Project information

Launch a new Spear centre!

Over 15 years we have achieved outstanding results helping disadvantaged young people into work or education. With a proven model that is replicable, our goal is to open 2 new Spear centres in 2019, funding one through The Big Give, changing the life chances of an extra 180 young people per year.

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 the most vulnerable young people, including those with criminal records, mental health issues or less than 5 GCSEs and the overwhelming majority lack confidence and self-belief. All Spear trainees are not in employment, education or training and over 90% face indicators of disadvantage that act as huge barriers for them moving forward.


    Spear is a 1yr programme helping 16-24 year olds at risk of social exclusion overcome disadvantage to find and sustain 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

    to support an extra 180 young people per year from disadvantaged backgrounds into work or training


    » open 2 new Spear centres in 2019 in areas of deprivation
    » 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

    We aim for 65% of trainees to be in work or education after 1 year. Our coaches monitor where our young people are at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after completing the first 6 weeks.

  • Impact


    We aim to have a long-term impact on the issue of youth employment. 75% of young people that have completed the Spear Foundation phase are in work or education 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 also positively impacts their relationships and sets an example for their peers, transforming our trainees and their communities.


    Securing funding: our existing donors are excited about our plans to open new centres and share our goal of broadening the reach of Spear. We have successfully secured funding for new centres in the past and have received pledges for our next centre.
    Lack of Jobs; we have excellent corporate relationships and a good track record of linking young people with opportunities. We are also launching an apprenticeships programme to prevent young people from getting stuck in entry level jobs.


    Donors will be kept up to date with our progress and thanked for their support via our e-newsletter. 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 channels.

  • 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 3 new centres, Leeds, Brighton & North Kensington and expect to open 2 by March 2019. Our Leeds site is an area ranked in the worst 3% nationally for deprivation. Our Brighton centre will work with young people from the Whitehawk Estate, which ranks in the bottom 2% of affluence in the UK. Our links with the Grenfell community in North Kensington have highlighted a strong need for further support for vulnerable young people.


    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 year 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.