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Future 4 Me Project

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 care, leaving custody or young people who are at risk of entering custody.  Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, we have a small team of Future 4 Me workers who bring specialist skills in resettlement, mental health, learning and work and participation. We offer flexible support to young people over a 6 to 12 month period. 

  • We engage young people through building positive, consistent relationships that are based on trust. 
  • We enable young people to achieve increased stability and wellbeing by focussing on improving access and sustainment of good quality accommodation, positive activities, education, training and employment and health services. 
  • We support young people to engage positively in their communities and build and sustain positive relationships outside of the project.
Young people are involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of Future 4 Me and we work in partnership with voluntary, public and business sectors so young people can access the support and opportunities they need to succeed. We are also developing a model of good practice that can be shared nationally. 

“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”.

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.

Our Establish project, delivered in partnership with Andrews Charitable Trust as part of our Future 4 Me service, provides accommodation for care leavers who are ready to access employment opportunities.

Young people leaving custody:

We build relationships with young people up to three months before release from a Youth Offending Institution or secure Unit and contribute to the multi-agency resettlement planning.. We are flexible in our approach and can meet with a young person on their release from custody.

We are also able to work with young people who are at risk of custody and work closely with our partners to identify young people that would benefit from our support early on.

Referral Criteria

The project can support young people in one of the following local authority areas:

  • Bristol
  • Bath and Northeast Somerset (BANES)
  • North Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire

- Leaving Care:

Age 16-21, leaving care, needing support to increase their stability and wellbeing and not engaging well with existing services.

- Leaving Custody:

Age 16-19, leaving custody, and likely to have difficulty engaging with support services on release.

- At Risk of Custody

Age 16-19, identified by our Youth Justice partners as being at risk of entering custody and having difficulty engaging with support services.

We will consider referrals of young people who have already left custody and are not engaging well with services, are not coping well and would benefit from additional support.

Making a referral

If you would like to make a referral for a young person and you feel they meet the referral criteria, please contact the Specialist Services Manager and we will guide you through the referral process. 


If you know someone who might need support please call Clare Birch, Specialist Services Manager, on 0117 317 8800.

If you want to appeal any decision within the referral process please contact Dawn Taylor, Operations Director.

Our Partners

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 Local Authorities and Youth Offending Teams in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES), North Somerset and South Gloucestershire; the Youth Justice Board, Avon and Somerset Constabulary / IMPACT voluntary sector partners, business partners and the University of Gloucester:

Off the Record Bristol
Creative Youth Network Creative Youth Network
Learning Partnership West
Youth Education Service Youth Education Service 
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University of Gloucestershire
Andrews Charitable Trust

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