Enable is proud to present our GAINN Project, which is a community project running from our office in Kettering! We have two mentors joining us on this 5 year project – Matt and Amanda!

Are you 17-24 years old, living in Northamptonshire (Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants) , unemployed with feelings of social isolation? Then please get in touch with us and apply to join us on this project!

Through closely working with either Matt or Amanda, you will be encouraged to develop your skills in various aspects to help you get into Education, Employment or Voluntary Work. We will work with you to build your confidence, increase your interest in the society around you and get you into education, employment and volunteer work.

Research conducted by Office of National Statistics (ONS) found that:

Almost 10% of people aged 16 to 24 reported always or often feeling lonely – the highest proportion of any age group!

This was more than three times higher than people aged 65 and over, who are traditionally perceived as most at risk from the negative impacts of isolation.

Your mentor will work with you individually to assess what training and mentoring you will benefit most from, as well as some group work to get you learning more social interaction and team work skills. Together, we can work together to make your future brighter.

The project has been running since 2019 and we have successfully helped many young people in Northamptonshire into work and volunteering opportunities, giving them the skills to develop personally and professionally.

Feedback that we receive from the participants has helped us to grow the project. Giving young people the opportunity to choose the activities they get involved with and supporting them in their choice is part of the work that Matt and Amanda do on a daily basis.

Matt and Amanda have also been a shoulder to cry on and an adult to talk to for young people who are struggling with their mental health.

Though the pandemic and various lockdowns made it difficult for Matt and Amanda to get out and about to see the participants of the GAINN Project, but they kept in regular contact with them. Often organising group Zoom calls to ensure they had some social interaction as well as 1-2-1 support.

Feedback we received from Christine, a participant on the project – “I just want to say that the support I get from Amanda it so amazing. She has supported me by helping me to develop the confidence to apply to college again but not only that she had always be honest with me about everything . The work Amanda does really changes young people lives”

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from our mentor’s support contact us and we can enrol them as a participant on our GAINN Project.