About Future Projects
Future Projects is a community based charity located in the West of Norwich; an area marked by significant disadvantage in learning, skills, employment, health and crime indicators. Future Projects is increasingly becoming a driving force for social change in the area and now delivers a wide range of programmes across Norwich and the wider area.
Created in the year 2000 by two community volunteers in response to high levels of anti-social behaviour, Future Projects currently employs c30 full time and part time staff and uses over 200 volunteers to provide programmes and projects which aim to help to overcome social exclusion and enrich people’s lives.
Our approach to delivering services is key to our success and focuses on grassroots community based engagement which enables us to deliver innovative but focused programmes in response to local need. We aim to Engage, Inspire, Educate, and then Support our clients and service users to overcome their barriers and achieve their aspirations, empowering them with the confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to resolve their own needs in the long term.
Our mission is to engage, inspire, educate and support the local and wider community, providing first class services and promoting community development and cohesion.
Our vision is that of a community which has equality of opportunity and the education, skills and confidence to overcome its social or economic disadvantages and contribute fully to society.
The aims of the organisation set out the changes we hope to make:
- To enable those who suffer from social exclusion to overcome their disadvantages
- To improve the lives of those engaged by the charity
- To provide the wider community with access to education, training and development opportunities
- To provide the community with access to facilities for personal development and for the betterment of the community
- To provide the community with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make positive life choices
- To support the vulnerable and those in need to improve their own prospects
We do this by...
- Providing the community with open access to ICT and media resources
- Providing positive, diversionary and educational activities for young people
- Providing a post 16 support, advice, guidance and advocacy service aimed at the hard to reach
- Providing alternative education through our Ofsted registered independent special school to 14-16 year old children who have been unsuccessful in mainstream education as a result of behavioural, emotional or social difficulties and/or special educational needs (BESD & SEN)
- Providing access to volunteering and media training opportunities through community radio (Future Radio 107.8FM) and professional standard music studio facilities
- Working in partnership with mainstream providers, statutory agencies and partners to encourage access to mainstream services
- Providing education and skills development opportunities to disadvantaged or hard to reach people through creative courses and activities
- Delivering targeted youth engagement projects, interventions and diversionary activities
- Providing grass roots, personalised, high quality services which focus on consistency, understanding, and relationships of trust