Project information

Open Spaces Open Minds

Groups of 15 unemployed young people work on an environmental project, gaining new practical skills that enhance their employment prospects. By improving the natural surroundings of local areas, the young people will also create a legacy that contributes to boosting visitor numbers to these areas.

12 days, over 6 weeks

Charity information: CXK Limited

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  • Need


    Increase the skills of unemployed young people aged 16-18 and support them in finding suitable local employment and training. The project also aims to encourage young people to engage positively in their open spaces and their community, reducing anti-social behaviour.


    This project empowers local people to create a brighter future for themselves and make a positive contribution to their communities. The community as a whole will benefit not just from the work done to conserve their open spaces, but from reduced anti-social behaviour and from positive involvement by young people in their community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support unemployed young people to increase their skills and gain local employment or training.


    » Work towards an environmental qualification.
    » Gain knowledge of alternative career opportunities.
    » Support from a CXK Adviser to find suitable local employment and/or training.

    What success will look like

    Success will be young people engaged in employment and training after completing the course.

    Aim 2

    Encourage young people to engage positively in their open spaces and their community.


    » Work as a team to improve the physical environment of their community e.g. clearing paths, rebuilding fences, improving community centres.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the legacy of improved community spaces as a result of the work the young people have produced.

  • Impact


    Young people will be in employment or training and contributing positively to their local community. Via Natural England/Big Lottery funding CXK were able to fund a similar project with young people in year 11 on the edge of exclusion. Results include 90% of participants sitting and achieving GCSEs (none were expected to achieve). We would like the opportunity to extend the learning from this further into communities to help young people that have already become unemployed.


    CXK and the delivery partners we work with to conduct the training fully risk assess all activities and have procedures in place to ensure the safety and well being of all in contact with the project.


    CXK will ask participants for feedback on the course and will use this to continuously improve delivery of the project. Via regular tracking of young people, CXK keep in touch with all participants throughout the year to ensure they have made a positive progression into training/employment.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 tbc tbc
  • Background



  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Read more about the Charity running this project.