Working with So… Visualise

Working with So… Visualise

Hello to our lovely blog readers and might I say you’re looking radiant today…

Our most recent posts have been introducing our staff. This time, we thought we would take a break from our intro’s and put our learners in the limelight.

Futureworks currently work with people aged 14 up to 58 years old (we won’t mention names…) We have a diverse range of people – and when we say diverse, we really do mean it! Our clients include a professional chef, two former nurses and a lady with a law degree. We have busy mums, learners who are looking to go to university and people who are looking to completely change careers or need some direction.

Recently, our younger learners were tasked with explaining “what do you think we do at Futureworks?” (Thankfully they didn’t reply with, “eat lot’s of cake”). Their responses included the following:

“Making friends and meeting new people”         “Support”

“Have a laugh”              “Gets me out of bed”         “Achieve qualifications”

“A better future”      “Inspire”      “Help looking for jobs”

“Helping to grow confidence”                  “Keeping me out of trouble”

“Learning skills to prepare me for the future”

Above all, our learners all have one thing in common: They aspire to make a change.

At Futureworks, we pride ourselves on the fact that we really do make a difference to people’s lives. We encourage, motivate, believe, and celebrate success. Our younger learners are able to sit and chat with our ‘more mature’ learners and everyone is here to achieve their own goals. We think outside the box and we’re very good at finding solutions to the most obscure problems! We have an open door policy (unless we’re having an off day -in which case the door will be locked, firmly bolted and we’ll be hiding behind it with a bottle of Baileys and a Black Forest Gateau…)

Okay, so we know that we can’t change the world but we recognise that with the right support, we can be a part of someones success. And that’s sick! (To quote the learners.)

Recent and on-going projects are shown in the photo’s – the learners gave our classroom some much needed colour (sunglasses are optional). They are also working with Lisa Borrie from So Visualise to help create props for shows. We hope to continue this  successful partnership in the future.

So, until next time… take care and don’t forget your emergency Kit-Kat on long journeys.

P.S We still have a house for sale if there are any takers???

Life on the Frontline

Life on the Frontline

Hello everyone. Due to the on-going success of our renovation blog we have decided to continue this platform to keep you up to date on the goings-on of Futureworks.

Our blog will introduce our staff to you over the coming weeks and months and share the fun and inspirational stories that our learners provide us with. We want to celebrate their achievements and let you know about any forthcoming events.

This week, the blog is looking at Action Towards Inclusion (ATI) – a programme that is aimed at those who are aged 18+ and have barriers that are preventing them from moving forward. These barriers may include health issues, long-term unemployment or lack of qualifications. We work one-to-one with clients to address the issues they face and look to find possible solutions. We can also offer Maths and English qualifications up to Level 2 for those who wish to learn.

Our Keyworker is Wendy:


Wendy is a shy and retiring member of the team… (??????!!!!!!!) She has established some really positive relationships with her clients and feels that the programme has been invaluable to everyone who has engaged so far.

We have seen participants starting work or university when they previously lacked the self-confidence or qualifications to help them achieve their goal. We have also been able to help clients to access counselling and art therapy.

ATI looks to celebrate the success of our participants and we are regularly invited to The Big Thinking Events where we get to listen to the inspirational stories of those who have established ways to move forward. The guest speaker at our last event was Richard McCann who spoke about the impact that the death of his Mother had on him and his sisters, telling us how he has dealt with the highs and lows of life.

Here is Wendy getting told off by Richard McCann and then another once they’d made friends…

If you are aged 18+ and think that ATI could help you – give us a ring on: 01723 449616 for more information. We currently have availability on the programme and you would be made very welcome. Wendy makes a lovely cup of tea and sometimes she treats you to biscuits. But only on special occasions.

Next time …

Join us to find out more about our new member of staff, Jodi. She is working with our young people and has loads of ideas and energy!!

House For Sale…

House For Sale…

Hello and a very good afternoon to each and every one of you. We are very pleased to announce that our first renovation is complete and the house is now on the market!! WHOOP!!

It seems strange to be back in the office every day after getting covered in dust and paint. Life is suddenly so much cleaner…


We would like to welcome everyone who is interested in seeing our finished project to our Open Day. This is taking place on Wednesday 23rd January between 10am and 12pm.  The address is: 11 Hope Street, Scarborough, YO12 7PR.

