Future 4 Me has been crowned the National Lottery "BEST VOLUNTARY/CHARITY PROJECT 2015"
The Future 4 Me service
Future 4 Me offers specialist support to young people leaving custody and leaving care.
The service is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
We have a small team of Future 4 Me Workers bringing specialist skills in housing, mental health, and learning and work. We typically support young people for 6-12 months through weekly meetings.
We engage young people, find out about their interests, develop aspirations and agree a pathway so they can achieve their goals. We've got time to work with them.
We work with partner agencies who offer numerous opportunities and additional support to achieve positive outcomes.
Our workers can help young people to find and sustain good quality housing; education, training and employment; structured activities, including sports, leisure, media and arts. We also help with health and wellbeing, managing money and promoting family contact.
“She [Jenny] didn’t act like she cared, she actually cared … she’s like an Aunty … I would talk to Jenny about nearly anything … she listens to you, respects you and gives good advice”.
Read the Future 4 Me Leaflet for young people (pdf, 183Kb).
Young people leaving custody:
We build relationships with young people up to three months before release from a Youth Offending Institution or Secure Unit. The Team meet the young people on the day they are released, support them to attend relevant appointments, before taking them to their housing.
Young people leaving care:
We aim to engage with young people as early as possible so young people can experience a positive transition from care to living more independently.
The project can support young people in one of the following local authority areas:
Bath and Northeast Somerset (BANES)
- Leaving Custody:
Age 16-19, leaving custody on a youth disposal (DTO/Section 91) and
at risk of leaving custody without settled accommodation, or
likely to have difficulty sustaining accommodation on release.
We will consider referrals of young people who have already left custody and are not engaging well with services, not coping well and would benefit from additional support.
- Leaving Care:
Age 16-21, leaving care, needing support with accommodation and not engaging well with existing services.
Making a referral
- Leaving Custody:
We ask that referrals are made through YOT/Probation case holders.
We ask that referrals are made 3 months prior to release. This can include young people aged 15 who will soon be leaving custody and those 18(+) who are leaving custody on a youth disposal.
Use the Leaving Custody Future 4 Me Referral Form (word,831Kb) and read the Future 4 Me Referral Criteria (pdf, 238Kb)
- Leaving Care:
We ask that referrals are made through the Leaving Care Team Manager who will prioritise referrals.
Use the Leaving Care Future 4 Me Referral Form (word, 851Kb) and read the Future 4 Me Referral Criteria (pdf,238Kb).
Referrals are passed to the Senior Practitioner. If you know someone who might need support call 0117 317 8800 ask to speak to the Future 4 Me Senior Practitioner.
If you want to appeal any decision within the referral process please contact the Support Services Manager.
Secure email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Future 4 Me is run by 1625 Independent People and is supported by the South West Resettlement Consortium. We work closely with local partners which include Police and Local Authorities in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and voluntary sector partners :