YOUNG BROXTOWE PEOPLE REGAIN THEIR FUTURE
High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire Mrs Nicky Weston with Sophie Forbes-Taylor (Operations Manager, Young Potential), Simon & Andrew Lees.
Sitting down: Simon Lees and Andrew Lees. Standing: Mick Warner (Chairman of Trustees, Young Potential), Denis Copeland(Regional Manager, Savills ManagementResources), High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire Mrs Nicky Weston, Sophie Forbes-Taylor (Operations Manager, Young Potential), Councillor John Allin, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Councillor & Ed Cree (Director, British Land).
An exciting programme that aims to support young people in the Broxtowe District into paid work, apprenticeships or further training was launched on Thursday November 14.
Stolen Futures will provide 12 weeks of intensive coaching and support to young people aged 16 to 18 who are unemployed and who are unable to find employment because of their previous offending behaviour or are otherwise disadvantaged through life circumstances.
The programme is run by Nottingham based youth charity, Young Potential, working in partnership with one of the programme’s principal funders, British Land, owners of Giltbrook Retail Park.
Sophie Forbes-Taylor, Operations Manager at Young Potential, explains the background: “Broxtowe Borough where the programme will be based, has a number of youth issues, and we have designed the programme to offer a number of those offenders an alternative future with increased confidence, basic skills and practical disciplines that will help them to take more positive control of their lives.”
The 2-year funding will enable nearly 100 young people to undergo 12-week training courses and support half of those into paid employment, and the remainder into apprenticeships or further training and education. The emphasis will be on retail, with the popular Giltbrook Retail Park acting as a catalyst.
The High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Mrs Nicky Weston, who officially launched the project, said: “It is a real pleasure to be associated with a scheme that is grounded in practical help and training that will make a difference to so many young people who may otherwise slip through the net. I can think of no better organisation than Young Potential to deliver this programme, and I must thank British Land and other sponsors for providing the funding.”
Ed Cree, Asset Manager for Giltbrook Retail Park and representing British Land, said: “Training, education and employment of young people is a key part of our Corporate Social Responsibility work, and something we take seriously and devote a lot of time towards. We are pleased to be able to support Young Potential as we value their long-term commitment of keeping in touch with and supporting the young people they work with.”
The event, which took place at the Ikea store at Giltbrook Retail Park, was attended by the chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council Cllr John Allin, together with many local councillors, officers, and members of the youth, criminal justice and educational services.
The programme has also attracted funding from The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, Geo Hallam and Sons Ltd and the Jessie Spencer Fund.
Stapleford Community Group are proud to support Young Potential and are looking forward to future joint ventures.