This is also our opportunity to thank the learners, staff, trades people and local businesses who worked tirelessly to get the house finished in time for Christmas. We are thrilled with the support we have been given along the way – everyone has worked hard to help Futureworks get to this point and shown us that we made the right decision taking on board our new venture.

Who knows what’s next for the team? Watch this space for future news. In the meantime, we’ll be sharing stories about Futureworks and the success stories and achievements of our learners.

For more information on the house, please click on the following link:

And now… the end is near

And now… the end is near

Hello to each and every one of you and a lovely big welcome to you all. The end is in sight!!! (Collective sigh of relief can be heard throughout the town). Our house renovation is close to being completed and it’s beginning to look a lot like a house that’s ready to become a home. We now have carpets on the top floor so these rooms are officially ‘done’. Steve Marsh, our carpet fitter, showed Andy how to lay the carpets and allowed him to show off his new found skills.

Our learners have been busy getting involved in a variety of tasks. Matty has been in charge of skirting boards – doing all the measuring, cutting and fitting. He has also been painting ceilings with Leon. The team from the Skills Mill worked out in the rain to paint plant pots, arrange stones and undertake planting.

Jamie from JK Tiling and Bathrooms has just about completed the bathroom tiling and we FINALLY have a fully functioning toilet!

It feels like we’ve been working on the house for a while but it’s actually only been 12 weeks which is pretty amazing, considering how much work has been done. We are all looking forward to a relaxing Christmas break once the work is finished. (Michelle and Sarah will be found laid beneath their respective Christmas trees with a Baileys/Bacardi in hand…)  Join us for the next blog instalment soon – as we face the final curtain of renovation life.

Full House

Full House

Hello and a very warm welcome to the lovely readers of our blog. We had a full house earlier this week as the new learners from Community Works came and gave us a helping hand or two. Our wallpapering fairy (Michelle) has papered the house from top to bottom and is loving it so much that she can now be found wallpapering the corridors in The Street building – all in grey, of course.

The word of the week is prepping – the dining room has been sanded and is ready for painting, the front garden has been made ready for the pebbles laying and Andy has been grouting the kitchen. Ben is still a regular volunteer, happy to learn anything we’ve thrown at him!

Michael has created a mantle piece from a log donated by B&Q – Blue Peter, eat your heart out.  Our carpet fitter, Steve Marsh, is going to be volunteering his time to show some of the group how to measure and lay carpets next week. With support from Boyes, we have purchased the carpets to complete the top floor. Once they are laid, EVERYONE will then be banned from going up there!!

We feel like we are officially on countdown to the completion now – a celebration is surely on the horizon… (Not your bog standard ‘this time of year’ event with Santa, a raffle and elves obviously as we’ve got our own supply of little helpers)…

Spooky Goings On…

Spooky Goings On…

Hello to each and every one of you. Welcome to our renovation update. The house is so much quieter this week due to the school holidays and the absence of Michael and Michelle. Sarah has been popping in to the house but it’s just not the same without learners and fellow staff! We are suffering from ’empty house syndrome’ – any strange noises can’t be linked to the men in the house as there aren’t any…

By the end of last week we had completed several tasks.  The top bedroom has been completely wallpapered and painted and Michelle and Candy (our very willing volunteer who also happens to be Michelle’s dad) set about wallpapering the next bedroom and landing. He has proven to be a fine right hand man. We have also welcomed another volunteer into the fold. Ben is our Boy Friday and has been keen to get involved in all aspects of the project, much to our delight.

Micheal has completed the painting of the exterior of the house and Sarah has been busy corking. And more corking. And even more corking…. The bathroom is now ready to be fitted, something we are very much looking forward to. (The ladies in our group have had to trudge back to The Street when they’ve needed to spend a penny – mostly due to the state of the original toilet and the fact there is no lock on the bathroom door.)

Community Works have the next course starting on Monday 5th November for anyone aged 18-25 who may be interested in joining us in the madness. We are also happy to accept volunteers who would like to get involved – get in touch if you’d like more information.

Happy Halloween from all the Futureworks team.