About Hello Future

At Hello Future, we want to provide young people in Cumbria with the information and support to help them make the key decisions important to their future. Working out what to do next is an exciting time, however we recognise that it can also be a stressful time as well, given the number of routes and options available.

The Hello Future team can offer a range of free workshops and events to schools and colleges, as well as in the community, that explore the different routes into higher education. We cover information on university and higher/degree apprenticeships (locally and further afield) to help guide and inform young people throughout the process. We also explore the key skills and experience needed for these different routes.

Learner Need Progression Plan

Hello Future are focused on helping young people develop and grow. The below plan outlines how Hello Future supports learners as they move through year 9, KS4 and KS5 to higher education.


Learner Need

To introduce further choices and create, support and develop learner ideas.

How to meet need

Opportunities created to [1] provoke interest, [2] produce encounters, [3] begin engagement, [4] generate excitement and [5] raise aspiration.

Understand and Upskill

Learner Need

To understand available options, e.g. F.E./H.E. routes, institutions/organisations and courses. Opportunities for self-reflection of skillset.

How to meet need

Opportunities created for capability building in [1] communication, [2] confidence and [3] resilience.

Practical Support & Guidance

Learner Need

To develop self-awareness and understand self-management tools. To be equipped to access support and guidance.

How to meet need

Provision of resources and information (applying to university and apprenticeships, wider lifestyle, citizenship and student voice).


Learner Need

To be able to apply ideas, knowledge and skills to H.E. learning and H.E. environments.

How to meet need

Creation of opportunities to experience H.E. learning and H.E. environments. For example interactions with F.E., H.E., alumni and visits.

Meet our team

Meet the passionate and dedicated team behind Hello Future.

  • Lisa Jackson

    Programme Manager
  • Mike Siddall

    CCOP Partner Outreach Manager
  • Dr. Lucy Wright

    Data and Evaluation Manager
  • Adam Riglar

    Area Manager, Carlisle & Eden
  • Jessica Adams

    Programme Officer, Carlisle and Eden
  • Jackelyn Taylor

    Graduate Intern, Carlisle and Eden
  • Alex Pegnall

    Graduate Intern, Carlisle and Eden
  • Hannah Pears

    Area Manager, West Cumbria
  • Mark Dickinson

    Programme Officer, West Cumbria
  • Laura McAllister

    Graduate Intern, West Cumbria
  • Nicola Speirs

    Area Manager, Furness
  • Jack Todd

    Programme Officer, Furness
  • Jamie Russell

    Graduate Intern, Furness
  • Georgina Collins

    Administrative Officer

Our Programme Manager Lisa’s story

Hello, my name is Lisa and I’m the Hello Future programme manager. I hope our website provides the information and support you need to help guide you through the higher education process.

My decision to go university wasn’t easy. If I’m honest, I didn’t really know much about higher education, as no one in my family had ever gone to university. Also, there wasn’t even a university in Cumbria at the time. Luckily my school, Ullswater Community College in Penrith, provided me with opportunities to visit several different universities around the country, where I booked on to various Saturday open days with my mum. Even with all the open days and reading the different university prospectuses, it was difficult deciding which university would be best for me.

Read Lisa’s full story

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