a creative way, with a hope to do some voluntary work. Jack Drum Arts have helped her to try out a range of fun activities, find a volunteering placement and helped her on her way to getting qualifications.

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Jamie's Story

Jamie came to Finishing Touches after finding that college was just not for him.

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Lucy's Story

Lucy is one of many young people who have taken part in the project so far. She has developed her social skills, confidence and self-esteem with support from DurhamWorks.

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Brandon's Story

Brandon approached Consett YMCA as part of the Finishing Touches project on DurhamWorks as he wanted to get an apprenticeship.

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