Pawsitive Possibilities

dog on purple background

A Community Lottery Funded project summed up as:

Life skills workshops, run by people, hosted by dogs.

Basically, a number of wonderful organisations and people have offered to do short workshops on useful topics e.g. budgeting, working rights, mental health in the workplace etc.

But the twist is, that the whole time you are surrounded by the very good dogs at a fantastic dog sitting service called Vippies.

This series of workshops is designed for people who have potentially spent time socially isolated and want a nice way to get back into the swing of being around people or for people who just generally lack social confidence and want to work on this in a safe environment, surrounded by dogs while learning multiple useful life skills.

The groups are no bigger than 15 young people at a time and we’d ask that you commit to the series of workshops and agree to the social contract that we put in place to help people feel comfortable and safe in this setting.

To find out when we’re running the next series email: gabby@networklincoln.co.uk

To find out more, download the info packs here:

Faces 2 Names

Are you a charity, organisation or business based in Lincoln? Do you want to find out more about the local support available for young people? Why not come along to Faces 2 Names.

We host these 3-4 times a year at a variety of lovely host locations, with over 50 different organisations usually attending. It is essentially a speed networking morning for you to meet the different organisations supporting young people in Lincoln!

At the event, you sit opposite each other and have a set amount of time to fill each other in on what you do, before moving on to the next person. At the end, you have a chance to mingle and find people that you want to talk to more (or swap business cards/leaflets during the first section!)

It’s a great way to literally put faces to names of people you may have heard of, but not had the chance to meet!

We’ve had great feedback from this event, and it’s helped us to launch projects and new partnerships. 

To find out the date of our next Faces to Names please email: gabby@networklincoln.co.uk or check out!

MOVE

MOVE stands for: Moving On To Volunteering or Employment

It’s a BBO project funded by the Community Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

This project is especially suited for those who are maybe needing a bit more support to get where they want to. Perhaps you don’t have any copies of your “Right to Work Documents”, we could fund these. Maybe you just need to be meeting up with someone more often because you’ve got a lot of things going on and you’re looking for extra support to build your confidence and skills after a slightly longer period out of education, employment or training. If you think you might benefit from this project, please feel free to mention it to your adviser to find out more!

Workshops

If you are a local educational provider or organisation that supports young people please get in touch to find out more about our FREE workshops.

We personalise and tailor these to each group to ensure that they are have the most up-to-date and relevant information. No two workshops are the same!

In the past, we have delivered workshops focused on CV and cover letter creation, interview preparation, selecting suitable career paths and how to manage change.

Each session is activity led with some handy tools that they can take away and use in the future when career planning! Our core goal is to build their confidence and ensure that when they leave they are able to identify the wonderful skills that they have.

Email Rachel to find out more at Rachel@networklincoln.co.uk

Focus Groups

To ensure that we are always led by young people and offering the services that they both need and want, we host 3 monthly focus groups. Here we gather a group of young people and just listen to what they have to say! These focus groups help us to adapt our services and put in bids for fun projects, like pawsitive possibilities… and yes, we always provide food!

If you are aged between 16-24 years or know someone who is that would be interested in getting involved in the next focus group, please get in touch with Rachel at Rachel@networklincoln.co.uk.

Youth Employability Conference

In February 2020 we hosted our first Youth Employability Conference. Here, we invited an equal mix of local young people, businesses and organisations to discuss the barriers that young people experience when they are trying to seek employment.

We split the room into groups to discuss the barriers in detail, sharing their knowledge and experience in the areas. From this information, we created a report and used the data to shape our strategy to implement better preventative measures and to help to minimise the barriers affecting the young people in Lincoln.

The barriers discussed were as follows:

If you would like to have a copy of this report or would like to discuss how you can support young people in Lincoln, please get in touch with our marketing and outreach officer at Rachel@networklincoln.co.uk.