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Action Media Training

Action Media is a young person led production company who will be making a documentary about young people’s journey into education, employment or training.

During COVID-19 Action Media are unable to meet face to face so all training will be done online via our Instagram page @actionmedia_

We set weekly online challenges through video focusing on techniques such as:

  • Camera work
  • Designing logos
  • Storyboarding
  • Sound recording
  • Branding
  • Planning videos
  • Interviewing

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Social Media Challenges

Over the last few weeks as the COVID-19 situation worsens and the UK has been called into lockdown. We have been trying to think of ways to engage young people to stop isolation and prevent boredom. We are passionate about helping young people learn new skills and create community.

So we have been releasing daily challenges on our Instagram page @startingpointreading. So if you are a young person aged 11-25 and want to engage with us follow us on Instagram.

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Important Update

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and following advice from the government, Starting Point will be looking a little different for the foreseeable future. As a staff team we will be working from home from now on.

Please keep up to date with all we are doing via our social media platforms and our website. And do keep supporting what we are doing. We may no longer be able to meet young people face to face but there is still a huge need for vulnerable young people and as a staff team we will not be stopping. Let us know if you can help or support us during this time.

YOUNG PEOPLE & MENTORS – The majority of our updates will be via our instagram page @startingpointreading so do give that a follow. From monday we will be posting daily challenges and interactions so keep your eyes peeled over on instagram soon.

Join the Team

We are recruiting for a PROGRAMME MANAGER. The main purpose of the role is to manage, deliver and develop Starting Point’s two mentoring programmes in accordance with the project’s values and objectives and within The Mustard Tree’s ethos and vision. This is a full-time position of 37.50 hrs per week, which includes some out of office and evening work. 

For more info and to apply click here: https://charityjob.co.uk/jobs?keywords=programme+management&location=reading&radius=20&minsalary=19000&jobId=695739

Thank You McDonalds!

We are passionate about thanking those who support Starting Point.

Thank you to McDonalds who have helped support our work at Starting Point by providing work experience opportunities for multiple young people, allowing them to gain the experience they need to enter into work. Daniel, one of our young people has been working at McDonalds for 6 months you can watch his story here.

To see how your business can support us please click below.

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Introducing… Aspire Mentoring

Aspire Mentoring supports young people aged 15-25 throughout their journey of attaining, sustaining and thriving within education, employment and training. We do this through carefully matching a young person to a mentor who acts as a consistent role model, tailoring the support to each individuals unique needs and aspirations.

Our mentoring has a relational and holistic approach focusing on practical support, such as CV writing or interview skills, and social-emotional support, such as building confidence and self-esteem.

It follows a Traffic Light Journey which ensures that young people are supported not only into, but also within education, employment and training to find out more and to get involved click here.

Introducing… Advance Mentoring

Advance Mentoring is one-to-one mentoring for young people aged 11-19, who are most at risk of exclusion and/or are likely to become NEET upon leaving education.

We ran a successful pilot with 4 schools and colleges mentoring those ‘most at risk’ of becoming NEET. 75% of young people left school/college with a positive destination in place, with the remaining 25% choosing to continue mentoring post education where they are now being supported to take steps into employment.

We are so excited to properly launch advance mentoring, to find out more and to get involved click here.

Thank you to The FSP Foundation

// THANK YOU TO THE FSP FOUNDATION //

We are passionate about thanking those who support Starting Point.

Thank you to The FSP Foundation – a separate grant making charitable foundation set up by Field Seymour Parkes LLP (FSP), a full service legal practice that provide pragmatic solution driven advice for both business and personal affairs. As part of their commitment to CSR, FSP have set up The FSP Foundation with the aim of benefitting and serving local registered charities in the Thames Valley area. The FSP Foundation has sponsored one of our young people for this year as they journey into education, employment or training. This has already provided the young person with a mentor and a mock interview demonstrating FSP’s commitment to making real difference to local’s lives.