To seek, to strive, to find and not to yield
On a mission to seek, to strive, to find and not to yield
Ulysses Youth believes that often we are made weak by time and fate, and the young people of Stoke-on-Trent & bordering areas have been impacted on by the events of the past few years significantly.
We feel that the young people of our city and beyond deserve reliable guidance and support through both life’s challenges and the good times, our mentoring and aspiration can help them discover and harness their true potential.
Our empathetic and committed staff combine lived experience with professionalism to help young people who may be facing a diverse range of issues including mental health, accessing education, CCE & CSE and LGBTQ+.
Through adversity and adventure… together we remain strong in will.
The Social Parent: Bespoke, Individualised Mentoring.
Tailored, individualised support – negotiated and agreed with young person and agencies.
Encompasses Personal, Social, Health & Economic education; keeping safe, physical activity, growth mindset interventions, complementary support and interventions.
Incorporates measured outcomes for wellbeing, and progress tracking.
nudgED: Gambling Workshops.
Interactive, informative and relatable PSHE gambling awareness workshops, delivered to smaller groups or assemblies by a YGAM accredited Gambling Expert. Designed to promote healthy decision-making around the risks and consequences associated with gambling.
I am Youth: Training, Consultation & Consultancy.
Our team comprises of extensively experienced youth workers leaning on expertise from alternative education and training, statutory local authority and education services, and childrens residential care. This is underpinned with co-designed content with lived experience perspective, because who better to advise professionals what will help change lives than young people who have experienced adversity.
Our Partners & Testimonials
Founder: Laura Bailey is an accomplished and experienced youth sector leader with broad knowledge and proven outcomes.
Her journey in the sector began as a community cohesion volunteer at a Surestart Childrens Centre, delivering activity sessions to parents and children to help with wellbeing when Laura saw a need for the local community when her own children were primary age.
Moving on to an exciting and unique role as a Project Support Worker for a Big Lottery Funded Young Mums Programme for a Social Justice Charity. An opportunity to create life changing opportunities whilst working alongside statutory services to support young mums in their journey into motherhood, a project Laura felt deeply about after becoming a Mum at 19 herself and having her goal to study Sociology interrupted by a local college who told her she would never pass exams with a young baby!
Subsequent to this Laura spent several years working as a co-ordinator for the Local Authority on the ‘Troubled Families Agenda’ engaging young people with multiple and complex needs and disadvantages to re-engage them into education through holistic and encompassing family support via an Early Help assessment and action plan.
Laura embraced this role and was quickly recruited as a casual Youth Worker also, created new sports initiatives for a group of very marginalised young people within their own community. Laura reflects on her pinnacle of this role being the opportunity to accompany two tall ship ‘Voyages of Discovery’ sailing the English Coast with 24 young people. Something she is planning to embark on again in the Summer of 2024.
Laura consolidated her detailed understanding of the sector, particularly around safeguarding and education best practice and policies to return to Nacro in a managerial capacity; leading a team of staff within an alternative education and training centre; collaboration with the Care Leavers Team and Youth Offending contributed to effectively supporting particularly disadvantaged cohorts of young people. During this time Laura and her team secured a Good Ofsted Rating and an INCyte Gold Award for Effectiveness in Safeguarding.
Deciding that the next step in her path would be to consolidate the skills and experience Laura then returned to education herself in 2019, studying and achieving a First Class Criminology degree.
During this time Laura continued the coalface work with young people as a mentor for young people, alongside working within the family courts arena where she gained knowledge and exprience of legal processes relating to children in care.