Are you aged 16 -19?

(Or 16 – 25 if you’re a care leaver or are registered disabled.)

Not currently working, or in education or training?

Do you have a creative streak that you’ve always wanted to develop?

Under the ‘Starting Fresh‘ scheme, you could have access to Orb’s great range of artistic, musical and IT facilities and, at the same time, get support to find a job or get onto a college course.

Orb's music studio

What’s your talent?

Musical?   Orb offers access to a purpose built recording and rehearsal studio, plus DJ mixing facilities.  With the friendly support of Studio Manager Josh, you can build your skills and your confidence.

Artistic? Techie? As well as a dedicated art space, Orb’s IT suite, professional sound and lighting equipment, plus digital film and video cameras give you the chance to explore wider ranges of expression. Orb’s well-established connections with local cultural events such as Feva, offer the chance to showcase your work within the community at large.

Working towards the future.

But this scheme isn’t just about having fun, or even about developing an individual’s talents.  Starting Fresh at Orb is part of a regional and national scheme which provides a background of professional support and encouragement to help young people use their skills to  find a way into employment or onto a college course.

Starting fresh logo

Starting Fresh at Orb is open to 16 -19 year olds who are currently not in employment, education or training.  For those with a learning disability, the age range is extended to 25.  The aim of the project is to answer a very real community need, not only within the Harrogate District, but across North Yorkshire.  Towards the end of 2011 there were over a million young people in England on the NEET register – Not in Employment Education or Training – and 157,000 in Yorkshire and Humberside alone and these numbers are rising rapidly as the recession moves on.  At the same time, traditional sources of support into work or training, such as Connexions, are themselves suffering the restrictions of spending cuts.

Studies of the long-term effect of youth unemployment show that half of the problems of low pay and unemployment in later life (along with all of the resulting  social problems) can be traced back to lack of employment in late teens and early twenties.  By ignoring the problem we are creating a dangerous time bomb.

Starting Fresh at Orb offers young people an original and highly motivating range of skills which can help to shape their future and  re-engage them with their community.

To learn more, speak to Leon.