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Newcastle United Foundation goes on the buses with free Stagecoach passes for young people

Dozens of teenagers taking their first steps into the world of work with Newcastle United Foundation will benefit from vital travel passes supplied by Stagecoach.

 A new partnership between the official charity arm of Newcastle United Football Club and one of the UK’s leading bus operators will provide free travel for young men and women who are volunteering, training, or taking job opportunities.

Young people determined to secure qualifications and work experience on Newcastle United Foundation’s NE1 Works and National Citizen Service programmes will receive passes waiving their travel cost across Stagecoach services.

Free travel on Stagecoach North East services for some of the city’s most disadvantaged teenagers gives them the ability to meet with business contacts or attend jobs fairs and events leading to employment.

Steve Walker, Managing Director of Stagecoach North East, visited St. James’ Park last week to see the partnership in action.

Newcastle United Foundation’s Partnerships Coordinator Elaine Flynn said: “It was fantastic to welcome Steve to a group session – the support from Stagecoach staff has been outstanding and they’ve had an incredibly hands-on approach.

“For our Employability participants not in education, employment or training, accessible travel is often a barrier that young people encounter when trying to access workshops, mentoring and work experience.

“Being able to remove those barriers and encourage engagement in programmes and promote positive travel experiences opens the door to so many other opportunities.”

NE1 Works is delivered by Newcastle United Foundation’s Employability team who support 16 to 25-year-olds not currently in education, training or employment.

As part of the NE1 Can programme funded by Newcastle City Council’s Newcastle Fund, participants are introduced to potential employers, guided through mock interviews and given industry insights to the city’s business community.

Being only 15 to 17 years old and unable to drive, National Citizen Service participants also rely on public transport to complete voluntary projects in the community.

Elaine added: “Stagecoach North East has also been instrumental in helping spread the word about our Be A Game Changer mental health awareness campaign.

“Lots of people who travel across the North East with Stagecoach might have already spotted our Be A Game Changer promotional posters in their buses.

“With their support, we can really make a difference in the football community and beyond to encourage everyone to feel comfortable in talking about their mental health.”

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