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Here are a just few of the glowing testimonials we have received...
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Hi, in our services to the community and young people we often find ourselves needing to sign post people on to other agencies and organisations. In order to maintain our credibility and offer the best support for our communities we need to be sure that the agencies we sign post people on to are professional, experienced and able to do exactly what they say they can. Our experience of sign posting to 4YPUK is excellent. Many of the young people we come into contact with are often called ‘hard to reach’ but 4YPUK offer these young people the best service possible. They are patient, knowledgeable, and tenacious which is so important when dealing with young people who are conditioned to being let down. The information sent out in the newsletters is relevant, kept up dated and appeals to the widest of tastes. For us it is a wonderful tool to show young people the opportunities – many of them have received the emailed news letter themselves but need their confidence boosting to say it is worth them trying and that they are worthy of a chance.

The advisor who comes to both The Mayfield Centre in Downside and Grove Corner Young People’s drop-ins is reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable. She goes above and beyond in helping young people to achieve their goals. This is not always an easy task as young people are often so very low in confidence that they do not always want to help themselves for fear of further failure.
Sandy Coyle – Community & Young Peoples Services Manager, Dunstable Town Council

Feedback referring to the materials 4YP produce
including our local ‘Webwatch Vacancy List’

Just a quick email to say that I find these emails very useful and are sent on to the students at Queensbury School. We are in the process of setting up a web page for Careers and these opportunities will be posted in here for students and parents to view. I will be advising them that they are in there for them to look at when I receive the information from you. The service is not available at the moment, but the emails are forwarded and copied to Heads of Years at the present time. It also gives me an indication of what is available to students and if I am aware of students who might be interested, I can bring to their attention.
Your services are of great help to us!

JULIA - Careers Officer, Queensbury Upper School

Thank you for your regular updates, I find it really useful to pass on to my residents at Bedfordshire Housing Link Project 17. Please keep up the good work, as you are finding jobs and training opportunities that I am not finding through searches I am performing myself.
Helen Cooper.

Helen Anton - AVP - Professional Development - All Saints Academy, Dunstable

Julie and Dave, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your teams for all your hard work and organisation of the workshops you delivered to our students on the transition/collapsed timetable days. The students were keen to feedback on how the sessions went and stated that they both enjoyed and benefitted from the sessions. I know it was hard work (not to mention a bit hot!!) but thank you very much for your contribution to a very successful week.

I am looking forward to our continued working together next term for the benefit of all our young people.

Liz Kohn - Van Dyke Upper School

The 4YP staff offered the students and staff of Vandyke an exceptional service. The advisers worked closely with school staff, planning the provision and liaising about individuals. They were always responsive to needs and would go the extra mile to support individual students and provide input and guidance at school events. They attended many evening events and helped to deliver Aim Higher days and other activities within the school day. Our work and collaboration enabled us to achieve IIC and has resulted in our students being supported to find positive next steps, whether they left at the end of Yr 11, Yr 13 or midway through a sixth form course. The proactive attitude and level of expertise, constantly updated, meant that staff and students had access to the current situation and opportunities. Students with special needs were given long term support and guidance which enabled them to succeed in school and find suitable progression routes after school. The individual care and attention they received also helped them to cope with wider challenges in their lives. We could not have hoped for better colleagues, who combined efficiency and professionalism with care, humanity and a sense of humour.

Sandra Birnie - Stratton School, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Our focus has been a clear transition for our Alternative Curriculum students after year 11 and Gill has been instrumental in securing this goal for the vast majority. Gill has delivered engaging group sessions on a variety of topics and her clear manner and genuine interest and concern for the students’ welfare underpins her dealings with students. She has been a major asset in our work with these potentially disaffected students…

Chris Winnick, Head of Careers and Work Related, VanDyke Sports College

Dee, Lynne and Julie have provided us with an outstanding guidance service. So many of our students have benefitted from the sort of one to one and group work guidance that can raise aspirations and change lives.

As the first Upper School in Bedfordshire to be awarded the title ‘Investors in Careers’ I can say that our commitment and success in supporting young people with their career and personal life choices has been built around the relationship and support we have had from Dee, Lynne and Julie.

The individual and impartial guidance Dee and her team have offered students has been critical, however their work with us developed through discussion into numerous related projects including our aim Higher day, college visits, assemblies, tutor training, mentoring, apprenticeship group works, attendance and special educational needs. They are up to date, flexible to need and thoroughly professional in all they do.

Mrs Clare Fahy - Sixth Form Administrator

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the presentation you gave to our Year 12 students and their parents last Thursday. It was an informative evening and the feedback was really positive. We are all really grateful for the support you have shown us and hope we can call on your services again in the near future.

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