33% rise in number of young people in Bournemouth claiming benefits for more than six months

Bournemouth Echo: BLOW: Report reveals how unemployment can cause depression BLOW: Report reveals how unemployment can cause depression

ALMOST one in five young people from the South West has experienced mental health issues as a direct result of unemployment, warns a new report.

Bournemouth has seen a 33 per cent increase in the number of young people claiming benefits for more than six months since the beginning of the recession.

Nationally, the report found that young people who are long-term unemployed are more than twice as likely as their peers to believe they have nothing to live for.

Dermot Finch, regional director of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Here in Bournemouth 1,600 young people are facing long-term unemployment and there is a real danger that these young people will become hopeless, as well as jobless.

“Our research highlights that unemployed young people are significantly less likely to ask for help if they are struggling to cope. Our message to them is this: there are organisations out there that can help you.

“At The Prince’s Trust, we provide vulnerable young people with sustained support, through both our long-term personal development programmes and our work within schools across the capital.

“If you are struggling to get back into work, education or training, you need not struggle alone.”

The Prince’s Trust, which tackles youth unemployment in every region and country of the UK, last year worked with 110 disadvantaged young people across the area.

The youth charity is now calling for urgent support from health agencies and employers to fund its vital work with long-term unemployed young people battling mental health issues.

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health, said: “This research proves that unemployment is a public health issue – and one that must be tackled urgently.

“Unemployed young people are worse off in every aspect of their lives, from their mental health to their relationships and their qualifications.

“We must act fast or risk hundreds of thousands of wasted young lives across the UK.”

The Prince’s Trust is increasing support for the UK’s most vulnerable young people through its long term personal development programmes such as the Team and Fairbridge programmes, and its shorter Get Started programme, which aims to engage the long-term unemp-loyed.

For more information about The Prince’s Trust visit princes-trust.org.uk/youthindex

Programme 'changed my life'

ALREADY enduring a difficult home life compounded by autism and dyslexia, Nat Hawley found himself penniless after his father left home.

His mother suffered a breakdown, which added further pressure to Nat’s life.

His GCSEs were looming when Nat came close to leaving education to look after his mum.

“I was afraid to leave the house because I had to look after my mum,” explains Nat, pictured right.

“I used to get really bad anxiety when I went out and I was always worried about things like paying the bills or getting enough food to eat.”

With no brothers or sisters, Nat felt like he was trying to cope on his own.

“I didn’t really have anyone to talk to about my situation and I was really depressed for a long time.”

However, Nat’s life started to change when he heard about the Fairbridge programme, a Prince’s Trust personal development course that helps vulnerable young people get their lives on track.

The scheme introduced Nat to a diverse range of activities and he gained accreditations in climbing, yachting and other notable skills.

“I was sceptical about the course at first,” says Nat.

“But it changed me completely. I identified with the other members and because of the activities we learnt to trust and support each other.”

Follow-on programmes in cooking and food hygiene proved invaluable for Nat.

They enabled him to properly care for himself and his mum while she recuperated at home.

Nat is now in his third year at university and is achieving things he never thought possible.

He says: “My life has changed completely because of The Prince’s Trust and I’ll always be grateful for the support they gave me.”

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10:07am Wed 1 Jan 14

arthur1948 says...

Welcome to caring coalition Britain.....
Welcome to caring coalition Britain..... arthur1948

10:29am Wed 1 Jan 14

Jetwasher says...

If they stopped doing the micky mouse courses they offer at the collage then maybe more young people would have a job and a future. Most young people expect to earn 30k in the first year, skilled or unskilled. I think a lot of them are just dreamers and workshy from a x factor generation.
If they stopped doing the micky mouse courses they offer at the collage then maybe more young people would have a job and a future. Most young people expect to earn 30k in the first year, skilled or unskilled. I think a lot of them are just dreamers and workshy from a x factor generation. Jetwasher

10:48am Wed 1 Jan 14

Reader Echo says...

Just when the politicians are telling us it is getting better on the run up to the elections.

