Since we were established in 2007 TwentyTwenty has transformed the lives of thousands of young people across Leicester City, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Rutland. We have supported young people who face massive challenges and barriers due to mental health issues, chaotic family backgrounds, time spent in the care system, a poor school history, or unrecognised learning difficulties. In recent years through our Engage and Journey2Work programmes, along with solutions focused coaching, we have seen the majority of our young people progress into further education, training or sustainable employment, giving them a brighter future, they may not have otherwise had. Since 2013, nearly 1300 young people have benefitted from our employability programmes.
However due to changes in the external environment, in January 2020 we made the difficult decision to close our Lifeskills Centres in Leicester and Derby where our employability programmes were delivered. We took the decision to invest exclusively in our grass roots community Love4Life programme, which since 2008 has grown to help empower up to 600 vulnerable girls every year, many of whom are at risk of exploitation and exclusion from school, to build confidence and make positive choices in their health, education and relationships.
Love4Life began in response to a growing concern for the well- being and self-esteem of girls from an estate in Loughborough. Since then the service has expanded across more areas of deprivation in Charnwood, followed by Leicester and Derby cities.
"This Love4Life workshop made me feel so good about myself now. It gave lots of advice and help.
The staff were such caring people that are so understanding."
Girl after a Workshop