Space Unlimited is delighted to receive a National Lottery award of £128,365 from the Big Lottery Fund Grants for Improving Lives to develop our ‘Confident Transitions’ approach with young people in Glasgow and South Ayrshire.


Compared to those who stay on at school beyond the statutory leaving age, young people who leave school around (or even before) their 16th birthday are:

  • Much more likely to come from an area of high deprivation
  • Much more likely to have left their ‘initial positive destination’ just 6 months after leaving school
  • Much less likely to obtain a formal qualification by the time they are 23 (and benefit from the associated future success in the labour market)
  • 3 times more likely to be unemployed


Space Unlimited has worked with more than fifty 15 and 16 year olds in Glasgow over the last 3 years to design effective additional support for young people in their transition towards a positive post-school destination.


The ‘Confident Transitions’ approach emphasises young people’s own strengths and experiences, and improves their connections with local opportunities and resources that can support their development. It responds to the uncertainty and confusion that many young people in transition feel - it doesn’t solve problems for them. Instead it offers structured support that enables them to connect with, and build on, their strengths and interests, as a crucial first step towards finding a way forward that makes sense to them individually.


“By learning about yourself – about what kind of future you want – it’s made me clearer on all my options.”                young person


“Since we’ve started this, I’ve not felt like I need to hide anything. If I want to change something, I know I can.”        young person


The Big Lottery Grant will allow us to work with 72 young people over the next 2 years in Glasgow and South Ayrshire.


To hear more about what young people say about the approach, please go to the Space Unlimited website to view a short film about Confident Transitions


Councillor William Grant, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “It’s fantastic news that Space Unlimited has been awarded National Lottery funding. This transitions programme will be a valuable addition to the support and learning already provided to our young people. With the help of our partners we are continuing to increase the number of young people who leave school to enter a positive destination.”


Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years, Glasgow City Council said: “Our schools and officers work with a wide range of organisations to help some of our most vulnerable young people meet their full potential. I’m delighted that the additional funding increases the reach and expands this worthy project across the city.”


Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Space Unlimited has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Space Unlimited every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”