TwentyTwenty has transformed the lives of thousands of young people across Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Rutland. We have supported young people who face massive challenges and barriers due to mental health issues, chaotic family backgrounds, time spent in the care system, a poor school history, or unrecognised learning difficulties. Through our Engage and Journey2Work programmes, along with solutions focused coaching, we have seen the majority of our young people progress into further education, training or sustainable employment, giving them a brighter future, they may not have otherwise had.

Unfortunately, TwentyTwenty has not been immune to the challenging external environment of lack of available funding and increased competition from other providers. Therefore, and after months of investigating alternative options, we have made the difficult decision to close our Lifeskills Centres where our employability programmes are delivered. We are indebted to our staff and all their efforts to change young people’s lives. Since 2013, nearly 1300 young people have benefitted from our employability programmes. We are working hard to support the young people currently in our Lifeskills Centres to access alternative courses and support.  

The decision has been taken to continue our Love4Life (L4L) programme, which since 2005 has grown to help empower around 500 girls every year to build confidence and make positive choices in their health education and relationships. L4L originally began in response to a growing need to support girls who were struggling with a multitude of challenging life circumstances. We help girls to develop healthy self-esteem, value themselves and build positive relationships. We currently work with a number of schools across the region, providing 121 pastoral support, lunch clubs, after school sessions and events in the community. We can evidence that 93% of participants from 2018/19 were considered disadvantaged, 87% of girls reported greater self-esteem due to attending our L4L groups and we had 98% attendance across all groups and all schools. TwentyTwenty is returning to its roots so we can sustainably continue to do this amazing work with these existing groups, with ambitions to open these sessions to boys.

This is an end of an era for TwentyTwenty and we would like to thank all of our supporters, funders and friends who have been with us on this journey at our LifeSkills Centres. We would also like to thank all of the young people we have supported through Engage and Journey2Work, who have shown incredible determination in the face of adversity - you are truly inspiring,  please carry on doing great things!

This is also a new chapter for TwentyTwenty as we focus on expanding our Love4Life programme into other schools and geographic areas. If you would like to hear more about Love4Life and support us to develop this work please contact Aimi McCaffery on 07957 506507 [email protected] or Dave Hearn on 07599 811877 [email protected]