Get Set end of year event 2016


By: Nicola Seika

It was fantastic to see over 100 young people, mentors and partners at our End of Year event on the 15th of December. Those of our partners in attendance included The Y Leicester (young persons supported accommodation), Falcon Centre (homelessness shelter), Talentmatch, Princes Trust, Richmond Fellowship and Samaritans (mental health support services). A big thank you to all that attended!

The Get Set team regularly see the impact unemployment can have on a young person’s wellbeing and mental health and this event aimed to raise awareness of this in a fun, safe and positive environment, bringing together young people and the adults in their lives to discuss these issues.

Yolanda Mercy mid-show with a little help from the audience

The event was jam-packed and kicked off with ‘On the Edge of Me’; a one woman comedy performance which explored the themes of love, anxiety, unemployment and mental health – and what it’s like to grow up in the 21st Century. It also included a 30 minute Q&A where we discovered the writer and star of the show took inspiration for the play from her own personal experiences of mental health and Dyslexia, friends and the media.

A young person at the event stated: ‘The play was really powerful and had a strong message. It has definitely encouraged me to talk more about the things that bother me and I will now encourage others to talk if they are feeling down.

A mentor stated it highlighted to them ‘that more people have hidden disabilities than I was aware of‘ and another said that it has given them the ‘confidence to reach out to a young person who needs some support.’

Get Setter Jacob Barratt then took the stage to share his own experience of navigating the world of education and work whilst having autism and how the Get set project has supported him:

“After my time on Get Set, me and my mum sat down and looked at all the things I’d accomplished. We both couldn’t believe how far I’d come in just a few months. I went from being holed up in my room, not wanting to talk to anyone to feeling confident to try new things and really get involved in any opportunity that came my way”

The team have really enjoyed watching Jacob grow in confidence to the point where he can now present in front of over 100 people and he is a fantastic youth ambassador for the project and sits on the Get Set young person’s panel, BeYounique.

Our amazing quiz masters- Jacob, Zorain and Kajal!

Jacob then invited other BeYonique members, Zorain Khan and Kajal Kaur to join him on stage and deliver a mythbusting disability quiz which was also devised by the panel. The quiz highlighted some of the statistics around disability and unemployment but also aimed to empower those in the audience by sharing some interesting facts about celebrities (did you know that Jamie Oliver, Florence Welch, Tom Cruise and Richard Branson all have a diagnosis of Dyslexia? )

Through the interactive quiz, we discovered that 86% of the audience had either personally been affected by mental health or has known someone close to them who has. This highlights the importance of being able to openly and safely discuss both mental health and barriers to employment and it was fantastic to see this being echoed in the feedback:

‘People with mental health issues are as capable as anyone else to perform work related tasks. There should be no stigma attached to sharing Mental health problems.’

The Get Set team would like to say a BIG THANK-YOU to all that attended and a specific thanks to Get Setters Jacob, Zorain and Kajal for helping make the event a huge success!

Jess winning a prize in our raffle!





A captive audience

A fantastic end to 2016!







‘Clothes’ from our ‘Positive Pledge Line’ on the day…


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