Project information

Community Cafe (Pilot Scheme)

To engage young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET). Offering them a safe space and free resources and skilled, non-judgemental staff to assist them in obtaining qualifications and getting jobs.

3 Months

Charity information

The Door Youth Project

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  • Need


    There is currently nowhere in Stroud to do a Job Search that is free to use. As a result young people find it difficult to find and apply for jobs, further education/training.

    Not having a job or being unable to train for a job can demotivate young people and as a result many become disadvantaged with poor education, low opportunities for employment, exclusion from school and society and an increased risk of involvement in substance misuse, crime, anti-social behaviour, bullying and self harm.


    We will solve this problem by providing free access to a safe space for young people (18-25) to use for their job searches. Alongside this resource, trained youthworkers will be on hand to offer help and advice on Housing, Money Management, Education, Training, Health and Well-being as well as assistance with interview techniques, CV and Cover Letter writing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To assist young people in moving to their next stage - Education, Employment or Training


    » Provide access to computers and the internet for free so they can search for local jobs easily.
    » Offer advice and guidance on interview technique and CV writing so they are well prepared.

    Young people securing interviews, gaining work experience, beginning further education, taking part in training or securing jobs.

    Aim 2

    Increase the employability of young people, including improving their skills and self confidence


    » Offer advice and guidance on what education or training may be useful to each young person.
    » Offer opportunities for work experience and volunteering in our retail outlet and youth centres.

    Young people leaving the sessions with improved skills and knowledge of the services available to them.

  • Impact


    Reduced youth unemployment locally, reduced local crime as a result of more young people being employed and improved well being of local young people and their families.

    This will be demonstrated by an annual reduction in local youth unemployment.


    There is a risk that young people may not be able to 'hold down' a job once they have secured it. To deal with this the Community Cafe will remain accessible to young people once they have a job to support them and to offer further advice and guidance.


    Donors will receive a monthly email from the charity reporting on the organisation as a whole.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Salary Paid community youthworker to support young people and offer advice and guidance
      £400 Capital Initial Setup Costs for chairs, tables, coffee machine etc
      £1,000 Room Hire Use of Stroud Drop-in centre as location for Community Cafe
      £960 Salary Paid sessional youthworker offer advice and guidance to young people
      £200 Admin Administration time preparing for sessions
      £240 Captial Ongoing resources including coffee, paper etc
  • Background


    The Community cafe will run out of The Door Youth Project's Stroud HQ which is a fully accessible and established centre for young people in the centre of town. It is also where the charity provides mentoring support for 11-25 year olds as well as offering support for parents and families. These services would be accessible to users of the community cafe should they need it.


    Young people aged 18 - 25 in the Stroud District and beyond.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Door has a 25 year history of supporting young people in the Stroud District including 2 years of focused intervention youthwork with NEET young people. We have already contributed to a reduction in local youth unemployment and have a longstanding relationship with local businesses, colleges, training providers and the local job centre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Annie HC

    Annie is The Door's Community Youthwork Coordinator for the Stroud Area. She will be the driving force behind the Community Cafe.