Starting Blocks goes behind the scenes of the Criminal Justice System

Starting Blocks aims to offer support to care experienced young people in preparing for their next steps. Through the programme there is a range of activity all designed to give these young people an insight into the world of work and to help them gain the skills and experience to help them reach their potential.

When the pandemic struck, all of York Cares’ activity was temporarily suspended and slowly we have been working to get our programmes back up and running (in this case) virtually. Last Thursday evening, thanks to the support of employee-volunteers from 4 organisations, we were able deliver our first virtual Behind the Scenes sessions.

The session was a Behind the Scenes of the Criminal Justice System and young people heard from employee-volunteers in a range of roles with a range of career backgrounds. Hearing from employee-volunteers from a range of organisations gave a broad look at careers within the Criminal Justice System and helped showcase roles that young people may not otherwise have been aware of. The session was also supported by a Student Ambassador from the University of York.

Some of the advice that employee-volunteers gave young people was, ‘take every opportunity you can,’ and ‘don’t be scared to go for what you want to do’. This advice really sums up the messages we hope to share with young people through the programme.

At the end of the session there was a real buzz from both young people and employee-volunteers and it’s made us even more excited for the Starting Blocks activities that we have in the pipeline.

We’re always looking for employers to support the programme and there are a range of ways in which you can do this. For more information, contact georgia.gibbons@york.ac.uk.