Category Archive: News

Step2Work Renfrewshire – Jayden

Jayden first engaged with Barnardo’s Works when he was in S5 at Castlehead High School. Jayden was wanting to leave school but was not quite sure what next steps would be.

Jayden started Barnardo’s EXPLORE programme while still at school, this introduced him to Barnardo’s Works and staff, Jayden successfully completed EXPLORE,  showing up consistently, after not attending school.

Jayden chose to leave school at Christmas, and, after successful interview came onto our STEP2WORK course.

Jayden is very into sports and is a keen amateur boxer.

“Barnardo’s Works allowed me to meet new people, gain qualifications”

While on the STEP2WORK Programme Jayden gained qualifications; Step to Work Award, Personal Money Management and First Aid at Work. Jayden met new people and built new friendships.


Jayden explored different career options and sectors during his time working with us, and decided sport and fitness industry was the path he wanted to take.

Jayden applied to go to West College Scotland on their entry into sport and fitness programme starting in August. Jayden successfully secured his space.

As part of his course Jayden completed a 4 week work placement through ONEREN which Jayden received excellent feedback for. ONEREN were advertising for part time leisure attendants, as Jayden was doing so well they encouraged him to apply.

“I was introduced to staff at One Ren which has allowed me to get a job following my work placement which I really enjoyed. This has allowed me to start my career in sport and fitness.”

After successfully interviewing Jayden gained the position as leisure attendant job with OneRen.

“Barnardo’s Works allowed me to meet new people, gain qualifications as well as being introduced to staff at One Ren which has allowed me to get a job following my work placement which I really enjoyed. This has allowed me to start my career in sport and fitness.”- Jayden

“Jayden has shown dedication throughout his time with Barnardo’s Works and has progressed hugely throughout his time on programme and after. I am delighted for Jayden securing both a college place and employment- well done!”- Holly, ELO

Expansion of The JOBS Project

We are pleased to announce that our NEW London Jobs project site is now up and running. The new location is situated in Crystal Palace and straddles the boundaries of five London Boroughs: Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham. We are looking forward to supporting and building connections in the area with referral partners and employers to continue to support young people into employment.

The JOBS Project

Barnardo’s & Pathways 2 Progression

Are YOU finding it hard to get back into Education? Look no further, our Pathways 2 Progression is  a programme here to help you!

One day a week every Wednesday for 20 weeks

We will support you to;

  • Gain a recognised Mental Health Qualification
  • Build your confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop good communication skills
  • Offer tasters


For more information or to speak to someone contact:

Email claire.kapur@barnardos.org.uk Mobile 07730026641 Office 0191 2963367

Shay – realising a dream of Stonemasonry

Since 2019, Shay had been interested in stonemasonry and when his sister saw an advert for AB Masonry he took the opportunity to apply. Andrew Beattie, who started the company in 2014, heard about the support that Barnardo’s Works Highland could offer through SACO (Scottish Academy for Construction Opportunities) and got in touch.

Through Barnardo’s, Andrew as an employer could get the support in ensuring that Shay had the employability skills to sustain employment. For Shay, he received support with skills, knowledge of the workplace as well as “scheduling and holding onto my money”.

When asking Shay what he enjoys about his job he said. “Everything. I enjoy working outdoors, everyone I work with is great and Andy is the best boss I’ve ever had”. Since starting Shay has perfected his pointing and has learned how to do blockwork. He hopes to stay at AB Masonry for as long as he can and work towards being a fully qualified stonemason.

On working with Barnardo’s Works, Shay says

“Anyone who gets this opportunity should take it!”

The Building Hope Academy is recruiting now – September 2023 start

Enrolment is now open:

Do you want to gain a qualification in construction, CSCS training and card, English and Maths, tailored support, access to work experience placements and progression routes including paid employment, apprenticeships and further training?

The Building Hope Academy may be for you!
Are you:

  • 16-18 (up to 24 with an EHCP)? Unemployed and not in education?
  • Living in Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark, Croydon and Lambeth?
  • Unsure about what to do next?
  • In need of a confidence boost?
  • Interested in working in the Construction Industry?

*Free PPE and course material provided.
*Bursary for travel and lunch available for those who are eligible.

Venue:  The Triangle.  2 Coxwell Road. Crystal Palace LONDON SE19 3BG

Entry requirements

• Not in education, employment and training (NEET)• Looked after Children or Care Leavers
• Residents in the boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark, Lambeth
and Croydon.

We will help you with:
• Bursary is provided for lunch and travel *dependent on household income
• 1:1 support
• Support and advice to access help with financial management, housing and
health and wellbeing
• FREE PPE – Personal Protective Clothing

How to enrol

1. Complete and send a referral form (click link to download referral form)

Building Hope Referral Form – 2023 – 2024

To register now or for further information:
T: 07784 239106
E: buildinghopeacademy@barnardos.org.uk

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability support for The JOBS Project from Jermyn Street Design

The JOBS project is a partnership between Amazon and Barnardo’s to get young people aged 18 to 29 into employment with 7 sites currently open across the United Kingdom.

The JOBS Project Training and Delivery Manager for the Midlands and South – Mandeep Bassan has this to say about a recent generous contribution to the programme of interview clothing from the award winning Jermyn Street Design:

“As part of a positive experience through The JOBS Project, we aim to equip young people will skills, knowledge, and resources to support them into employment. One of these support mechanisms is to provide young people with interview clothing, and we have been able to enhance this element of the project with JSD’s generous provision of quality garments. Young people have been able to use these for their interviews as well as keep for the future. On behalf of myself, the team and each young person you have supported, I would like to say a huge thank you to the JSD team.”

Jerymn Street Design’s – Sustainability Specialist Lisa Cunningham-Sherret, who has facilitated the contribution of interview clothing alongside Lisa Whiteaker – Client Services Manager had the following to say:

“JSD have over 65 world-leading clients in more than 80 countries across the globe, Jermyn Street Design helps business build brand value through award-winning uniform designs, ethical and sustainable production practices, and promotion of wearer well-being and productivity.  Innovation lies at the heart of everything we do.  We pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of creativity and design, ensuring that our custom clothing reflects your brand identity but also sets you apart.
Supporting a good cause like Barnardo’s not only benefits the organisation itself but also promotes sustainability. These garments serve a crucial role in empowering the youth during job interviews, helping them present themselves professionally and confidently. JSD takes pride in supporting projects like this, as they align with our values of social responsibility and sustainability, enabling us to make a positive difference in the lives of young people while fostering a more inclusive and environmentally conscious society.”

Rawand shares his journey on The JOBS Project for World Youth Skills Day.

“My name is Rawand, I am 26 years old and from North Iraq, the Kurdistan region. I moved to the UK in 2020 to seek asylum due to the ongoing conflict in my home country and the risk to my life. During my time living in Kurdistan, I attended university, and I became a qualified nurse, as I have always been passionate about helping people.”

“I arrived in the UK during the pandemic, which was difficult for me as I did not know anybody here, which meant I spent a lot of the time alone. However, I utilised this time to learn how to speak English and I taught myself how to paint.
Art is very much a passion of mine and I have always enjoyed doing it – it feels like an escape for me.”

“I have recently completed the Barnardo’s JOBS Project and I found it very helpful with building my confidence. It has also given me valuable employment skills such as the ability to create a CV, understand the job application process and how to be confident in an interview. The course has also helped me gain access to a hospitality programme, which will help me achieve my goal of getting a job. I am very appreciative of what Barnardo’s has done for me and I am looking forward to my future, here in the