Building Confidence!

Building Confidence!

A group of our leaners went along to a Krav Maga self-defence session.

This provided an opportunity to help develop the ability to stay safe, while having fun at the same time!
Other positives included improving self-confidence and trying something new.Our learners were helped by Brian Armstrong, an instructor in Krav Maga Kapap, along with his team.

confidence 1

They encouraged our learners to have a go, even if it meant stepping out of their comfort zones!

As well as building self-confidence, it also gave the learners a glimpse of how physical fitness can help with an overall sense of wellbeing.
Personal fitness is always an individual’s choice, yet these sessions provided a fun way of exploring the possibilities!

confidence 2

The session took place at No Limits Martial Arts and Fitness, Scarborough.

Krav Maga is a self-defence system, used by professionals and for personal safety, too.
Krav Maga is based on our own instincts and is derived from the Hebrew word “krav” meaning struggle.

Confidence 4

It has origins in the times of the Old Testament. Today’s version was finely tuned during the Second World War.

Thanks to No Limits Martial Arts, dedicated instructors put our learners through their paces!

Confidence 5

Planning a Trip to Hull!

Planning a Trip to Hull!

Our learners planned their own trip to Hull!


For our clients who are making their first tentative steps into the big wide world, there are many aspects of life that we can take for granted.

Reading a train timetable; buying the right ticket; planning a trip; enjoying a social occasion; even ordering a delicious meal!

For our clients, these tasks can often spark anxiety coupled with an overall lack of confidence in social or public situations.

Causes for these challenging emotions include social isolation, a lack of ‘real life’ experience and a reliance upon social media rather than human interaction.

Our work at Futureworks NY is multi-faceted, so one of the best ways to deal with numerous challenges is to host a social excursion to one of the North’s largest cities for a day trip which included a multitude of task that, as adults, we might have to deal with every day.


Railway Travel

If you think about making a railway journey, there are many decisions that need to made.

Deciding the destination; the time of departure and the return trip; the cost of the tickets (and purchasing them); getting to the railway station on time; ensuring you alight at the correct station; finding your reserved seat; and knowing what time the train arrives at the chosen destination.

For our clients, this was, for some, their first railway trip.

Even for experienced railway passengers, travelling by rail can be a challenge if trains are cancelled or are running late.


So, for our day trip to Hull, we boarded a Northern Rail train from Scarborough to Hull. Luckily, for this route, Scarborough is the terminus so it was easy to find the right platform and board the train.

Hull’s Paragon Street station is much larger and with lots more platforms, trains and more.

Our clients had to be sure they knew their return journey time (and plan their day so they could catch the train home); which platform it would depart from; and know what time they would get back to Scarborough so they could get home safely.

As well as printed timetables, there is also the screens at railway stations, showing the latest information.

This element of the day trip encouraged planning, responsibility and helping each other get things right!


Escape Rooms

This popular pastime is on trend!

If you’re not sure what it’s about, participants are given a mission at the escape room venue, usually starting off in a themed room which includes hints and clues as to how to gain your freedom.

It can include codes, locks, and hidden items.

It’s an immersive experience and it relies upon teamwork as well as healthy competition between participants.

The experience can often mean using parts of your brain in a different way, learning how to look at things differently.

You’ll be glad to know our team did indeed ‘escape’!


Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Nando’s

Part of enjoying a day out is having great food to eat!

We’re not talking about a packed lunch here: we wanted our young clients to understand how to make a decision about eating out (affordability); exercising restaurant etiquette (patience; courtesy; turn-taking); and being thankful for the food itself.

Of course, eating out with friends is a great way to bond with each other; to discover more about each other; and generally having fun in a responsible way and without disturbing others.

For our trip to the well-known food chain Nando’s, this also meant finding the location, waiting to be taken to a table, reading the menu and deciding what to eat within budget.

When ordering food, our clients could see how to take turns in ordering and giving their food choices clearly, as well as being polite to the Nando’s staff.


