We currently deliver programmes across the North West and North Wales.
The young people on our programmes refer to themselves as ‘gappies’.
A virtual programme for 16 – 25 year olds. A chance to gain new skills and experiences and with the support of a mentor, build a plan for a bright future.
A life-changing programme for 18+ year olds including six-months’ paid employment, work placements, coaching and mentoring sessions, activity days and experiences.
Sir John Timpson
Chloe felt unable to leave the house and was on a rollercoaster of emotions.
She says completing our programme was life-changing, for both her and her daughter.
Today she works for social services and is studying Adult Nursing at University.
Before joining our programme, Shahida struggled with her mental health and feeling isolated:
“WeMindTheGap has given me so many opportunities that I would never have dreamed possible, including winning a six-month place on Raleigh International. Next month I am off to work in Nepal – I can’t wait to tell you how I get on!”
Sophie was still living in the Women’s Aid Refuge when she heard about the programme:
“In March 2017, I passed my induction at PGL with flying colours. I am now working as an instructor on site, helping young people overcome their fears on a day-to-day basis.”
Vicki’s adviser suggested the programme after she’d been on Job Seekers’ Allowance for a nearly a year after leaving college:
“We’ve done so many different things and I’ve learned lots of practical skills. I’m just a different person now.”
Sophie volunteered for work experience at Moneypenny following the programme:
“I had so much fun and loved being part of the team. Diane told the Finance Director how good at numbers I was and after a couple of months, I was offered a permanent contract!”
Lauren became known to Social Services at the age of 10, when her mum’s mental health deteriorated:
“I began to miss school. I was in and out of care until I was 16 and felt frustrated at the lack of care for my Mum and my inability to look after her. From the age of 16 I found myself unemployed and fed up after my contract at Wrexham Council came to an end.”
For every £1 invested, we return £3.60 in social value within 18 months.
For every 10 gappies, we achieve a social impact of £550,000 and public-cost savings of £190,000 – all within one year of gappies graduating.
Since our programmes began in 2014, we have delivered £5.5m in social value and £2.4m in public-cost savings. That’s a total impact of £7.9m.
70% of our graduates have remained in successful and sustainable employment, or educational opportunities which means that they have stayed clear of the benefits system.For comparison, on joining the programme, 100% of gappies were on income related benefits.
19 December 20232023 Round-up and Christmas message
It has been a really significant year for WeMindTheGap and the work we do to support young people and create opportunities for them to fulfil their potential. At such a...
20 October 2023The Big Conversation – Bridging the gaps: empowering young people across communities, employers and education to enable a brighter future.
The Big Conversation is an unprecedented attempt to get inside the heads and into the hearts of those people whose lives and education were so rudely disrupted by Covid19, and...
20 February 2024New WeMindTheGap dual-language website
We’re so excited to launch the WeMindTheGap dual-language website, made possible with The National Lottery Community Fun. The website represents a significant effort to provide information, resources, and services in...
29 January 2024The Hug – Reflections from WeGrow Brathay Trust outward bound trip.
It’s just a hug between three young people?….You’re wrong…Its so much more…. 15 weeks ago, these three young people didn’t know each other. In truth, they didn’t know themselves other...
25 January 2024Gappies explore the benefits and risks of using the internet with Liz Stanton MBE from Get Safe Online and Police & Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin.
Gappies on our WeGrow Flintshire programme were delighted to meet Liz Stanton MBE from Get Safe Online, and Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin. Through discussion and debate, Gappies and...