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Talent Match

Artists took a creative approach to a national initiative designed to help young people find their way to work or training

Talent Match has come to an end after 5 successful years, having made a real impact on the lives of young people in Doncaster.

Talent Match was designed for young people aged 18 – 24 who had been out of education, training and/or employment. Through the programme, we promoted confidence, strengthened character and greater personal resilience for our young people.

Talent Match Coach Bob used creative and art activities to help young people think about their goals and helped them to achieve these goals step-by-step. Staying on hand all the way to offer support and advice through the ups and downs of an individual’s journey, Bob also helped with practical issues such as travel expenses, interview clothes and techniques, work experience and much more.

Talent Match was funded by the Big Lottery Fund UK which has invested £108 million to tackle youth unemployment in 21 areas of England.

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) was part of the Sheffield City Region Talent Match programme. Figures show that Sheffield City Region Talent match worked with 2376 young people, with at least 653 moving into employment, 457 into education, 598 into voluntary positions and 23 becoming self-employed.

In March – July 2018, a group of our Talent Match participants took part in ‘Rehearsal for Life’, working with Bob, drama practitioner Val Holland and visual artist Karen Hall to develop their confidence and social skills in real life situations, in the safe and supportive environment of The Point. Watch the video below to find out more.



Talent Match has provided support to a wide variety of young people across Doncaster. We have created videos about a number of our participants who kindly agreed to share their journeys. The playlist below will give you insight into their Talent Match stories.



Finally, participant feedback is always much loved – here is a lovely comment from one of our young people about how Talent Match helped them.


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