MADE. in Chafford course a success and an inspiration

THE second MADE. course to be run in Chafford Hundred culminated in a celebration event attended by representatives from the local council, school leaders, businesses, the local church, as well as members of the students’ own families.

The MADE. Course, written and piloted by Proximity Church in Stanford-le-Hope, has now extended to the south of the borough, in a collaboration between Community Church’s 180 Project and Harris Academies in Chafford Hundred and Rainham.

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The aim of MADE. is to inspire young people to discover their unique identity and purpose, help them to discover their strengths and aspire to greater things for their future.

Over the course of ten weeks, students receive teaching around personal growth covering themes such as teamwork, leadership, determination and the power of choice.

In the afternoons, students visit a variety of workplaces, exposing them to a number of career paths available to them when they finish school. Businesses visited this term included a personal stylist, a design business, emergency services and a local solicitor.

During the event, each of the graduating students gave three speeches, detailing their experiences and reflections from the course.

The 180 Project, having successfully piloted the programme, are now looking to continue running the course next academic year and hope to be able to expand in to other schools. To enable this to happen, The 180 Project would love to hear from any local businesses who are able to support the programme, by sponsoring a course.

Elle Knight, The 180 Project Manager says, “We are really grateful to all of the businesses and organisations who have hosted our visits this last term. We’d love to expand our bank of businesses who are able to host visits so would love to hear from any Thurrock businesses who’d be interested in helping in this way.

“In order for the programme to become sustainable, and for us to be able to expand our provision, we’re also keen to hear from businesses who might be able to help with financial sponsorship as part of their social responsibility programmes.”

To find out more, or to offer your support, you can email or call 01375 484101.

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