Moving 4Ward

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What is the Early Connect London Pilot?

Funded under the GLA’s new UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Support for Young Londoners initiative, Moving 4Ward is delivered by Rinova in both London Central and North and East London.

The Moving 4Ward project targets young people who are NEET ( not in education, employment or training ) and considered to be at particular disadvantage, including insecure or disrupted housing and SEND. Through a range of personalised, tailored support, the project aims to help young people identify their goals and move forward to achieve positive progressions.

Moving 4ward London Central and Moving 4ward North and East are aimed at young people between the age of 16-24 who are not currently in employment, education or training. We are particularly focused on supporting those who are currently in insecure or temporary housing and those who are experiencing multiple barriers to progression into the world of work.

You are eligible for Rinovas projects if you currently stay at an address in one of the following boroughs:

London Central

Camden
City of London
Hackney
Haringey
Islington
Kensington and Chelsea
Lambeth
Lewisham
Southwark
Tower Hamlets
Wandsworth
Westminster

London North & East

Barking and Dagenham
Bexley
Bromley
Enfield
Greenwich
Havering
Newham
Redbridge
Waltham Forest

We aim to offer a range of complementary  WORKSHOPS, SOCIAL ACTION PROJECTS AND EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES to participants on the Moving 4ward project. During the tailored plan of activities, 1:2:1 support sessions and activities are delivered by the participant’s Personal Advisor, to ensure that there is consistency throughout.

The exact content of sessions will be determined by and adapted to, the individual needs of the participants, but workshops will be based around key themes such as:

  • Why working is important?
    ie Exploring financial freedom and what this means to you. Dealing with hurdles to progression. Long vs short term career plans. Looking at employment and benefit considerations.
  • Health Awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Job searching
  • Recognising your strengths
  • What sector? What type of employer?

Taking part in Social Action projects is one way in which participants can make a difference in their local communities by working toward a common goal, whilst also expanding their skills and creating a record of their achievements. Social Action is a way of covering  many of the transferable and soft skills that participants have worked on 1:1 with their advisors and in workshops. Working alongside their peers and colleagues, participants are encouraged to come up with ideas they find inspiring and of personal interest and which can, at the same time, add something useful to their community. Whether this is improving a shared space, finding ways to pass on information that they believe isn’t understood or highlighted enough, or something purely practical like raising money for a charity. Through participating in these social action projects, participants can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others as well as improving their own prospects – empowering them with the skills, resources, and opportunities needed to pursue fulfilling careers and achieve their full potential.

Examples of Social Action Projects:

  • Taking up local volunteering opportunities.
    These could be in several types of employers/charities/local support organisations/local government organisations.
  • Supporting those in need within the local area.
    ie creation of care packages for the elderly, helping those who have special needs and people with disabilities, working with schools and community providers in their delivery of services.
  • Active donation and procurement activities.
    ie strategies to approach local employers to ask for direct donations, be they fiscal or donations of products or services. Finding creative methods for redistributed to local charities or local people in need.
  • Filmmaking.
    Participants could choose a theme or a topic they feel is important to their local community, using filmmaking as a medium of conveying a powerful social message to a wider audience, or to highlight an issue that is underreported.
  • Social community spaces – can these be improved?
    ie through direct action and physical participation, to improve areas/facilities – by volunteering time and effort.
  • Identification and advocating on issues of community concern – canvassing, local surveys.
    Doing research into participants local areas and seeing what works for them and what doesn’t. This could include a campaign to promote awareness shared with local decision makers and influencers.
  • Improved employability and job search skills delivered via your own Personal Advisor
  • Enhanced practical skills
  • Better understanding of your goals and a plan to help you progress towards them
  • Access to positive progression routes including employment, education and training

This project currently runs until April 2025, there is no fixed time that you can be on the course – the duration is dependent on your needs.

What do I do next?
To find out how to apply please follow this link.

How can I get involved?

I’m an employer – how can I get involved?

Rinova are always looking for enthusiastic, committed employers willing to offer advice, opportunities, mentoring or support to the young people who will be the workforce of tomorrow. If you are interested in seeing how your company could be involved please contact info@rinova.co.uk and your query will be passed to a member of the team who will contact you promptly.

I’m a service provider for young people – how can I get involved?

If you are a provider of accommodation or support services to young people in the eligible boroughs and you would like to discuss how we can support your service users, please do contact us at info@rinova.co.uk. A Rinova Advisor will contact you to discuss how we can work together to provide the best possible support for your young people.