I remember reading some years ago that whilst the Thatcher/Major government were in power they changed the way they calculated the unemployment figure thirty eight (yes 38) times. It was around three million or so around the start of the eighties.

Therefore, since all of the others like Blair/Brown have been doing the same, what would the unemployment figure based on a 1980 calculation be today? Maybe around 10 million I would guess.
Just when the politicians are telling us it is getting better on the run up to the elections. I remember reading some years ago that whilst the Thatcher/Major government were in power they changed the way they calculated the unemployment figure thirty eight (yes 38) times. It was around three million or so around the start of the eighties. Therefore, since all of the others like Blair/Brown have been doing the same, what would the unemployment figure based on a 1980 calculation be today? Maybe around 10 million I would guess. Reader Echo

10:49am Wed 1 Jan 14

LeeThorne says...

Was on JSA for 6 months. Always provided outstanding evidence i was looking for work. My advisor turned to me after 6 months and said because i have not been successful in landing a job i now have to consider doing 40 hours work for my benefits which would equivilate to £1.41 ph wage, surely that can't be right? Yet alongside that there was the 20+ hours of job searching a week to go with it. My JSA was terminated. I was left with no income and no support. Depression quickly sunk in. finding a job is not easy. Especially one that will set you for life. Im now on 0 hour contract and i did 2 and half hours work in December.
Was on JSA for 6 months. Always provided outstanding evidence i was looking for work. My advisor turned to me after 6 months and said because i have not been successful in landing a job i now have to consider doing 40 hours work for my benefits which would equivilate to £1.41 ph wage, surely that can't be right? Yet alongside that there was the 20+ hours of job searching a week to go with it. My JSA was terminated. I was left with no income and no support. Depression quickly sunk in. finding a job is not easy. Especially one that will set you for life. Im now on 0 hour contract and i did 2 and half hours work in December. LeeThorne

10:59am Wed 1 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

I was employed as an electrician,when a contract ended,i was out of work,so dug roads,did waitng, in local hotel,deliveries,sol
d ice creams,anything rather than be unemployed,but nowadays a lot dont try as long as they get some benefits.
I was employed as an electrician,when a contract ended,i was out of work,so dug roads,did waitng, in local hotel,deliveries,sol d ice creams,anything rather than be unemployed,but nowadays a lot dont try as long as they get some benefits. pete woodley

11:00am Wed 1 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

I think Jetwasher makes a good point but the problem is down to parents and schools failing to prepare young people for the real world.
.
Education has been dumbed down to the extend that youngsters are entering the workplace lacking basic numeracy and literacy skills, University education has been devalued due to high numbers of questionable degrees being awarded resulting in students leaving university with a degree which doesn't match the needs of employers.
.
Entering the world of work is much tougher today than it was when I left full time education 30 odd years ago. The difference is I was brought up to believe that it didn't matter what job you did, as long as you earned your living you could walk with your head held high. Today the stigma of living on benefits has gone and as a country we are dependent on migrant labour to do the jobs which many born in the country believe are beneath them.
I think Jetwasher makes a good point but the problem is down to parents and schools failing to prepare young people for the real world. . Education has been dumbed down to the extend that youngsters are entering the workplace lacking basic numeracy and literacy skills, University education has been devalued due to high numbers of questionable degrees being awarded resulting in students leaving university with a degree which doesn't match the needs of employers. . Entering the world of work is much tougher today than it was when I left full time education 30 odd years ago. The difference is I was brought up to believe that it didn't matter what job you did, as long as you earned your living you could walk with your head held high. Today the stigma of living on benefits has gone and as a country we are dependent on migrant labour to do the jobs which many born in the country believe are beneath them. BmthNewshound

11:08am Wed 1 Jan 14

lemonhead says...

