This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by the Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We are pleased to announce we will be one of eleven outstanding delivery partners working on the new Youth Engagement Programme ‘Yep!’ The programme offers teamwork and collaboration alongside a range of bespoke support for 16–24-year-olds in Cornwall, with the aim of building confidence, resilience, and competence.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and places, supporting local businesses, and people and skills.

The Trust offers comprehensive support in key areas such as trauma-informed practice, employability, financial wellbeing, and housing through tailored interventions. Participants will actively work towards a social action project that aligns with the objectives of the Trust and Project 35, in partnership with Ginsters, applying the skills and knowledge gained throughout a programme that addresses a specific social issue within the local community. This will instil a culture of social responsibility, empowering individuals to make a positive impact on their community’s wellbeing while contributing to long-term social and environmental sustainability. The Trust will offer opportunities for work experience, guest speakers, and mock interviews to help participants gain practical skills that they will keep for life.

Programmes and support we can offer

Seven-week Employability/Sports Leadership Course

Our Employability/Sports Leadership Course runs for seven weeks, with two day sessions per week, aiming to support young people who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET) and looking to gain knowledge and experience working within the sports industry.

Within this course, young people will receive:

  • Accredited Level 1/2 Sports Leadership Qualification
  • Skills First Level 1 Behaviours, Attitude and Attributes within Employment
  • Support with Level 1-2 Functional Skills Maths and English

As well as gaining some great qualifications, the programme will also deliver:

  • Team building sessions
  • An enterprise workshop
  • First aid awareness
  • CV and job application support
  • Volunteering and work experience opportunities in the local community

Young people will be treated to a tour of Home Park Stadium and an extra activity at the end of the programme to celebrate what they have achieved over the seven weeks.

After the course, one-to-one mentoring will be offered to participants who need more support and guidance, such as exploring more employment opportunities.

Our first two cohorts will be in Newquay, starting at the end of February and the beginning of March.


SEND 16-19 Provision

Our Special education needs and disability (SEND) provision runs for seven weeks, with one day-long session per week. This is aimed at supporting young people who are at risk of being NEET and looking to gain knowledge and experience working in the sports industry. This provision will mirror our seven-week Employability/Sports Leadership Course but can be adapted to the needs of each cohort.

Through Yep!, our aim is to provide volunteering and work experience through our diverse network of partners, whilst also supporting the local community. Within the provision, young people will be supported with the organisation of a social impact project within their schools or colleges.

Our first cohort was with Bodmin College Pathways group which started at the end of January 2024.

One-to-one Mentoring

The aim of these sessions is to improve the young person’s physical and mental health whist also gaining a better understanding of healthy lifestyle choices.

These sessions are aimed at young people who would like to increase their self-confidence in social settings.

For more information, view the UK Shared Prosperity Fund prospectus.

YEP! Brochure

Download a PDF version of the Yep! brochure.