The Recurring Problem

Unemployment.   A recurring problem, Showing no sign of going away, No matter what you might hear them say. Youth unemployment figures, Yo-yoing up and down, But not actually telling the full story, Not revealing the full extent of the problem. Young people like hamsters, Running round and round in a wheel, Asking for experience, but … Continue reading The Recurring Problem

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?

We need to find a way to stop the cycle

I am currently reading One Blood: Inside Britain's Gang Culture by John Heale, and it is constantly opening my eyes and helping me to realise why young people are in the state that they are. I've desperately wanted to understand why young people have resorted to violent crime to resolve their problems, or why there … Continue reading We need to find a way to stop the cycle

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