It should come as no surprise to anyone attentive to the media that the outlook for young people residing in the post-industrial Northern heartlands remains rather bleak, and continues to deteriorate. In the 30% most disadvantaged areas of Newcastle, it may appear as though the myriad and complex issues present pose an almost insurmountable challenge. Areas of Newcastle such as Walker, Elswick, Kenton and Scotswood typically suffer from poverty of access, poverty of opportunity and poverty of inclusion. In terms of education, in some areas, as many as 44.5% of residents have no formal qualifications whatsoever – and the removal of the Education Maintenance Allowance makes travel to Newcastle or Gateshead College an unrealistic option. Indeed, it would appear that provision of a dedicated transport system to such educational venues might go some way to remedying this. While there are some locally-based training and employment opportunities, access to these relies … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Francesca Maddison coordinates the Walker SOUP project through Building Futures East – an initiative which aims to develop cross-sector collaboration and local ownership of regeneration in one of Newcastle’s most deprived wards.
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