Unfortunately,Bourne
mouth and its surrounding area are renowned for its poor quality of jobs and extremely low wages,i friend of mine took a job in an office in Southampton,doing exactly the same job and overnight had a huge pay increase,i do feel sympathy for the young people of today,as it very hard,and some say they want everything now,all they want is a job with a decent wage,is that not to much to ask,so before peeps slag them off,remember you might be in there situation one day and i'm sure you will want all the help you can get.
Unfortunately,Bourne mouth and its surrounding area are renowned for its poor quality of jobs and extremely low wages,i friend of mine took a job in an office in Southampton,doing exactly the same job and overnight had a huge pay increase,i do feel sympathy for the young people of today,as it very hard,and some say they want everything now,all they want is a job with a decent wage,is that not to much to ask,so before peeps slag them off,remember you might be in there situation one day and i'm sure you will want all the help you can get. lemonhead

11:10am Wed 1 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Mondays story, 'People are living like is the third world' and now this should be sounding the alarm bells in the ivory towers.
Things will only get better when we go back to making more of the things we need ourselves!
Mondays story, 'People are living like is the third world' and now this should be sounding the alarm bells in the ivory towers. Things will only get better when we go back to making more of the things we need ourselves! The-Bleeding-Obvious

11:11am Wed 1 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Goverment's always bring in work program which always fails.IDS has kept it very quiet that 34 million pounds of tax payers money has been wiped out due to the incompatability of IT for Universal Credit.

This is not Welfare reform or trying to get people back to work it robbery and punishment.If someone is trying to find work and it is proven then JobCentre Plus staff should be supporting them and not like the above poster being penalised.

Of course i agree that no one on benefit should be better off than those in work.

Immigration always plays a part.I was under the impression that when immigration commenced it was to fill the gaps especially with a shortage of dentist.I didn't realise that we had a shortage in shop floor work, cleaners, etc.So therefore those young people who do not achieve a higher academic qualifications now compete with those who have migrated to the UK.

And to sum up Welfare reform is costing the tax payer more.Did you get your money back from bailing out the banks.NO !
Goverment's always bring in work program which always fails.IDS has kept it very quiet that 34 million pounds of tax payers money has been wiped out due to the incompatability of IT for Universal Credit. This is not Welfare reform or trying to get people back to work it robbery and punishment.If someone is trying to find work and it is proven then JobCentre Plus staff should be supporting them and not like the above poster being penalised. Of course i agree that no one on benefit should be better off than those in work. Immigration always plays a part.I was under the impression that when immigration commenced it was to fill the gaps especially with a shortage of dentist.I didn't realise that we had a shortage in shop floor work, cleaners, etc.So therefore those young people who do not achieve a higher academic qualifications now compete with those who have migrated to the UK. And to sum up Welfare reform is costing the tax payer more.Did you get your money back from bailing out the banks.NO ! politicaltrainspotter

11:30am Wed 1 Jan 14

sea poole says...

Jetwasher make a good point? That's got to be a first!
Jetwasher make a good point? That's got to be a first! sea poole

11:36am Wed 1 Jan 14

High Treason says...

There used to be 5 year apprenticeships until the unions demanded more and more money for trainees, ignoring the fact that they often cost money to employ due to waste of materials and being non productive. Now it is a course for 6 months and they become electricians, plumbers, carpenters etc. Looks good on paper but in the real world most haven't a clue.
There used to be 5 year apprenticeships until the unions demanded more and more money for trainees, ignoring the fact that they often cost money to employ due to waste of materials and being non productive. Now it is a course for 6 months and they become electricians, plumbers, carpenters etc. Looks good on paper but in the real world most haven't a clue. High Treason

9:05pm Wed 1 Jan 14

GeorgeW64 says...

The Poles have taken all the jobs for less wages what do you expect ?
The Poles have taken all the jobs for less wages what do you expect ? GeorgeW64

12:38am Thu 2 Jan 14

keith milton says...

you think its bad now,you just wait,

you have no clue what is coming,and how bad its going to get,

history repeats itself.

all by design.
you think its bad now,you just wait, you have no clue what is coming,and how bad its going to get, history repeats itself. all by design. keith milton

12:41am Thu 2 Jan 14

keith milton says...

the princes trust is a conditioning,brainwa
shing organisation,

steer well clear of it, and stay well clear of common purpose,

both are hitlers youth reborn.
the princes trust is a conditioning,brainwa shing organisation, steer well clear of it, and stay well clear of common purpose, both are hitlers youth reborn. keith milton