It was then a case of waiting for the meal, enjoying it and yet also being grateful that food is so plentiful in the UK.

Other skills learned included being able to eat food in a polite way, and ask for the bill from staff.

As we needed to check who’d ordered what, it was also a test of memory!

We also enjoyed delicious donuts during the day trip!

While this was just a snack, the rules of food ordering applied: taking turns, making choices and more.

Our learners also enjoyed a tasty snack by having a treat: some Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Again this called upon different skills such as budgeting and food choices.

Of course couldn’t have done this without our dedicated team, including Dave an Gin, who chaperoned, guided and was there as a helping hand in Hull.

With all our trips we encourage our learners to have fun, make friends and be thankful for what they have.

A great day out for everyone!

day out

Skydive Fundraiser Saturday 6th April 2024

Skydive Fundraiser Saturday 6th April 2024

On April 6th, Tom and Sarah Thornton will be  skydiving to raise money for Futureworks NY!

Futureworks NY provides support and guidance for people of all ages as well as volunteer opportunities within the local community.

Futureworks NY was founded in 2012 and provides personalised support and guidance for those looking to improve their lives.

You can donate to Just Giving here!

Our mission is to work within our community, provide support and guidance and encourage all ages to fulfil their potential through engagements, motivation and support.

Our work includes helping school age individuals includingyoung adults aged 15 years upwards; we offer Adult Training and offer qualifications for some of our clients.  We also have our retail space at Furniture Works in St Thomas Street, Scarborough, along with a workshop in the town.

The projects we carry out are varied, ranging from activities to outdoor challenges to furniture restoration.

All donations welcome to help Futureworks NY continue to carry out the amazing work they do with people of all ages throughout our local communities.

Furniture Works Gets A New Look!

Furniture Works Gets A New Look!

Furniture Works, based at 39 St Thomas Street, Scarborough, first opened its doors in 2020 and now features a new look!

The refurbished shop, which is part of the Futureworks NY family, includes extended retail space, additional products for sale and Coffee Works, a donations-only hot drinks area for customers.

Furniture Works

Furniture Works sells pre-owned furniture which has been skilfully restored and upcycled by our clients and mentors.

We would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in getting the shop ready for opening on 11th March 2024.

We founded the shop 4 years ago as we needed a space to show off the creations made by our clients.


Our remit includes teaching and sharing practical skills with our learners.

One of the key areas is the restoration of donated furniture.

Our clients and mentors do an amazing job transforming tired pieces of furniture into something that can find its forever home. So, we not only put our learners’ skills to good use, we also prevent items going to landfill, and provide essential quality furniture at a price people can afford.

Coffee Works is now up and running, helping to raise funds with a minimum donation of £2.50.

Proceeds from sales go towards Futureworks NY, established in 2012.

We are based in Scarborough and we help local learners from school age upwards, enabling them to acquire life skills, confidence, practical skills and some qualifications in an environment that suits their individual requirements.


The Youth Geographies of Inequality Project

The Youth Geographies of Inequality Project

Youth Geographies of Inequality Project

Here are our learners taking part in a session with the University of York for their research project – The Youth Geographies of Inequality Project

The project is run by the University of York and aims to unpicking how economic, social, cultural and environmental factors intersect with differing spatial contexts, and how these contexts shape families’ abilities to provide a varied range of support (financial, emotional and caring) to young people.
The hope is that the research will contribute towards addressing research gaps and help with development of local policies, especially those aimed at addressing widening health inequalities in North Yorkshire.
The project will produce a series of research evidence taking account of young people’s understanding, experiences and narratives of how they negotiate emotional support within their families and wider local web of relationships and context.

The learners have taken part in qualitative interviews and focus groups to participatory arts-based outputs.

The arts-based participatory outputs included mapping activities, walking interviews/photo go-alongs, zine/film making workshops and other creative and crafting activities.
We hope the learners participation has been useful and the outcome of the research helps shape the future for young people in our community
Another fantastic opportunity for our young people here at Futureworks, if you would like to know more about the work we do head to our website –