The Time is Now

The budget unveiled by the Conservatives this week revealed that they were scrapping the maintenance grants for lower-income students, but allowing universities to increase their fees beyond £9,000.  This is in spite of some students already resorting to extreme measures to stay financially afloat. Rather than effecting their pockets, the constant pressure put on students … Continue reading The Time is Now

Being unemployed makes young people feel useless

Annoyed.  Frustrated.  Tired.  Stressed.  Confused.  Depressed.  And most of all, useless.  These are terms some young people have used to describe their feelings of being unemployed.  One young person added, "There isn't much you can do without a constant income", while another went further to say, "It felt like I couldn't do anything". In this … Continue reading Being unemployed makes young people feel useless

Are young people worse off today than previous generations?

As I spent time speaking about the sick condition of this world with my granddad and how the young people of the world were caught up in it, I started to think about whether the youth of today are worse off than previous generations. The response to this would never be straightforward, because of the … Continue reading Are young people worse off today than previous generations?

Why cutting benefits is not the solution for youth unemployment

Although reported youth unemployment figures have decreased over the past two years, it is a recurring problem that needs to be effectively addressed.  The Conservatives are continuously making cuts, that not only affect young people but also wider society, and they now want to cut benefits for unemployed 18 to 21-year-olds. These cuts could have … Continue reading Why cutting benefits is not the solution for youth unemployment

Creative Futures Programme Day 13: Debates

After being away for a week, I finally returned to the LNK unit for the Creative Futures Programme, where we discussing the debate element of 'Positive Summer Vibes'.  We were joined by Daniel Harran and the 'SONS' from online community radio station, EDGE fm. We knew that a number of debate segments would be a … Continue reading Creative Futures Programme Day 13: Debates

Creative Futures Programme Day 8: Business Planning

Our live music event has the real possibility of becoming a fully fledged business venture, which made a session on business panning with Alison Surtees very appropriate. This was our second time with Alison, after first meeting her on Day 5 when we learnt about event planning. We were given an insight into the difference … Continue reading Creative Futures Programme Day 8: Business Planning

Unemployment: Not Being Given a Chance

As young people struggle in their search to find a job, they find themselves hitting a particular wall over and over again, which knocks them down.  This wall is the potential employers who will not give them a chance. Speaking to a company yesterday who have a strong emphasis on youth employment, I gathered that … Continue reading Unemployment: Not Being Given a Chance