1:29am Thu 2 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
I think Jetwasher makes a good point but the problem is down to parents and schools failing to prepare young people for the real world.
.
Education has been dumbed down to the extend that youngsters are entering the workplace lacking basic numeracy and literacy skills, University education has been devalued due to high numbers of questionable degrees being awarded resulting in students leaving university with a degree which doesn't match the needs of employers.
.
Entering the world of work is much tougher today than it was when I left full time education 30 odd years ago. The difference is I was brought up to believe that it didn't matter what job you did, as long as you earned your living you could walk with your head held high. Today the stigma of living on benefits has gone and as a country we are dependent on migrant labour to do the jobs which many born in the country believe are beneath them.
Absolutely, and it is the older generation who are to blame. I despair of the way some of my relatives treat their offspring. chauffering them about and generally doing everything for them.

Sadly we have a generation who are simply unemployable,, with no basic practical skills or even common sense. And to compound it there is the common reply "why should I need to know that ?" As if ignorance is an achievement to be admired.

Their is a reason why so many are unemployed and so many foreign workers have found work here.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: I think Jetwasher makes a good point but the problem is down to parents and schools failing to prepare young people for the real world. . Education has been dumbed down to the extend that youngsters are entering the workplace lacking basic numeracy and literacy skills, University education has been devalued due to high numbers of questionable degrees being awarded resulting in students leaving university with a degree which doesn't match the needs of employers. . Entering the world of work is much tougher today than it was when I left full time education 30 odd years ago. The difference is I was brought up to believe that it didn't matter what job you did, as long as you earned your living you could walk with your head held high. Today the stigma of living on benefits has gone and as a country we are dependent on migrant labour to do the jobs which many born in the country believe are beneath them.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, and it is the older generation who are to blame. I despair of the way some of my relatives treat their offspring. chauffering them about and generally doing everything for them. Sadly we have a generation who are simply unemployable,, with no basic practical skills or even common sense. And to compound it there is the common reply "why should I need to know that ?" As if ignorance is an achievement to be admired. Their is a reason why so many are unemployed and so many foreign workers have found work here. Bob49

8:42am Thu 2 Jan 14

susi.m says...

The last Labour Gov and this Gov putting up the retirement age is only making it worse for young people.
The last Labour Gov and this Gov putting up the retirement age is only making it worse for young people. susi.m

8:46am Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

What was Browns saying some time ago, British jobs for British workers, well he always did speak a load of rubbish.
What was Browns saying some time ago, British jobs for British workers, well he always did speak a load of rubbish. skydriver

9:43am Thu 2 Jan 14

elite50 says...

LeeThorne wrote:
Was on JSA for 6 months. Always provided outstanding evidence i was looking for work. My advisor turned to me after 6 months and said because i have not been successful in landing a job i now have to consider doing 40 hours work for my benefits which would equivilate to £1.41 ph wage, surely that can't be right? Yet alongside that there was the 20+ hours of job searching a week to go with it. My JSA was terminated. I was left with no income and no support. Depression quickly sunk in. finding a job is not easy. Especially one that will set you for life. Im now on 0 hour contract and i did 2 and half hours work in December.
O.K.
You cant find a job in your chosen field.
So why cant you do 40 Hrs. work at minimum wage?
For 6 months you got paid for not working.
You don't NEED a job to "set you for life", you need to earn a living, feed yourself and WORK UP to a career.
Who told you that life was easy?
Hello, any-one home?
[quote][p][bold]LeeThorne[/bold] wrote: Was on JSA for 6 months. Always provided outstanding evidence i was looking for work. My advisor turned to me after 6 months and said because i have not been successful in landing a job i now have to consider doing 40 hours work for my benefits which would equivilate to £1.41 ph wage, surely that can't be right? Yet alongside that there was the 20+ hours of job searching a week to go with it. My JSA was terminated. I was left with no income and no support. Depression quickly sunk in. finding a job is not easy. Especially one that will set you for life. Im now on 0 hour contract and i did 2 and half hours work in December.[/p][/quote]O.K. You cant find a job in your chosen field. So why cant you do 40 Hrs. work at minimum wage? For 6 months you got paid for not working. You don't NEED a job to "set you for life", you need to earn a living, feed yourself and WORK UP to a career. Who told you that life was easy? Hello, any-one home? elite50

