Newcastle Bridges

Wrap Around Support

Newcastle has one Key Worker who is located with the Gateshead Sparc Team, which is a multi-disciplinary team of staff from backgrounds in Connexions, Youth Offending, Family Intervention, Teaching, Education Welfare and Youth Work.  The team has managed to establish excellent, ongoing operational links with professionals working with young people in a wide range of contexts.   All staff are qualified to at least Level 4 in Careers Education and Guidance or Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG).

Prior to any young person commencing on the LA7Youth programme the Key Worker ensures that an assessment is carried out which identifies individual needs and assists in the development of a plan that ensures appropriate development and support is provided, and transition occurs into further post 16 education, employment and/or training.

The Key Worker maintains links with all LA7Youth providers and where appropriate ensure that more specialised support is offered to young people where required.


Contact Details for Newcastle Key Worker

Michelle Hall

Newcastle Key Worker

Tel. 0191 433 8508

Trinity Solutions

The programme is tailor-made to suit the needs of the individual and is aimed at helping them to develop confidence, skills and to participate in work experience leading to employment, further education or training.

A typical programme includes:

  • Induction – involving initial assessments, overview of the programme and further provision.  A timetable will be developed that responds to individual need.
  • The Hub – young people will attend The Hub each week at Trinity Solutions to develop and where appropriate achieve functional skills qualifications in Maths and English. There will also be a focus on employability skills and learners will receive guidance on key areas such as preparing application forms, CV’s , interview and offered support to take their next step into employment, apprenticeship or further education.
  • Vocational opportunities / work placement – Learners will be given the opportunity to take part in vocational taster sessions under the guidance of experienced tutors.   These may take place on site, through one of Trinity Solutions contractors or other local providers.  Where appropriate work placements will be arranged with local businesses to provide a taste and experience of the world of work.  Depending upon the young person’s needs there may be the opportunity to achieve vocation qualifications.

Trinity Solutions – Positive Parenting

The Parenting pathway offers information, knowledge and guidance to equip young parents with the skills to be caring capable parents. Through discussion with a key advisor they will also experience a taster in a suitable vocational area.

Following an induction, learners attend a 12 week programme from 10am – 3pm 2 days per week. On one day they can experience a vocational area of their choice with a view to this being a progression route onto Trinity’s ‘Learn to Work’ Programme, apprenticeships or employment.  On the second day they will work towards achieving the award in parenting. Through this accredited course they develop valuable skills for positive parenting, explore sources of income and budgeting and develop an understanding of what is required to progress in a career.

Marie Bennett
Tel. 0191 2986950



Using the long term experience of UXL in the Work Based Learning sector and their network of contacts among mainstream providers and employers the programme will offer  a very personalised approach to exploring, identifying and progressing into more mainstream learning/career pathways, such as study programmes, traineeships and apprenticeships.

A tailored plan will be developed based on an interview and initial assessment that occurs as a precursor to the young person starting.  Typical programme may include:

  • Induction, discussion of young person’s interests, aspirations and needs, including literacy/numeracy assessment
  • Equality and diversity training and one-to-one support in planning the individualised programmes with participants
  • Tasters if required, across a range of vocational areas, comprised of up to three half days and training that could include a ‘pick and mix’ of:
  • Food hygiene certificate/first aid training/H&S training – (accredited training)
  • Customer service/business/sales/telephone techniques – (non accredited training)
  • Training will be determined by occupational area of interest
  • Developing a CV, advice and support on applying for learning/employment opportunities, preparation for interview, use of on-line application processes such as NAS Vacancy Matching Service
  • Preparing for employment/expectations and recap

For some the delivery will be much more individually tailored according to need.

Tel. 0191 2653003


Newcastle Council – Provision

Newcastle’s LA7 Youth provision has been developed around a ‘pathway’ concept, which by responding to individual needs creative ways are used to engage, support and assist young people to explore future learning/employment opportunities and then are ultimately helped to progress.

The provision ‘reaches out to young people’ wherever possible, using less formal means of engagement.  This could mean in some cases, that young people are initially engaged in their communities.  The geographical coverage of the provision also ensures that there are local access points.

Some provision has been designed to be quite specialised and is aimed at more vulnerable individuals such as teenage parents.  The following offers a brief summary of current provision.



Barnardos Parents To Be

A 12  week course that engages young, unemployed ‘Parents To Be’ aged 16-18yrs in a developmental programme designed to raise their awareness of parenting, build confidence and self-esteem and enable them to plan for their future careers.

The course is delivered one day a week generally at Newcastle Sure Start East – Byker Sands and has been designed to use group work as an informal education tool.  Group sessions are delivered by a Barnardo’s Project Workers with additional input from the Young Person’s Midwife and a range of external professionals.

Young women accessing the course will be supported to progress to Tyne Metropolitan College to undertake the Edexcel Level One qualification in Becoming a Parent.

Ongoing support will be provided following the birth of the learner’s child to ensure the individual’s longer term career goal is realized

Carla Franchi
Tel: 0191 4338613


Home Group

A tailored programme of learning and support developed to meet the needs of the individual, which can include:

  • A named mentor
  • A thorough assessment with the mentor onsite or offsite depending on their wishes, including maths and English
  • A thorough induction, which will include health and safety, equality and diversity, rules and regulations, safeguarding, complaints procedure and the support plan process which includes aims and objectives and the review process.
  • A support plan/learning plan (My Way Forward) that will be developed taking a person centred approach with realistic and achievable goals. Relevant modules will be prioritised to meet the individual’s needs to live independently.
  • Employability skills through activities such as employer visits, tasters, community projects and volunteering opportunities.
  • Accreditation if applicable, and elements of delivery will be based on modules of the Home Achievement Programme(HAP)

HAP comprises of a total of 9 credits, which make up a Full Level 1 qualification.  Delivery associated with the qualification helps break down barriers linked to health, budgeting, self-esteem, relationships and anti-social behaviour, whilst also promoting independence and progression.

Wendy Chambers
Tel. 0191 2606100



The programme is based on a two tier model, which for some young people with more challenging needs will involve initially participating in individualised support delivered in less formal, community based settings.  Learners can then progress into the more mainstream aspects of the programme in centre or in a suitable work placement that will be associated with a chosen vocation that could include – Animal Care, Child Care, Motor Vehicle or Basic Construction (DIY).  Vocational workshops include embedded employability and functional skills and this can be supplemented by individual tutor support for maths and English.  Accreditation is available for both the vocational aspects of the programme and functional skills.

Chris Homans
Tel. 0191 265 8164 / 07816522147



Northern Learning Trust

Young people are able to access tailored support with English and maths (Functional Skills), which prepares them to progress into their chosen pathway.  Support can be provided one to one or in small groups.

The young person will participate in the following:

  • Initial and diagnostic English and Maths assessment
  • Development of Individual Learning Plan
  • Planned review of progress
  • Accreditation through Open College Network or NCFE – Entry Level 1 – Level 2

Learning will then be developed within contextualised lessons that reflect the progression routes of the young person.  To maximise engagement and retention, programmes will be delivered from local venues that are safe and accessible and be held at times negotiated with the young person.  Each young person will have the support of a trained mentor who will provide support during and on progression from the programme of learning.

I Robson
Tel. 07918 627754 / 0191 271 0131




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