Friday, April 12, 2024

Positive Future For Young People

A group of 15 young adults returned to Thurrock on saturday full of enthusiasm for the future.

They had spent the previous week on an intensive residential course and now plan to spend the next nine months working for their future.

It is part of the Thurrock Community Transformation Programme, which is aimed at supporting young people in achieving happy and successful lives.

In the past year, with community and residential programmes, more than 70 young people (15- to 18-year-olds) have taken part and this latest group spent the week in Oxfordshire as the borough’s second Coaching for Communities programme.

There the group, mostly not engaged in education, employment or training, set clear goals and worked to develop a positive attitude to themselves, their family relationships, their lives and their futures.

Now they will be matched to a “Committed Partner” — a Thurrock adult volunteer who has undertaken the same training and who will work with the young people over nine-months, ensuring they keep their commitment to their goals and their new positive life decisions.

The first Coaching for Communities programme, in March, has proved an outstanding success, with the young people now fully engaging in their education and their community.

These young people are now considered ambassadors for national charity Youth at Risk, which has invested funding, energy and time.

The group returned to the Stanford-le-Hope Youth and Connexions Centre in Hassenbrook Road where, along with friends and family, Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, and portfolio holder for children, Cllr Charlie Curtis were there to greet them.

Cllr Curtis said: “The enthusiasm was overwhelming. It was difficult to believe these young people had been on a course for six days doing 18-hour days.

“If we can manage to harness that enthusiasm and positive attitude over the coming months it can do nothing but good.”

And Cllr Kent added: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to the young people and my thanks to everyone involved from council staff to Youth At Risk, but most of all I’d like to thank the volunteers who are willing to give up their time to take part.”


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