New Deal of the Mind has become The Creative Society
Since founder and CEO Martin Bright wrote the article that kick-started our work, the concept of a New Deal of the Mind has provided a mutually rewarding service in which creative organisations and businesses have directly benefitted from the creation of over 1000 sustainable jobs for young people.
As our work has evolved however, we’ve had to evolve with it, and now need a new way to better reflect the positive outcomes that we as New Deal of the Mind have helped to shape.
We are therefore evolving our brand to become known as The Creative Society with a mission to build and support the creative economy.
Look out for changes across our social media sites – coming very soon.
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The surprise announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government intends special help in getting 16-24 year olds into work is welcome indeed. The even more surprising news of help for this group in becoming self-employed is especially welcome. As we noted after the publication of November unemployment figures these are the young people that urgently need support if we are not to create a new lost generation. The “one-in-five”, as we called them in our recent blog (19.8 per cent of this group are actively seeking work), cannot afford to be out of work for months on end as they attempt to set out in their chosen careers. (more…)