CXK Celebrates its Impact

Friday 16th March 2018

On Wednesday 14th March, CXK held an event to launch its recently published Impact Report, celebrating the positive impact of the charity’s services on more than 50,000 adults and young people across the south-east in the past year. The event was attended by over 60 stakeholders and representatives from local organisations.

At the event, guests heard from some of the staff and beneficiaries of the charity’s career management, training and development, and targeted support programmes, who recounted the impact CXK had made on their lives over the past year.

The charity celebrated the impact of its support programmes targeted at 16-25 year olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Through schemes such as its Prince’s Trust Team and Talent Match programmes, CXK worked with almost 1,700 NEET young people in the past year, the majority of whom were disadvantaged and furthest from the job market; with a high proportion going on to secure a job, or an education or training opportunity.

The charity also celebrated its extensive work with adults. Guests learned that in 2017, CXK supported 23,500 adults across Kent, East Sussex and Essex with careers information, advice and guidance through its National Careers Service provision, with 10,000 going on to secure a job, training or education opportunity. CXK’s extensive work in prisons saw the charity deliver 9,000 interventions to those in custody, and collaborate with its network of employer partners to deliver 18 prison-based employment fairs, with 174 job offers generated as a result.

Other highlights of the 2017-18 report included:

  • Counselling was given to more than 1,000 young people through the charity’s Emotional Wellbeing Service, which it delivers in schools across Kent.
  • The charity worked with schools and colleges across Kent, delivering careers guidance services to more than 20,000 students.
  • Through CXK’s National Citizen Service programme, a programme aimed at improving the work-readiness and life skills of 15-17 year olds; 103,440 volunteering hours and tens of thousands of pounds were donated to local charities by the 3,448 young people that took part last year.

Pauline Smith, CEO at CXK, appealed to local organisations to support the charity’s efforts; “Celebrating the impact of our work and highlighting the successful achievements of so many is key to us changing perceptions and opening up more positive opportunities for young people and adults in the months and years ahead.

“We cannot do this on our own so I also want to make a further plea to organisations represented here this evening that we want to continue working with you to increase the opportunities we can provide though initiatives such as mentoring, work placements and employment – working together we can really make great strides in increasing opportunities and changing lives.”