Published 14th October 2021

Kickstarters make a great start

We are very proud to be part of the Government’s Kickstarters Scheme.

The aim of the scheme is to create a number of new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements are aimed at supporting the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find permanent work after completing the scheme.

We at Community Organisers, alongside some of our Social Action Hubs are involved in the scheme. Since May we have recruited and placed 15 people on to the Scheme – with two more Hubs hoping to recruit this month!

See the exact numbers and organisations involved below:



Number of Kickstarters

Starting Point 4
Centre4 3
Community Organisers 3
One Stonegrove 2
LMC Cornerstone 2
Community Roots 1

Most of the Kickstarters will be Trainee Community Organisers with those starting the scheme before September now undertaking the Award in Community Organising, with a second course coming up in November.

“The Kickstarter programme is such a great thing. If anyone else is free and available it’s such a great opportunity. It boosts your confidence, helps you to meet people and you learn something new every day.” – Li Li

Those already in place are already making an impact, listening in their communities, planning community events and setting up listening cafes.

“I’m really proud as I have already started a listening café, bringing neighbours together with free cakes and coffee. I’ve learnt how to actively listen and hear people’s voices more.” – Jordan

It has now been confirmed that the Scheme will be extended until the 31st of March 2022 – which is great news as we look forward to supporting the Hubs involved and participants over the coming months.

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