New collaborative programme for young disabled people  

New collaborative programme for young disabled people  

Young disabled people face a multitude of challenges; they’re twice as likely as their non-disabled peers to no longer be in education, employment or training at 16-18. Of those who had a disability at school in the UK, two in five (40%) say they were not able to take part in work experience while at school and around half (47%) say they were not encouraged to go into any course or pursue their chosen career. We think this has to change. 

That’s why we want to support young disabled people across the UK as they think about education beyond their GCSEs or Nationals. Through our flexible online mentoring, we’ll provide them with the right tailored support to make a real difference and help them fulfil their potential, whether that’s in higher education, further education or employment. 

So, we’ve developed a programme to support young disabled people to build their confidence, develop their self-esteem and resilience, understand the support networks available to them and ultimately achieve their ambitions. We’ve partnered with Leonard Cheshire, a charity who support individuals to live, learn and work independently, whatever their ability, to bring their expertise and equip mentors with the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand disability and provide inclusive mentoring. 

The programme will match young disabled people, aged 15-18, with experienced, DBS-checked and trained mentors to have meaningful conversations through Brightside’s safe platform and app from October to December 2022. 

We’ll lead the programme, supporting mentees and mentors throughout and deliver a robust evaluation to demonstrate its impact. We want this programme to reach as many young disabled people across the UK as possible, which is why we need to work with organisations who share this ambition. We’re looking for universities, Uni Connects and others to work together to make a difference and have an impact on young disabled people at a key transition point in their education. 

If you share our mission and would like to partner with us, fill out this quick form to request more information, book a chat or see a platform demo.   

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