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The Challenge


There are approximately 175,000 children in the Midlands living in poverty according to the Children’s Society. In some areas, over 50% of children live in poverty. Working here, you will encounter a broad range of cultures, languages, and traditions, and will have the opportunity to influence positive change for children and young people in a resourceful, creative and conscientious manner.

Key statistics
  • 86% of children in need in the Midlands did not achieve 5 or more A* – C grades at GCSE including English and Maths (UK GOV 2016).
  • Over 50% of children are living in poverty in some parts of the Midlands (Children’s Society 2017).
  • 360 looked after children were identified as having a substance misuse problem (UK GOV 2016).
  • There were 146,150 children in need living across the Midlands in 2015 – 16 (UK GOV 2016).
  • Over a third of care leavers are not in education, employment or training (UK GOV 2016).
Living here

Situated in the heart of the country, this area offers a truly dynamic and varied place to live and work. It boasts great cities and towns, staggering countryside, pretty villages, grand castles to explore, and canals and waterways to walk beside. Stretching as far north as the Peak District and with easy access to Wales, the region contains five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Some of the best attractions in the UK can be found here, including theme parks, Tamworth’s indoor SnowDome, and Stoke-on-Trent’s indoor aqua-park Waterworld.

As Britain’s second city, Birmingham has everything you could possibly desire in abundance, and boasts the largest number of young people compared to any of its European counterparts. With 40% of its multicultural population aged under 25, this makes for a vibrant global presence. The city offers a world-class cultural scene, superb shopping, modern dining and other drinking and leisure opportunities.

Rents can vary widely depending on location and whether you are sharing or living alone, but generally range between £200 – £600 per month. Excellent rail links provide quick and frequent connections across all parts of the region and into Birmingham city centre. Getting further afield is easy from this central point in the UK’s road network, and there are two international airports in Birmingham and Coventry.

Key benefits of living in the region
  • Birmingham and Leicester provide vibrant and influential grassroots art, music, literary and culinary scenes.
  • The region encompasses five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Wye Valley, Shropshire hills, Cannock Chase, Malvern Hills and parts of the Cotswolds.
  • Affordable rents and strong transport links.
Participants in the region


From 2018 we will be placing around 80 participants in the local authorities across the Midlands region.