European Social Fund
Community Fund
YEI Springboard

Who we are funded by

HLC is the lead partner for Springboard and This-Ability, which are part-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF) and supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Programme duration

HLC have held this contract since April 2016, and following a 4-year extension, this will run until September 2023.

What is Springboard?

Springboard is a youth employment partnership project which aims to help young people access learning or work through specialist support and training.

Springboard provides progression pathways to apprenticeships, study programmes and traineeship programmes, as well as work and self-employment.

Who is Springboard for?

16 to 29 year olds, who are unemployed or economically inactive and live in Hull.

16 to 24 year olds, who are unemployed or economically inactive and live in the East Riding.

Delivery partners

There are currently 8 partners that make up the Springboard project which can provide one-to-one mentoring and dedicated keyworker support. Also available is:

  • Mental health and anxiety support
  • Employability skills
  • CV writing and job search
  • Personal and social development
  • Maths and English
  • Enterprise skills and self-employment support
  • Paid work experience including tasters in media, digital, creative and hospitality sector.

Learner experiences

The Warren Youth Project - Armband ABC's by Jodie Langford

City Health Care Partnership – Let’s Talk Anxiety and Depression Services

MC4C – Making Changes for Careers

Learner feedback

Project images

Case studies

Kieren, Hull

Kieran, Hull"The staff have all been encouraging, respectful and helpful in any situation" 

Kieren lives with Asperger Syndrome, and had lost confidence in dealing with social situations and become isolated. When Kieren approached DO IT, he wanted to work on his personal and social development. He also wanted to gain experience in illustration, his passion, to compliment his previous study.

Alongside giving him one-to-one support, we encouraged Kieren to start making art again. As he became more comfortable, Kieren began to engage with group activities and workshops. Within his first month with us, Kieren helped work on re-branding the Goodwin’s community café. This was not only great for his confidence but also helped him build his portfolio up.

Fostering Kieren's talent, much of his work was displayed as part of a six-week exhibition at the Queen’s House Showcase. Making his own connections, he was invited to run his own workshops which he led with enthusiasm and high aptitude. Furthermore, he also gained his first commission for artwork used by the University. Kieran has also seized the opportunity to take on a placement at West Hull FM, which he will complete alongside his progression into further study.

EmalieEmalie, Hull

"Thank you all for a great

experience and I recommend to all who need help with socialising ,education or employment" 

Emalie suffered from depression and anxiety following a difficult relationship breakdown. Also having Asperger Syndrome, her confidence was low and so she approached DO IT to improve her mental health. With a passion for animals, Emalie took a six-week placement at Oakwood Dog Rescue where she continues to volunteer as she enjoyed it so much.

During Emalie's time on the project, she made friends and her confidence increased dramatically. She conducted market research for Parade '94 café, presented her findings to the Trustees and served food for customers once it opened. These were all big steps for Emalie, and it was great to see her challenge her barriers to progression.

Since finding a purpose and a new career to focus on, Emalie's mental health has improved considerably. The work she has done in the community whilst on the project led her to be one of the members who accepted an award for Outstanding Community Support in the Create to Change Awards Evening back in June. 

Leah has always loved cleaning. From being a teenager, she would clean, not just her bedroom, but the whole house for her Mother. Leah started to earn pocket money for ironing; she would iron her Uncle’s army uniform when he was home on leave and did occasional cleaning for family friends for extra money but never thought of turning the idea into a business. Having tried various jobs working for others, Leah decided that being her own boss was the best way of providing for her family as well as being able to choose her own hours and fit work around family life.

Leah came to MC4C with her business idea, attending the Big 13 skills sessions Amethyst Cleaningand working with her personal business advisor to produce a business plan and develop her social media platforms. Her business plan was presented for approval and she was granted a Test Market Grant from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank (JCYEB) to help with the set-up of her business. Leah has grown in confidence since she started her journey with MC4C and she took a huge step out of her comfort zone during Global Entrepreneurship week by pitching her business idea to a room of 80 + people at The Hook Up Dinner Yorkshire (THUD), something she had never done before. Her bravery paid off as she was the winner of the best pitch, was awarded funding from the JCYEB and was grateful for the feedback and advice she received.
Leah was also part of the MC4C team taking part in a live link-up with young entrepreneurs in South Africa and has since appeared on Viking Radio.

Leah has already built up a regular client list of loyal customers and actively promotes her services on her Social Media platforms. Amongst other services, Amethyst Cleaning offers weekly or fortnightly cleans, cleaning of empty properties before and after tenancies and internal window cleaning. Leah offers a personal and bespoke service and meets every new client in person at their home. You can follow her or find out more on her Facebook page @amethystcleaningco

Springboard Humber - Let's Celebrate 2019

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Contract manager

Ben Fletcher

Telephone: 01482 327438

For funding inquiries please visit the What’s happening page.

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