TwentyTwenty is a charity that breaks cycles of worklessness, hopelessness and dependency in the most deprived areas of Leicestershire and Derbyshire and Rutland, through working with young people aged 11-24. We believe that every young person has incredible potential, and that the most disaffected young people are resources to be developed rather than problems to be solved.
The young people who come to us live without hope, in the most deprived neighbourhoods, many from families who are now long term unemployed:
• They have failed at school, through being excluded or not being able to engage with mainstream education. They exist in a demoralised state, feeling neglected and without a meaningful future;
• They face a wide range of personal and social needs: poor physical and mental health, learning disabilities (many are on the autistic spectrum), caring responsibilities (including teenage motherhood), lack of decent housing, family criminality, gross economic disadvantage, low level drug addiction and a complete lack of societal or family support.
We exist to help these young people become independent, healthy, aspirational citizens who have the skills and wherewithal to hold down secure and progressive jobs.
We do this through:
• Lifeskills Centres in Leicester and Derby, training NEET 16-24 year olds in education and essential business skills, helping them gain qualifications and work experience, with wraparound pastoral support and offers of counselling where deeper-rooted issues might be barriers to their success.
• ‘Love4Life’ programmes in Leicestershire, supporting vulnerable girls through relationship education, sexual health services and mental health workshops in youth groups on deprived estates.