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Project information

Launch a new Spear centre!

Every day, young people’s lives are changed by the Spear programme as they overcome real challenges to start their careers. We want to reach more young people in 2019 by opening a new centre and helping some of the most vulnerable members of our society back into work or education.

March 2019 - February 2020

Charity information: Resurgo Trust

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  • Need


    Despite reports of unemployment being at an all-time low, unemployment amongst young people is 3 times higher than the national average. We work with societies' most vulnerable young people, with over 90% facing significant barriers to finding sustainable employment or education, including criminal records, low education attainment and mental health issues.


    Spear is a 1yr programme helping unemployed 16-24 year olds at risk of social exclusion overcome disadvantage to find employment. Our coaches take a holistic approach, working on CVs and interview practice, but also attitude and soft skills to bring about mindset change (such as resilience, managing emotions and persevering through challenges). We work with businesses to help young people access job opportunities and over 75% of those who complete Spear remain in work or education a year later.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Change the lives of vulnerable young people, equipping them with the attitudes & skills to find work


    » open two new Spear centres in 2019 in recognised areas of deprivation in the UK
    » run 6 Spear programmes a year in each centre beginning with our initial 6 week phase, Spear Foundation; 4 days a week with 1 to 1 and group coaching
    » Support trainees through Spear Career sessions; ongoing support for 1yr to help them into work or education and provide tailored support once employed
    » partner with corporates to help young people access job opportunities

    What success will look like

    Celebrating the transformation of Spear trainees across our centres, as well as consistently exceeding our target of seeing over 65% still in work or education 1 year after Spear

  • Impact


    We aim to have a long-term impact on youth employment. 75% of young people that have completed the Spear Foundation phase go into work or education and are still there a year after completion. Using proven coaching techniques, we tackle deep rooted issues that hold young people back and empower them to take responsibility, manage their emotions and handle conflict. This positively impacts their relationships and sets an example for their peers, transforming our trainees and their communities


    The challenges we face are securing vital funding and helping young people access job opportunities. To tackle this, we are building a community of donors, volunteers and corporate partners. We are encouraged by the centres we have successfully opened so far and by pledges received for our next centre. We have a good track record of linking young people with job opportunities and are also launching an apprenticeships programme to prevent young people from getting stuck in entry level job.


    Donors will be kept up to date with our progress and will receive our heartfelt thanks through personal communications when our centre opens. Major donors will receive an additional report in the Spring and we will celebrate the support we receive through The Big Give across our social media channel

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £77,799

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,019 Coaching Support coaches line management and senior coaching team support
      £10,923 Impact Monitoring impact monitoring and quality assurance
      £4,227 HR access to Head Office and HR support
      £22,630 Support Costs Communications, Finance and IT

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    individual donor £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are in advanced discussions regarding 2 new centres in different areas of the UK including west London, Leeds and Reading. We expect to open one new centre by March 2019. The communities in which we plan to open our next centres are known nationally for deprivation and youth unemployment, and are areas in which we have strong links with the local community.


    Spear transforms the life chances for the most vulnerable young people in our society. Young people on Spear face complex challenges; over 90% has at least one of the following indicators of disadvantage; low educational attainment, histories of crime, chaotic family backgrounds or mental health issues. Most have very low self-esteem and the change that Spear brings about impacts not just the trainee but often their community too.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    - Unique coaching approach; a tailored curriculum developed by a former corporate coach
    - Holistic support; working on CVs and interview practise but more importantly, attitude and soft skills, aiming to bring about mind-set change
    - Career coaching; support for a year to help each young person enter employment and progress
    - Strong track record; consistently over 75% of those who complete Spear are still in work a yr later
    - Corporate partnerships; helping young people access job opportunities

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tom Jackson

    Founder Tom Jackson, awarded an MBE for services to young people and the community has led Resurgo in working with 5000 young people since 2004.

    Iona Ledwidge

    Executive Director, the youngest Master Coach in the UK accredited by the International Coach Federation and oversees the Spear programme

    Claire Pearson

    Former Spear coach, managed our Camden centre and is now Coaching Manager across 3 centres and supporting Iona Ledwidge with our plans for expansion

    Our Dedicated Coaches

    Trained to ICF standards, their combination of challenge and support enables a remarkable transformation in the young people we work with.

The future is bright for me. I thought I wasn’t going to amount to anything in my life. But I know I can definitely move mountains if I want to.

Omar, Spear Trainee