Adviza’s Energise Innovation Project addresses the root causes of young people becoming NEET (not in education, training or employment).


The project works with 14-15 year olds who are identified as having on average three to four risk-of-NEET indicators, including poor school attendance, disruptive or antisocial behaviour, family or mental health issues and low educational attainment.

To celebrate Berkshire Community Foundation’s 30th Birthday Year, BCF awarded a grant of £30,000 to Adviza’s Energise Innovation Project.  This continues the investment that BCF has already made into the project to fund positive social outcomes for young people in Berkshire.

The Energise programme, has worked with young people from 42 schools in the Thames Valley. It offers mentoring combined with structured activity days and residential courses and is designed to foster re-engagement with school, to build resilience and confidence. During the project, Adviza introduced a “Job Coach” pathway for the young people looking for employment with support for CV drafting, recruitment fairs, job applications and interviews. The programme has outperformed on attitude, behaviour, level 1 and 2 educational qualifications and 26 weeks employment outcomes.

“The impact Energise has made on the lives of vulnerable young people has been extraordinary and this funding model has allowed us to focus on activities that work and make a difference.”

Katharine Horler, CEO


“After taking part in Energise I feel much more happier in myself, it has improved my home life and I’m doing better in school.”

Young Person

“An amazing project which has really enabled pupils to develop independently from school, with some amazing staff who give continuous support.”

Head Teacher

Adviza’s Energise Innovation Project

Energise programme