Stephen Belcher

I must be mad but on the 6th may 2017 at Carsington Water, in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, I intend to cover a marathon distance on foot, bike and canoe whilst raising money for a fantastic local charity.

TwentyTwenty is dedicated to ensuring young people, aged 16-24, who find themselves disadvantaged and disengaged, achieve sustained further education or employment.

According to the latest government statistics, across the East Midlands there are 67000 16-24 year olds officially classed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). This represents 12.2% of the whole population in that age range, and is significantly higher than in the same period for the last two years. On our toughest estates in the region, the average NEET rate is often higher again, between 15% and 25%. And amongst certain priority groups, it’s greater still, e.g. care leavers (25%+), young offenders (45%+), teenage mums (65%+)

Stephen Belcher