Hear first hand from some of the Community partners that we have had the pleasure of working with
Local businesses: “I have been involved with offering work experience for a participant in the lead a bright future course run by Fiona Ogg. This is one of the most worthwhile courses I have been party to during my years As an employer. The change in the young person who came to me from the start of the programme to the end was so inspiring and it is clear to me that an initiative like this is vital to help some youngsters lead a very bright future”. - Jo Lawrence of Jo's Kitchen ……………………………………………….. “Our involvement with Lead a Bright Future (LABF) at Jabberwocky Softplay has been a uniquely positive one. Fiona Ogg (Lead Facilitator) has suggested young people from challenging backgrounds to us who have a desire to work in the hospitality industry, but lack credible experience or references. In turn the Jabberwocky management team have been given an opportunity to introduce these individuals to the work environment in a catering capacity, in particular emphasising the importance of timekeeping, organisation, self-discipline and personal presentation. It is indisputable that the work experience organised by LABF has enhanced the prospects and employability of a group of young people who would otherwise struggle to find a foothold in the workplace. It is my feeling that without the involvement of LABF these individuals would struggle to find the necessary work experience required to enhance their employability. It is my sincere belief that any funding directed towards LABF under the leadership of Fiona Ogg, and Gena McMullan and the team, will undoubtedly be of immense benefit to young people from challenging backgrounds, local businesses that employ and develop these individuals and society as a whole”. – Tom Warren, Jabberwocky ………………………………………………………. Colstoun Cookery School has worked with Lead a Bright Future and Fiona Ogg now for approximately 18 months. During this time we have worked on 2 projects which support the students from Knox Academy. One group were involved in setting up their own business and fund raising which was an enormous success when we supported them as they catered for 60 paying guests to come to Colstoun for an evening meal. The other program has been ongoing and this program delivered a safe and trusting environment for a number of children with specific support requirements. Fiona and her team have worked tirelessly to provide meaningful opportunities in an environment where these children can learn about themselves and others and change their direction in life. This program has provided not only the kids from Knox with a wonderful opportunity but also those of us involved from Colstoun. Fiona and her team are committed to the wellbeing and development of these children and it is evident in everything they do. It has been an honour to work alongside Lead a Bright Future and we hope that our small part we play can continue. It would be our privilege to continue this collaborative and symbiotic relationship. - Lyn Sinclair-Parry, Colstoun Cookery School .................................................................
Local agencies: Lead a Bright Future, social enterprise (L.A.B.F.) has been working with East Lothian Economic Development and Business Gateway since its inception in 2014. As a social enterprise the organisation has received financial and business support in the form of a start-up grant from the council and continues to work closely with the advisor team and the economic development unit. The benefits to the community that the projects designed by L.A.B.F. are clearly demonstrated. The young people involved gain immensely in terms of self-esteem, real life experience, engagement with education and social interaction with their peers and non-teacher adults. The projects allow them to engage with the non-academic world and see a future for them that they did not previously envisage. They gain valuable employment skills, financial management skills, entrepreneurial development, project management skills and above all else self-confidence and a feeling of engagement with broader society. In the long term this will reverse the social impact on families, communities and taxpayers of crime, substance abuse, depression, isolation, unemployment on homelessness. Robbie Broomfield, Business Adviser East Lothian Council, has been actively involved in the Ignite project, offering business support and guidance to the participating young people. He has seen the personal development of the young people involved and can vouch for the dramatic changes and increase in confidence, self-esteem and ability that the young people demonstrated over the 4 month project. He hopes to continue working with L.A.B.F. as the projects develop. If you require any further clarification please do not hesitate to contact me. - Robbie Broomfield, Business Advisor - Business Gateway
I was delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Fiona Ogg from Lead a Bright Future to help deliver her Young Enterprise programme to students at Knox Academy. The students have been a very enthusiastic group who came up with some very original and interesting business plans. Fiona has taken time to understand their business plans and has arranged training sessions and mentors to help the students fulfil their plans. It has become obvious as they have progressed through the programme that they have been able to demonstrate a big increase in their confidence and ability to analyse and overcome any challenges they have faced. This programme has given them a taste of running their own business and I look forward to hearing of their success in years to come. Their hard work has not only helped them in their education but their business ideas have so far, and will continue, to have a positive impact on both the local and wider community. - Keith Crombie, Business Growth Enabler, Scotland, RBS Business Banking
Developing the young workforce (DYW), Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian Regional Group have become familiar with the project work and activities of Lead a Bright Future since our inception in January 2016. We are delighted to continue to support and promote the work of LABF throughout our region of Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. We’ve worked with Fiona back in 2016 to help her establish The Young Entrepreneurs project working with young people at Knox Academy. This project has been beneficial for those pupils taking part where they have developed new skills in enterprise, improved their soft skills in confidence and team working whilst setting up and running their own business. The Young Entrepreneurs project also has the support of a number of local businesses and venues to help facilitate the success of the various enterprises the young people are working on. This support ranges from sponsorship through to provision of spaces for pop-up stalls. The skills the young people gain from this project help prepare them for the future world of work and ultimately make them more employable in the long term. These outcomes clearly align with the objectives of “Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy”, and as such we fully support LABF and are keen to see what new and exciting projects they undertake in 2017. - Jimmy O'Connell, Employer Engagement Manager, Developing the Young Workforce, Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian Regional Group ………………………………………..
Knox Academy has been working in partnership with Lead a Bright Future for well over six months now. The experiences that they facilitate for our youngsters are very much tailored to the individual young person’s need. Whether it is working on building confidence and resilience, or helping to develop entrepreneurial skills, the pupils are given the time and support that they need. The team works closely with the school and other providers to support and challenge the young people to do and be the best that they can be. The ultimate goal for the pupils is to ensure that they are as well-equipped as they can be for life after school. – Sarah Ingham, Head Teacher of Knox Academy
ProjeXts Enterprise from former participants’ parents: “[Participant] has benefited greatly from this programme. During this time he has we believe matured and become much more focused on his academic work and future. Thank you for giving him this opportunity” “[Participant] has been interested in this challenge and has enjoyed working with the others in the group. This has given him a good grounding for his future studies” “This programme has greatly improved [Participant’s] confidence levels. He has become more mature in his outlook on life and has realised the value of money. I think this programme is an excellent idea and am very pleased he was able to take part”