06/06/2017

Photo taken at the first aid session run as part of the training

Six Town Housing is currently delivering a brand new 2-month training programme for 13 to 16 year olds living within the borough, who have been referred to Milltown House (part of Bury’s Secondary Pupil Referral Unit) as they are unable to attend a mainstream school for a variety of issues.

The programme aims to provide attendees with essential life skills, promote community involvement and help prepare them for the workplace.

It includes sessions and workshops that cover topics including drugs, alcohol and sexual health (run by local charity Early Break), first aid training and mental health awareness (run by Young Healthy Minds). The programme also includes a community project where the group works together to deliver activities to benefit those living in local sheltered housing schemes, and encourages further volunteering following its completion.

Young people currently accessing the programme all live with their parents and guardians within social housing properties managed by Six Town Housing on behalf of Bury Council. It is being run through their Steps To Success (S2S) employment service, which aims to support tenants into work.

Sharon McCambridge, Chief Executive at Six Town Housing, said, “The aim of the programme is to offer another chance to young people who are no longer receiving traditional education, helping them pick up essential skills and encouraging them to make changes which will have a positive impact on their future. It offers them another chance so that they are not left behind and addresses important matters while they are teenagers that otherwise might have become greater issues in adulthood.”

Youth Work staff from Milltown House said, “In conjunction with work already being done via Milltown House, the programme has proved to be successful in building strong relationships between pupils and Six Town Housing colleagues. This is enabling our students to access other services that are available via Six Town Housing, such as employment support, apprenticeships and signposting to further education.”

The current training programme started in May, with a second programme due to commence in September.

Photos note: The photo was taken at the first aid session.

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