Troubled families cash helps paint rosy pictures

TEN Thurrock young people have successfully completed a three week project and are now the proud recipients of the Discover and Explore, Bronze Art Award.

Part funded by Thurrock Council’s Troubled Families Service and UNITAS – Summer Arts Colleges support participants to increase their confidence, educational attainment, and employment opportunities, particularly in the arts.

The course was hosted by the Stanford Youth Centre and ran between 25 July – 12 August.

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Portfolio Holder for Social Care, Cllr Sue Little said: “We need to ensure that families are able to access the right support at the right time and that we maximise the potential of all our young people

“I’m so pleased by the range of opportunities that are being made available to our young people and their families through programmes such as this.

“The great thing about the programme is that it doesn’t end here – this is just the bronze stage and I hope the young people continue to progress to the silver level next.

“I’d really like to thank everybody involved – but also congratulate the young people who put the hard work in and took part – a big well done to you.”

One young person who attended the programme said: “It was really good, I liked the staff. I made new friend and it boosted my confidence. It encouraged me to get up every day and do something productive and entertaining”

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