Youth unemployment is a particular problem in Hull, where the number of young people claiming Job Seekers' Allowance is the highest of any English city. This is not only damaging to young people's life chances, but can also lead to other social problems such as crime, antisocial behaviour and homelessness.
Giroscope concentrates on the some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in West Hull, providing decent housing and volunteering opportunities to young people in order to help them thrive in their communities. Together with Canopy, the charity recently won the prestigious World Habitat Award.
LandAid have funded Giroscope's ‘Hull Young Futures Project’ in West Hull, renovating two large houses to provide emergency accommodation for eight young people in severe housing need. The project will house young ex-offenders who would otherwise be homeless following their release and give them the chance to help out with the project and gain valuable experience in construction.
Mayer Brown are providing pro bono legal advice through LandAid to Giroscope to assist them with setting up the correct legal documentation required for tenants of emergency and short term accommodation.
This project will help ex-offenders get their life back on track. They will be provided with a Youth Training Manager who, as well as helping them gain experience in construction, will work with them to develop a personal learning plan with further work opportunities, college courses or apprenticeships in mind.