12:01pm Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

How come our Eastern Europeen friends can find work but our own can't or should that read will not find work. What is the matter with some people in our society are they just lazy or what.
I'm not kicking those who really can't find work it's the others who can't be bothered that concerns me.
How come our Eastern Europeen friends can find work but our own can't or should that read will not find work. What is the matter with some people in our society are they just lazy or what. I'm not kicking those who really can't find work it's the others who can't be bothered that concerns me. skydriver

12:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

ProudofBoscombe says...

Here come the smug "I managed so why can't you?" posters. We aren't all the same lol It's like Usain Bolt saying "I ran 100m under 10 secs why can't you?"
Here come the smug "I managed so why can't you?" posters. We aren't all the same lol It's like Usain Bolt saying "I ran 100m under 10 secs why can't you?" ProudofBoscombe

1:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

kingstonpaul says...

LeeThorne wrote:
Was on JSA for 6 months. Always provided outstanding evidence i was looking for work. My advisor turned to me after 6 months and said because i have not been successful in landing a job i now have to consider doing 40 hours work for my benefits which would equivilate to £1.41 ph wage, surely that can't be right? Yet alongside that there was the 20+ hours of job searching a week to go with it. My JSA was terminated. I was left with no income and no support. Depression quickly sunk in. finding a job is not easy. Especially one that will set you for life. Im now on 0 hour contract and i did 2 and half hours work in December.
Unlike many on these message boards, you write in a clear and and concise style, articulately expressing your viewpoint. Compared to the semi-literate standards of written English I encounter every day, you seem to have a head start. And I've always contended that anyone who can read, write and do sums should always be able to find a job.
[quote][p][bold]LeeThorne[/bold] wrote: Was on JSA for 6 months. Always provided outstanding evidence i was looking for work. My advisor turned to me after 6 months and said because i have not been successful in landing a job i now have to consider doing 40 hours work for my benefits which would equivilate to £1.41 ph wage, surely that can't be right? Yet alongside that there was the 20+ hours of job searching a week to go with it. My JSA was terminated. I was left with no income and no support. Depression quickly sunk in. finding a job is not easy. Especially one that will set you for life. Im now on 0 hour contract and i did 2 and half hours work in December.[/p][/quote]Unlike many on these message boards, you write in a clear and and concise style, articulately expressing your viewpoint. Compared to the semi-literate standards of written English I encounter every day, you seem to have a head start. And I've always contended that anyone who can read, write and do sums should always be able to find a job. kingstonpaul

2:00pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

Such arrogance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!
Such arrogance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! nosuchluck54

2:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

GeorgeW64 wrote:
The Poles have taken all the jobs for less wages what do you expect ?
The only jobs taken by Poles or any other incomers for that matter be they black, white, or any shade in between ( including British born migrants from other parts of the country) are those that are available.

We all have the option to take these posts but many choose not too then moan and blame the immigrants.

If there were no vacancies there would be no immigration. We need to get of our collective sofas and do whatever work is available even if it pays minimum wage. Something is always better than nothing.

I have been made redundant 3 times in last 15 years and on each occasion opted to temp in factories, shops or whatever was on offer to make sure I had some gainful employment. This covered a period of about 10 months in total and of this I only signed on for 2ish weeks as there was no work at all (well apart from commission only sales roles which I do not count as a viable job)

