Young aspirations in safe hands

The productive partnership between Ingeus and Extern, a leading social justice charity, is providing fresh opportunities for young people attending the Belfast Youth Engagement Service.

The local youth engagement service is part of Extern and provides holistic health and wellbeing support to enable young people aged 11-25 to have opportunities to socialise and receive advice and support on a range of issues.

Youth Engagement Officer, Joe McGovern, is working with participants on the service to manage and improve their mental health. He has referred several cases to Ingeus’ Work and Wellbeing programme in Northern Ireland.

The Work and Wellbeing programme runs across Belfast, Lisburn, Bangor and Newtownards and offers one-to-one employability support to long term unemployed jobseekers and people with health conditions.

“I heard about Ingeus and was absolutely thrilled by how they leave no stone unturned when it comes to supporting people into work,” said Joe. “Not only are they brilliant at upskilling people into employment, but they also consider the mental health challenges that can arise within people; before, after and during employment.

“They show an abundance of genuine care for their clients. I know this to be true as I have spoken to the young people that I passed onto the Ingeus team. The results have been quite simply life changing. I was delighted that out of three recent cases, one young man had found employment working for a cleaning company.”

Joe’s clients have received advice from Ingeus staff at the Work and Wellbeing programme concerning compiling an up-to-date CV, interview techniques and job searches.

Head of Delivery for Ingeus in Northern Ireland, Amanda Newell, explained: “We are delighted to be able to provide this complimentary support for our local communities at this difficult time. We have the capacity to engage with referrals from the young people’s project and are able to offer the support and guidance to help the participants find work or training opportunities.”

Joe added: “I love my work because I am helping people to progress. The Belfast Youth Engagement Service is a great initiative that brings together a range of expertise, which is enabling its participants to move on with their lives. The next step for some young people is to now receive expert guidance and encouragement in their search for employment.”