SAFE started in 1994, reaching out to people in South Hampshire facing need as a result of high unemployment and recession. Since then SAFE have helped thousands of people move forward and have developed new innovative programmes.

SAFE started by delivering programmes in job search and career guidance. We developed an extensive network of over 50 referral agencies providing health and social support. SAFE also delivered cognitive STEPS courses building confidence and self efficacy.

Following over 10 years experience and 100 courses, SAFE then developed the innovative Choices programme, a holistic programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy and vocational support. This is currently delivered in three age bands: schools (school years 10-11), young adults (16-24 year olds) and adults (25 years + ), and has become the focus of SAFE’s work.

Choices is truly life changing, giving outcomes of significant internal change in confidence, hope and resilience. This in turn leads to measurable external change in:

  • jobs – job search self efficacy, re-employment, voluntary work and further learning,
  • health – reduced anxiety and depression, and
  • social – tackling addictions, housing, relationships and debt