Supporting our young people
It’s been a busy month for one of Suffolk’s leading young people charities, Inspire Suffolk. With 5 Team programmes running across the county for 16-25-year-olds to build confidence and find their next step, a specific construction course for those looking to enter the sector and gain their CSCS cards, as well as their annual Charity Ball which raised over £16,000 to support local young people in need.
Team programme is one of Inspire Suffolk’s most successful programmes ran in partnership with the Prince’s Trust. Taking place over 12 weeks, the programme supports young people who are 16-25 years old and are not in employment, education or training living across Suffolk and North Essex. It is made up of various activities designed to increase self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem, all which play a key part in helping to find positive sustainable outcomes and really does change local lives!
Firstly, the young people involved in the course take part in an activity outward bound trip, getting involved in canoeing, abseiling and raft-building. These trips are fundamental to overcoming challenges, facing their fears, building confidence and breaking away from their current situation, making them ready to take on the rest of the course. One young person said: “Without the residential trip, I would have never put myself out of my comfort zone. I now believe in myself more and am continuing to push myself.”
Other activities including planning, fundraising and co-ordinating a project in their community to support working as a team, initiative and putting themselves outside of their comfort zone! In the past, projects have included supporting Layden’s Community Café, Felixstowe, to spruce up their garden area for its users and clearing an overgrown area at Causton Junior School, Felixstowe for the pupils to use. These projects allow the young people involved to have a sense of pride in something they’ve supported and help their communities in need, and is great to add to their CV’s.
Young people will also find themselves working on how to enhance their CV’s, supported by local businesses on interview skills and work experience in sectors that they’re interested in.
Local businessman Mahbub Alum Shamim is a trustee of Inspire Suffolk and says: “I have been involved with the work of Inspire Suffolk for many years and I am so proud of what they do. They work so hard to help to change the lives of local young people, helping to build their confidence and get them onto a positive next step in their lives!”
Inspire Suffolk’s next Prince’s Trust Team programmes begin in January 2019. The most local programme for Jan 2019 will be in Central Ipswich.
Visit www.inspiresuffolk.org.uk to find out more.