Again comes back to taking responsibility for your own destiny and not blaming others.
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: The Poles have taken all the jobs for less wages what do you expect ?[/p][/quote]The only jobs taken by Poles or any other incomers for that matter be they black, white, or any shade in between ( including British born migrants from other parts of the country) are those that are available. We all have the option to take these posts but many choose not too then moan and blame the immigrants. If there were no vacancies there would be no immigration. We need to get of our collective sofas and do whatever work is available even if it pays minimum wage. Something is always better than nothing. I have been made redundant 3 times in last 15 years and on each occasion opted to temp in factories, shops or whatever was on offer to make sure I had some gainful employment. This covered a period of about 10 months in total and of this I only signed on for 2ish weeks as there was no work at all (well apart from commission only sales roles which I do not count as a viable job) Again comes back to taking responsibility for your own destiny and not blaming others. glendower2909

6:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Drew_Peacock says...

susi.m wrote:
The last Labour Gov and this Gov putting up the retirement age is only making it worse for young people.
Precisely!!. In recent years, governments of both colours have tried to convince us that the solution to poor performance of the private pensions industry, and the affordability of the state pension is to simply to make people work longer, with the assumption that there will not be any consequences elsewhere in the jobs market. Wrong!. If older people cannot retire, than youngsters will not have jobs. With a few notable exceptions, businesses will not give youngsters a start when they can choose an older experienced person. The debate that we should be having is "how many hours work can a modern economy of a given size support, and at what stage of our lives should we be doing those hours work". I don't believe that western economies can provide full time jobs for everyone between 18 and 67/68 anymore, even with a return to growth the massive advances in technology remove the need for as much human labour as was required in the past. None of our political parties appear to have got to grips with this yet, preferring instead to label anyone who finds themselves unemployed as a "scrounger", to be subjected to harsher and harsher sanctions.
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: The last Labour Gov and this Gov putting up the retirement age is only making it worse for young people.[/p][/quote]Precisely!!. In recent years, governments of both colours have tried to convince us that the solution to poor performance of the private pensions industry, and the affordability of the state pension is to simply to make people work longer, with the assumption that there will not be any consequences elsewhere in the jobs market. Wrong!. If older people cannot retire, than youngsters will not have jobs. With a few notable exceptions, businesses will not give youngsters a start when they can choose an older experienced person. The debate that we should be having is "how many hours work can a modern economy of a given size support, and at what stage of our lives should we be doing those hours work". I don't believe that western economies can provide full time jobs for everyone between 18 and 67/68 anymore, even with a return to growth the massive advances in technology remove the need for as much human labour as was required in the past. None of our political parties appear to have got to grips with this yet, preferring instead to label anyone who finds themselves unemployed as a "scrounger", to be subjected to harsher and harsher sanctions. Drew_Peacock

7:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Boscomite says...

A few years ago I worked for a local company that used a lot of Polish drivers. These drivers were employed by a Polish agency which the company paid to provide a service. This arrangement cost the company a lot less than if they had paid the drivers minimum wage. Being a Polish agency, they did not have to pay the drivers anything like minimum wage, and once their commission was taken out, you can imagine the sort of money they were paying the drivers. Until these loopholes are removed and we're all on a level playing field, these problems will continue to get worse.
A few years ago I worked for a local company that used a lot of Polish drivers. These drivers were employed by a Polish agency which the company paid to provide a service. This arrangement cost the company a lot less than if they had paid the drivers minimum wage. Being a Polish agency, they did not have to pay the drivers anything like minimum wage, and once their commission was taken out, you can imagine the sort of money they were paying the drivers. Until these loopholes are removed and we're all on a level playing field, these problems will continue to get worse. Boscomite

10:18pm Fri 3 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

keith milton wrote:
the princes trust is a conditioning,brainwa

shing organisation,

steer well clear of it, and stay well clear of common purpose,

both are hitlers youth reborn.
It is almost nigh on impossible to steer clear of Common Purpose they have their tentacles in all Goverment Agencies and Political Parties.....

http://outlawjimmy.c
om/tag/bridgend/
[quote][p][bold]keith milton[/bold] wrote: the princes trust is a conditioning,brainwa shing organisation, steer well clear of it, and stay well clear of common purpose, both are hitlers youth reborn.[/p][/quote]It is almost nigh on impossible to steer clear of Common Purpose they have their tentacles in all Goverment Agencies and Political Parties..... http://outlawjimmy.c om/tag/bridgend/ O'Reilly

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