Link Up Leigh Park has – and continues to – achieve great outcomes for young people in the Leigh Park area.

This has been achieved through partnership working with a number of organisations – and the fantastic support of your users!

Examples include:

University research

The University of Portsmouth and Havant Borough Council have been working on a research programme supporting Link Up Leigh Park to build insight into the needs of 16-24-year-olds from Leigh Park. The insight gathered will help inform work to reduce barriers young people face in accessing education, training and/or employment.

With data collection now complete, work is underway on identifying common themes/patterns of what each group has talked about so that services can come together to develop impactful, sustainable interventions to move young people forward.

Connect Youth Ambassadors

Following an extensive Youth Engagement Survey, a number of ambassador meetings have taken place to engage with and enthuse interested young people. A group of young people from Havant have come along to discuss their top 5 priorities and start to identify how they would like to be involved as ‘Youth Ambassadors’.

As a result:

• A litter pick has been done in Warren Park with two councillors from the area getting involved.

• Power of Youth Day 2023 was celebrated by taking over Havant Borough Council social media channels to talk about Youth Social Action and recognise the great work that is ongoing across Havant.

• The group is in the process of working in partnership with the Youth Hub to plan and deliver an Alternative Recruitment Event.

Motiv8 Mentoring Support

Through partnership with Havant’s Youth Hub, Motiv8 is providing invaluable 1-2-1 mentoring support to young people accessing the hub’s employment service. Their work is helping to address and reduce challenges young people face in relation to their health, the environment they are in and society. This critical intervention helps young people address issues impacting on their ability to access employment, education or training.

College Transition Mentoring

Working in partnership with Havant & South Downs College and Park Community School – a key secondary school in Leigh Park – we are working to identify a group of Year 11 students transitioning to college that will benefit from being included in a supportive mentoring programme.

A pilot programme, the partnership will provide valuable insight for future programmes whilst also supporting young people making this important transition.

The expectation is the programme will roll out to additionally support Year 10/11 students as they move forward into their GCSE examination year.