This month, Resurgo enrolled its 9,000th trainee onto their award-winning Spear Programme, which supports 16–24-year-olds facing barriers to employment with the skills and mindset they need to step into their full potential and thrive in work.
This significant milestone comes as Resurgo celebrates its 20th anniversary. From one inaugural location two decades ago, welcoming just a handful of trainees, the Spear Programme now operates in 13 locations, across 7 cities in the UK, coaching hundreds of young people each year.
This growth has been made possible thanks to a dedicated team of expert coaches; many committed and generous supporters, and the resilience and courage of each young person supported by Spear over the years.
Resurgo’s goal is to have a sustained presence in every region in the country, and to reach young people in resource-poor areas who most need support. As such, Resurgo now delivers a streamlined and more cost-effective version of Spear in both Preston and Cheltenham, which they will also launch in Nottingham, Cardiff and Ipswich later this year, taking the number of Spear Centres to 16.
Resurgo recognises that behind the figures lie thousands of stories of individual lives transformed, like Akira, who completed the Spear Programme in Bristol, and is now working as a Barista at Costa Coffee.
She said, “A year and a half ago I got injured and I literally I couldn’t walk. I didn’t leave bed for a long time. I wouldn’t leave my house because of anxiety, afraid of being laughed at.”
“If it wasn’t for [my Spear coaches] calling me, saying that they wanted me there, I would still be lying in my bed. Spear was the biggest blessing of my life. I have taken away great skills from Spear, and I’m able to stand up again and not feel embarrassed anymore. I am just so, so glad that I took that step and came to Spear – because if not, everything would be completely different for me.”