Young People

We are working with a selection of specialist youth charities. These organisations have been critical in shaping First day to ensure that it meets a clearly identified need, in a way which is wanted and helpful to the young people they support.

Merseyside Youth Association

Merseyside Youth Association (MYA) provides innovative, practical and positive support services to children and young people. It delivers a wide range of early intervention and prevention services, workforce development and infrastructure support to 5000 young people from across Merseyside every year.

YPAS (Young Persons Advisory Service)

YPAS supports children, young people and families to improve their mental health and emotional well-being through a wide range of support and therapeutic interventions. Working jointly with professionals across health, education and social care and involving children, young people and families in the design and delivery of their services YPAS can reach people as possible and consistently monitor progress and change.

Tomorrow’s People

Tomorrow’s people work with young people, the long-term unemployed, people with health-related issues, offenders and ex-offenders in Merseyside. Young people learn to work as a team, take responsibility and gain new skills. They also help young people write their CV, practice interview skills and complete applications for jobs or college.

Positive Futures

Positive Futures Liverpool is an award winning, nationally recognised, social enterprise charity, working to improve the life choices of children and young people. It has a phenomenal track record for turning young lives around through a blended mix of personal development, education, training & mentoring via a range of one-to-one and group based activities.


UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisations. They equip 16 – 25 year olds from diverse and under-represented backgrounds with the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform the world around them through social action.

These youth charities will select the young people most in need and prepare them to ensure they are able to benefit from First Day. These young people are likely to experience one of more of the following:

  • Low levels of confidence, motivation and self-esteem.
  • Negative perceptions and attitudes to employment, education and training and alienation from existing services.
  • Lack of social and basic skills required to achieve in education, learning and employment
  • Complex and often severe social needs including disabilities and health, mental health conditions, substance misuse, housing finance and debt, learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.
  • Lack of awareness and understanding of the learning and employment opportunities available and how to access them.
  • Lack of or no work experience history and limited access to available employment opportunities.
  • Lack of vocational and occupational skills and associated qualifications to gain entry to employment in the areas of employment demand.
  • Care responsibilities including child and dependent care.
  • Offending and re-offending history.

At this stage, we are not able to support young people who contact us directly, but anyone interested in benefitting from First Day can register their interest for future projects by emailing us.