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Youth Focus: North East – News update 25/10/18

Our Community Matters – Celebration Event

The event went really well with 90 attending along with our VIP guests, Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, and Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor.

The guest speakers spoke about how loneliness and isolation has not only impacted them personally but those they care for, and how it cuts across all ages and does not discriminate. Leon Mexter, Youth Focus: North East CEO spoke about our extensive work surrounding the topic and how our projects have developed due to this. The evening was fun packed thanks to Stardust Entertainment providing a Magic Mirror Photo booth and a table magician who wowed our guests.

Both Ben Houchen and Barry Coppinger have agreed to support our new ventures with Positively Pally, a new outreach project in Pallister Park, and they have agreed to attend our steering group to speak to the young people.

National Talent Match Conference: Sheffield

Four Talent Match North East Leaders travelled to Sheffield last week to present the #WorkingTogether Employability Charter at the national Talent Match Conference.

Hosted by the Big Lottery Fund and national evaluation partners Sheffield Hallam University, the national Talent Match Conference brought together all 21 programmes from across the country to share their learning and best practice developed over the last five years.
Amber, Callum, Jack and Rachel travelled with staff from Youth Focus: North East, and Programme Manager Helen Evans, Wise Group, to represent the Talent Match North East partnership and share their contribution to the programme’s legacy. In preparation for their presentation, the group suggested creating a video to help introduce the #WorkingTogether Employability Charter, and to further promote their work beyond the Conference. The video is now available on YouTube for partners locally and nationally to watch.
The video shows the journey of the Charter and how the principles and values of Talent Match North East are, and can be, embedded in employability support across the region. You can download a copy of the #WorkingTogether Employability Charter on the Talent Match North East website.

Talent Match is a Big Lottery Fund initiative which aims to test innovative approaches to supporting long term unemployed 18-24 yr-olds access work. A partnership of young people, employers, the third sector and public sector agencies, the programme is managed in the North East by the Wise Group.

#iwill update: Auckland Youth and Community Centre

AYCC in Bishop Auckland are taking part in the national #iwill campaign. They have generated their ideas to help their local area and have decided to make a community garden with a memory tree for people who have passed away, together with a bench so people can have a seat in the garden and chat, and to plant flowers to help the bees in the summer.

The group have joined together as a team and over the next few months plan to work hard to have the garden completed by Christmas. They will then hold an open day for people in the community to come along and enjoy a lovely winter morning in the community garden.

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