Be Yourself programme

Be Yourself is a free personal development programme for young people aged between 16 and 21, and up to 25 with additional needs. 

We launched the Be Yourself programme in November 2018 in partnership with the Jobcentre Plus. This gives young people an opportunity to develop personal and professional skills for the workplace.

Activities take place in various locations across Medway.

Programme details

Be Active

10 week programme: 1 hour per week

  • boxing: coaching with Olympia Boxing
  • parkour: coaching by Retraceuring Steps Parkour
  • skateboarding

5 week programme: 2 hours per week

4 week programme: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • health, sport and fitness
  • coaching, officiating and leadership

Be Creative

4 week programme: 2 hours 30 minutes per week

Choose from:

  • music production: producing music related media and working in the music industry
  • DJ: the technical side of working as a DJ, including interacting with the audience and procedures in the industry
  • photography and event planning: develop photographic skills and plan a gallery event.
  • art and craft: develop various arts and craft skills

Be Independent

4 week programme: 2 hours 30 minutes per week

Choose from:

  • keeping healthy: includes information about drug and alcohol use, mental health and sexual health
  • keeping track: how to manage your money now and in the future
  • cooking on a budget: how to eat well on a low budget
  • healthy eating: how to plan and cook healthy meals and live a healthy lifestyle

Be Ready

4 week programme: 2 hours 30 minutes per week

You will learn about:

  • self-development: personal skills required for the work place and careers
  • mental health: how mental health can affect the work place and how to manage your own mental health
  • employability skills: develop your work place skills and find out what employers look for when employing staff

Be Skilled

4 week programme: 2 hours 30 minutes per week

You will learn about:

  • cooking: prepare, cook and present various meals
  • childcare: gain first aid and food hygiene certificates that will help you get a job in child care

5 week programme: 2 hours 30 minutes per week

  • computing: develop your skills in Python Programming with Futurecoders SE

Get started

To get started, download and complete the activities menu, and email it to

Download the Be Yourself leaflet.


Helen Elstone
Youth Development Worker
07743 449 954

Your DWP Work Coach
Chatham Job Centre Plus
The Brook Chatham ME4 4LQ
0800 169 0190