Exciting plans for 2015

The Prince’s Trust Team programme was launched nationally in 1990 and is currently planning its 25th Anniversary celebrations. The Prince’s Trust Team programme is very close to my heart as I was on the second team that Groundwork delivered in June 1998. Since then the programme has gone on from strength to strength and I am proud to say that we have supported over 3000 young people on the programme, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable skills and qualifications. We also have our own landmark event in 2015, as our 100th Prince’s Trust Team will be delivered in the Oldham area in January – stay tuned for more about this!

I have seen firsthand as a volunteer, team leader and manager of the programme the positive impact it has on young people and how it enables them to help achieve their aspirations. I would encourage any unemployed young person (aged 16-25) to take part in the programme and get in touch with Groundwork today.

I am also pleased to announce that we have taken on our final staff members for the ESF NEET contract. This programme supports young people aged 14-19 and is a combination of 14-16 schools provision and intensive mentor support for 16-19 year olds. We provide this service across all our four local boroughs (Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale) and are always looking for new young people we can support on the project. Sarah Taylor is the new NEET Youth Team Leader, who will be mentoring and supporting 16-19 year olds in the Bolton area. Sharon Davie is the new Youth Job Match Adviser and will be working across all the boroughs to secure employment and apprenticeship opportunities for our beneficiaries.

We are always seeking new training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities for our young people, if you feel this is something you can offer please get in contact with Sharon.

We will also be delivering an exciting new food growing project in January and have recently advertised for 5 Growing Ambassadors. This team will provide support for local food growing activity in the Oldham area and will be a visible ‘on the ground’ point of contact for the Get Oldham Growing programme. The Growing Ambassadors will aim to reduce the barriers to participation in food growing, cooking and eating projects for the improvement of the health and wellbeing of Oldham residents.

“The Growing Ambassadors is a core part of Get Oldham Growing’s vision for food growing in the borough. Working with Groundwork will ensure the Ambassadors receive the best support and guidance, increasing the scope and impact of their work. We are looking forward to working in partnership and seeing more people grow their own as a result of our work together.”  Paul Howes, Programme Manager – Food and Health, Public Health, Oldham Council

If you would like any further information on any of the above programmes or would like to be involved please get in touch.

John Davies, Youth & Communities Manager

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