Number of unemployed young Wintonians doubles since start of recession

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THE number of young people unemployed in Winchester has almost doubled since the start of the recession, a new survey reveals.

The Prince’s Trust, which works to tackle youth unemployment, published its annual Youth Index last week (Jan 2).

It said the number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work in July 2008 was 1,100, compared to 2,100 in July 2013 – an increase of about 91 per cent.

The trust also said that 16 per cent of young people across the South East had experienced mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts or panic attacks, as a direct result of unemployment.

One in five of those surveyed said they felt like an ‘outcast’.

Last year the charity worked with 3,871 disadvantaged young people across the South East and staff say they have seen a 188 per cent increase in the number of young people claiming benefits for more than six months since the beginning of the recession.

Hampshire County Councillor Alan Dowden is the Liberal Democrats spokesman on adult social care. He said: “We have serious financial constraints but I do believe sometimes we can find money for wars quite readily, and we dish money out all over the world, but charity starts at home and we should be looking after our own youngsters.

“They’re the lost generation. Most unemployed adults have experienced work and have had some training, of whatever kind. But these young people who have not experienced it could get trapped in a cycle.”

Chief executive of Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau, Jenny Meadows, said she was surprised at the drastic increase.

“When young people come to us it’s generally about consumer-type issues, such as mobile phone contracts, but we have got quite a few other unemployed people who get tied up in payday loans. When they get to the stage when they cannot pay them back, then what do they do?”

“In Winchester the number of young people coming into the bureau who are in difficulty because they’re unemployed has been quite steady,” she said.

But Dermot Finch, southern regional director of The Prince’s Trust, said in the South East there are 7,360 young people facing long-term unemployment and that many of those slip under the radar.

“Our research highlights that unemployed young people are significantly less likely to ask for help if they are struggling to cope. Our message to them is this: there are organisations out there that can help you. At The Prince’s Trust, we provide vulnerable young people with sustained support, through both our long-term personal development programmes and our work within schools across the capital. If you are struggling to get back into work, education or training, you are not alone and you need not struggle alone,” he said.

For more information about The Prince’s Trust visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/youthindex or follow The Trust on Facebook or Twitter www.facebook.com/princes-trust / www.twitter.com/princestrust

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12:39pm Mon 6 Jan 14

KayB80 says...

Apparently unemployment is going down under the coalition. Yeah right I'll believe it when I see it.
Apparently unemployment is going down under the coalition. Yeah right I'll believe it when I see it. KayB80
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1:02pm Mon 6 Jan 14

spmiller59@gmail.com says...

Children leave school too early without everyday life skills.
Too be able to work and live with the world there are a thousand more words than the three R's. Computers offer knowledge and work but you can't eat them, they go down if not powered up, and you get lazy spending more time wasting than you could think possible.
Foot, hand and head work is vital for health, wealth and happiness.
From the age of 8 and up they should be taught about volunteering, care giving, cooking, growing food to eat, keeping a house, learning how to drive, first aid, walking their neighbourhood and county, national trust volunteer, clean an oven, budget their money, clean a car, where their water comes from, how a long it takes for a tomato to grow, keep a diary,
collect something, paint a wall of a house etc.
I see boredom in the eyes of the unemployed and that is lack of education.
So many are complacent and live for the potato couch, football and the pub, hanging on parents apron strings and have no idea about the reality of knowing or being themselves. It takes a determination to change and direct yourself to be better.
Immigration of other varieties of people from around the world is not understood, but if you look in the eyes of those driven to find a better life, why do they come to the UK? What do they see that our young unemployed don't? LAND, Farming, hard work, discipline of the never ending moan about the weather. .
My sister works with care givers, in Hampshire she is always short of staff. The amount of people that need help, or could offer accommodation for a weeks work in the home are in their thousands. This could be incorporated around the country.
Framers need help, they are never given enough young people to learn that tough life,
Retail needs help, a lunch time break, a tidy up of clothes, a delivery, a window cleaned, a tidy up of the front of the shop, a sort out of old stock.
Maybe its time unemployed where expected to volunteer to learn skills to encourage growth of the brain to develop positive energy.
A 8 hour week day that involves councils around the county organising SOMETHING from NOTHING towards changing the NOTHING into SOMETHING.
Children leave school too early without everyday life skills. Too be able to work and live with the world there are a thousand more words than the three R's. Computers offer knowledge and work but you can't eat them, they go down if not powered up, and you get lazy spending more time wasting than you could think possible. Foot, hand and head work is vital for health, wealth and happiness. From the age of 8 and up they should be taught about volunteering, care giving, cooking, growing food to eat, keeping a house, learning how to drive, first aid, walking their neighbourhood and county, national trust volunteer, clean an oven, budget their money, clean a car, where their water comes from, how a long it takes for a tomato to grow, keep a diary, collect something, paint a wall of a house etc. I see boredom in the eyes of the unemployed and that is lack of education. So many are complacent and live for the potato couch, football and the pub, hanging on parents apron strings and have no idea about the reality of knowing or being themselves. It takes a determination to change and direct yourself to be better. Immigration of other varieties of people from around the world is not understood, but if you look in the eyes of those driven to find a better life, why do they come to the UK? What do they see that our young unemployed don't? LAND, Farming, hard work, discipline of the never ending moan about the weather. . My sister works with care givers, in Hampshire she is always short of staff. The amount of people that need help, or could offer accommodation for a weeks work in the home are in their thousands. This could be incorporated around the country. Framers need help, they are never given enough young people to learn that tough life, Retail needs help, a lunch time break, a tidy up of clothes, a delivery, a window cleaned, a tidy up of the front of the shop, a sort out of old stock. Maybe its time unemployed where expected to volunteer to learn skills to encourage growth of the brain to develop positive energy. A 8 hour week day that involves councils around the county organising SOMETHING from NOTHING towards changing the NOTHING into SOMETHING. spmiller59@gmail.com
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10:22pm Mon 6 Jan 14

