Sova support young people caught up in the criminal justice system or at risk of offending with the end goal of helping them find sustainable work or education that they enjoy.

Sova provide holistic and tailored support to, NEET (Not in Education Training or Employment) young people (15-29 year olds) with the aim of progressing them into training, education and ultimately sustainable employment.  Our workers are embedded in Birmingham Youth Offender Services (YOS) and West Midlands Police Offender Management Teams.

 We support with a range of intervention to help someone on their journey into employment building on confidence, motivation and resilience. We also help people address some of the areas in their lives that may have been stumbling blocks previously such as dealing with housing issues, debt, literacy skills and learning how to disclose offences. The Sova Intervention workers are with the participants every step of the way from creating a personal action plan to helping them get over interview nerves to going with someone on their first day of work or college.

 The Sova Youth Promise Plus ‘Risk of Offending’ programme is part of a much wider project. Birmingham and Solihull Youth Promise Plus (YPP) is a flagship project funded under the European Commission ESIF programme (European Social Fund) and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) arrangements.  The project is overseen and endorsed by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP). The Council is acting as lead accountable body for the project.

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