The Future 4 Me Project
Future 4 Me (F4M) developed and delivered a best practice, nationally acclaimed model for engaging young people leaving care and custody. It specifically targeted those most disengaged and mistrusting of services, at risk of homelessness, social exclusion, exploitation, deteriorating mental health and offending.
Future 4 Me was funded by the National Community Lottery Fund (formerly the Big Lottery Fund) and delivered in the West of England by 1625 Independent People, working alongside a wide range of partners and stakeholders. The project comprised two phases delivered over a 7 year period from March 2012 to December 2019. The focus of the second phase, in addition to continuing the highly successful direct work, was to develop a national resource to share learning from the project.
Iterative evaluation was a key part of the project and, across the 7 years, the external evaluation by the University of Gloucestershire found the same core aspects of Future 4 Me were highlighted by young people as what they found most valuable:
- Positive and trusting relationships with young people who have often lacked healthy relationships in their life
- Practical support
- Positive activities