winchres says...

spmiller59@gmail.com wrote:
Children leave school too early without everyday life skills.
Too be able to work and live with the world there are a thousand more words than the three R's. Computers offer knowledge and work but you can't eat them, they go down if not powered up, and you get lazy spending more time wasting than you could think possible.
Foot, hand and head work is vital for health, wealth and happiness.
From the age of 8 and up they should be taught about volunteering, care giving, cooking, growing food to eat, keeping a house, learning how to drive, first aid, walking their neighbourhood and county, national trust volunteer, clean an oven, budget their money, clean a car, where their water comes from, how a long it takes for a tomato to grow, keep a diary,
collect something, paint a wall of a house etc.
I see boredom in the eyes of the unemployed and that is lack of education.
So many are complacent and live for the potato couch, football and the pub, hanging on parents apron strings and have no idea about the reality of knowing or being themselves. It takes a determination to change and direct yourself to be better.
Immigration of other varieties of people from around the world is not understood, but if you look in the eyes of those driven to find a better life, why do they come to the UK? What do they see that our young unemployed don't? LAND, Farming, hard work, discipline of the never ending moan about the weather. .
My sister works with care givers, in Hampshire she is always short of staff. The amount of people that need help, or could offer accommodation for a weeks work in the home are in their thousands. This could be incorporated around the country.
Framers need help, they are never given enough young people to learn that tough life,
Retail needs help, a lunch time break, a tidy up of clothes, a delivery, a window cleaned, a tidy up of the front of the shop, a sort out of old stock.
Maybe its time unemployed where expected to volunteer to learn skills to encourage growth of the brain to develop positive energy.
A 8 hour week day that involves councils around the county organising SOMETHING from NOTHING towards changing the NOTHING into SOMETHING.
Yes, but the weather is pretty awful!
[quote][p][bold]spmiller59@gmail.com[/bold] wrote: Children leave school too early without everyday life skills. Too be able to work and live with the world there are a thousand more words than the three R's. Computers offer knowledge and work but you can't eat them, they go down if not powered up, and you get lazy spending more time wasting than you could think possible. Foot, hand and head work is vital for health, wealth and happiness. From the age of 8 and up they should be taught about volunteering, care giving, cooking, growing food to eat, keeping a house, learning how to drive, first aid, walking their neighbourhood and county, national trust volunteer, clean an oven, budget their money, clean a car, where their water comes from, how a long it takes for a tomato to grow, keep a diary, collect something, paint a wall of a house etc. I see boredom in the eyes of the unemployed and that is lack of education. So many are complacent and live for the potato couch, football and the pub, hanging on parents apron strings and have no idea about the reality of knowing or being themselves. It takes a determination to change and direct yourself to be better. Immigration of other varieties of people from around the world is not understood, but if you look in the eyes of those driven to find a better life, why do they come to the UK? What do they see that our young unemployed don't? LAND, Farming, hard work, discipline of the never ending moan about the weather. . My sister works with care givers, in Hampshire she is always short of staff. The amount of people that need help, or could offer accommodation for a weeks work in the home are in their thousands. This could be incorporated around the country. Framers need help, they are never given enough young people to learn that tough life, Retail needs help, a lunch time break, a tidy up of clothes, a delivery, a window cleaned, a tidy up of the front of the shop, a sort out of old stock. Maybe its time unemployed where expected to volunteer to learn skills to encourage growth of the brain to develop positive energy. A 8 hour week day that involves councils around the county organising SOMETHING from NOTHING towards changing the NOTHING into SOMETHING.[/p][/quote]Yes, but the weather is pretty awful! winchres
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