Project information

Exposure to work and community

Building on successful, tried and tested methods, the project will provide over 200 vulnerable/disadvantaged young people in north London with purposeful, tailored work experience, guiding them to plot their own career paths and take advantage of new job opportunities.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Exposure Organisation

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  • Need


    A UK-wide survey of 16-25-year-olds for The Prince's Trust (January 2017) reveals job worries and lack of confidence is leaving young people anxious and daunted, with 58% fearing for their futures, and with 41% more anxious than a year ago. Young people’s self-confidence is at its lowest ebb in the eight years since research began with 50% feeling it was harder to get a job than a year ago, and with two-thirds feeling lack of confidence was holding them back.


    Volunteering in a safe and stimulating professional environment, beneficiaries will be nurtured by inspiring and responsive adults to:
    • engage constructively with local businesses, employers, charities and community groups;
    • gather, process and then widely disseminate valuable information provided by these organisations as outputs, hosted on Exposure’s youth communications website

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the engagement of vulnerable/disadvantaged young people


    » Beneficiaries prepare for and attend interview and sign up to Exposure's charter, detailing their rights and responsibilities
    » Beneficiaries articulate their learning needs and career aspirations, formulating personal action plans
    » Beneficiaries explore Exposure’s youth communications, appreciating how previous beneficiaries have contributed and made progress

    Beneficiaries will attend regularly and complete challenges set them.

    Aim 2

    Improve the confidence, motivation and resilience of vulnerable/disadvantaged young people


    » Beneficiaries select and interview inspiring adults in the local community about their work; relating findings to personal career goals
    » Beneficiaries develop meaningful creative outputs for an audience
    » Beneficiaries present their achievements and creative work to other young people and adults at Exposure

    Beneficiaries will report improvements to their confidence, motivation and resilience through the Exposure Star, a guided self-assessment tool

    Aim 3

    Improve the life, writing, communications and work skills of vulnerable/disadvantaged young people


    » Beneficiaries develop meaningful creative outputs for an audience
    » Beneficiaries learn creative software and apply techniques, eg Photoshop, WordPress
    » Beneficiaries present their achievements and creative work to other young people and adults at Exposure

    Beneficiaries will report improvements to their skills through the Exposure Star, a guided self-assessment tool

    Aim 4

    Improving employment prospects of vulnerable/disadvantaged young people


    » Beneficiaries learn about self-employment and working freelance
    » Beneficiaries produce updated CV highlighting experiences and taking part in mock job interview
    » Beneficiaries plot next steps, whether re-engaging in appropriate education/training with clearer direction or securing work
    » Beneficiaries receive coaching and support in the early stages of their career

    Beneficiaries will report improved understanding of the work place through the Exposure Star, a guided self-assessment tool, and some will secure work

  • Impact


    The project will improve the ability of beneficiaries to cope, adapt, survive and thrive in life. We will demonstrate this through ‘The Life Effectiveness Questionnaire’, a robust, valid, reliable and freely available research tool for objectively measuring beneficiaries’ perceived change in eight key competences. Exposure will look to sample at least 50 beneficiaries to ensure results are statistically significant.


    The major risks identified are:
    • harm to young people while in Exposure’s care
    • loss or reputational damage arising from the dissemination of copyright or defamatory material
    • loss or misappropriation of data or resources.

    These risks are mitigated by maintaining appropriate insurance cover and by having appropriate safeguarding and other policies and procedures in place, reviewed regularly and available to all staff and freelance contractors via the Exposure internet file hosting service.


    We will produce and end of year report summarising the effectiveness of the project in meeting its stated aims.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £107,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Insurance Insurance/audit fees
      £54,000 Payroll Engaging two project staff
      £39,000 Freelance Fees of two freelance contractors
      £1,200 Print Printing posters/magazines
      £1,500 Comms Internet/telephone/data hosting
      £4,400 Rent Exposure office
      £2,000 Equipment Computer hardware/software
      £1,500 Stationery Office and travel costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    John Lyons £39,000 Guaranteed
    Jack Petchey £1,500 Guaranteed
    Young Barnet £1,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Haringey is one of the most deprived authorities in the country, ranking 30 out of 326. It is the sixth most deprived borough in London. 12 of Haringey’s 19 wards are within the most deprived 20% in England. The domains where Haringey ranks the most deprived are 'Crime' and 'Barriers to Housing and Services', ranked 8th and 10th in England, respectively.


    The project will target vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Haringey, Barnet and surrounding areas, some with learning difficulties, experiencing mental health issues, out of education, in or leaving care.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Exposure has a solid track record, consistently exceeding the expectations of partners and beneficiaries, in turn helping them exceed their own. We have a ‘Gold Level’ London Youth Quality Mark, accredited by City & Guilds.

    The only organisation of its kind locally, Exposure has supported over 5,000 young people since inception in 1996, providing meaningful and creative work experience to improve their key skills, confidence, resilience and employability.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andreas Koumi

    Manager, ensuring young people, staff, funders and clients are happy

    Florence Codjoe

    Development Officer, developing young people’s skills and confidence producing Exposure communications.

I'm Inspired - Poet & Mitch

Exposure helped me break free of looking at my phone most of the time when I am supposed to be working. The interview with Google opened my eyes to the realities of work

Mohammed, 16