Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw is a registered charity established in 1996.
The main purpose of the charity is to support young people aged between 8 - 25 years old within the Bassetlaw area to enable them to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. This may be as an individual, a club or organisation.
The charity has a Grant Giving Trust and can award small grants that support projects, ideas and experiences. Through support we want young people to adopt a positive mind set, develop skills, get involved and raise aspirations.
To apply for a grant, check the criteria and complete the relevant application form. Details of Board meetings where decisions are made are on our funding page.
To date the charity has awarded over £100,000 in grants.
Each year the charity holds numerous events to raise money to support its work. These include:
A creative showcase called Focus on You, a Fun Run/Walk, a Golf competition, a Quiz Night and a live band event. We are also involved with many community events that engage young people for example; Children’s Day, Ambitions (Careers/opportunities) event, Dance festivals and much more. Partnership work is key to the charity‘s development, we value the partnerships we have and continue to make, they are crucial to support the needs of young people in this area.
We recently sponsored the development of Worksop Junior Parkrun. This is a free 2K timed weekly event held at Worksop College. It is estimated that over 500 young people will take part this year. For more information click here.
Noelle has worked with young people since leaving school in a nursing, educating and supporting capacity. Trained as an NNEB, her previous employment includes working for the NHS and Nottinghamshire County Council.
“It has always been my passion to support young people, working for NCC, my job focused on providing opportunities for young people and their families particularly those who were disadvantaged”
“I believe that all young people can achieve, it is finding their strengths and providing the tools that will help them reach their full potential that is key”.
Ali has spent many years travelling the world with her husband who works alongside the British Forces. She has lived in countries including Hong Kong, The Falkland Islands, Germany and Scotland. For the last 15 years Ali has been a self-employed wedding, portrait and schools’ photographer which she absolutely loves. She also enjoys working 8 hours a week for the charity where she supports with Admin and Events Coordination.
Lisa has previously been involved in supporting young people having run church youth groups and holiday clubs and volunteering with the youth justice service. She is Director of a local commercial transport firm and also works at a local pre-school as a Finance Administrator and has a background in operational management in the Insurance sector. Having been a passionate supporter of the charity for a number of years Lisa took the step to join the board to become further involved with the charity and support with her administrative and bookkeeping skills.
Married with a daughter, Tony retired in 2018, working for the charity Help for Heroes as a Regional Manager. In 2012 he was honoured and humbled to be able to carry the Olympic Torch as part of the Olympic Torch Relay. He has been involved in the ‘Green Stuff’ Military in one way or another for around 30 years and received a commissioned (class B) in the Territorial Army in 2002. He held the rank of Major with the Nottinghamshire Army Cadets Force before retiring and now volunteers as Police cadet leader training police cadets.
Fran has been involved in Education and Community Regeneration for over 50 years. For the last few years I have worked part time on Strategic and Operational Projects for North Notts College.
Fran has always been involved in community development and raising aspirations, endeavouring to inspire ambition in both young people and adults. She is involved in a number of voluntary and community groups including BCVS, The Crossing, Worksop Priory Gatehouse Trust, Centre for Sport and Learning and Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw.
Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service, BCVS
Catherine joined the VCS in 2010 after an earlier career in the Food Manufacturing Industry, latterly as a Planning and Procurement Manager based in Sheffield.
Catherine actively supports a number of local charities as is a board member of the Bassetlaw Food Bank, Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw, The Crossing, Centre for Sport and Learning CIC, and represents the VCS as Chair of the Bassetlaw Integrated Care Partnership. Catherine is Also the Chair of Governors at Tuxford Primary Academy and a Governor at North Notts College, RNN Group.
Tracey is the County Councillor for Misterton Division and Vice Chairman of the Council’s Children & Young People’s Committee. Coming from an early professional background in finance, she retrained in Early Years and Children’s education when her own children were young. Since then Tracey has continued to work or volunteer with a variety of groups working with children; this remains her passion and her focus. Working with FOYPIB has brought opportunities to help young people across Bassetlaw making a real difference for them.
Sue is a former youth worker and centre manager in Bassetlaw, she now has a Local Government county wide post managing youth services for looked after and adopted young people. Sue has a passion for participation and consultation including the voice of young people. She is committed to supporting the charity to ensure young people in Bassetlaw have opportunities to reach their full potential.
My responsibilities include the management of the Bassetlaw District Council Leisure Management Contract which encompasses four facilities including Worksop, Retford and Bircotes Leisure Centres as well as Kilton Forest Golf Course which is where I am based. In addition I also manage the Transform Schools Community Use contract which includes community provision of the Bassetlaw PFI comprehensive schools.
My experience within this industry has enabled me to develop strong working relationships with key partners to maximise community participation levels of local facilities and services.
Callum is the County Councillor for the Worksop North Division on Nottinghamshire County Council. Having been born and raised in Bassetlaw, including being involved in local sporting and activity groups as a young person, he is keen to make sure there are more opportunities for young people in Bassetlaw, so that others are able to reach their potential.
Sarah is a former youth worker and educator, currently working as an Employment Specialist supporting people with health conditions and disabilities into sustainable employment. She has a passion for improving the lives of young people and empowering people from marginalised and underserved communities. Her vision is to ensure services are inclusive and accessible to all. She was diagnosed with epilepsy in her 20s and is keen to give back to her community. Improving young people's life chances is really important, to build aspirations and inspire hope through the charity.