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Trailblazing initiative run by The Mix in Stowmarket to help young people 'uncover gifts and skills'




A trailblazing initiative to help young people take their next step into employment, further education or training has received more than £100,000 in funding.

The Together Programme, run by youth charity The Mix in Stowmarket, is being co-funded by Mid Suffolk District Council, Suffolk County Council and paint company PPG.

Through training and one to one coaching, the programme – thought to be the first of its kind in Suffolk – aims to help 15 to 24-year-olds discover their true value as well as build confidence, motivation and resilience onto the next step in their life.

Cllr Gordon Jones (Suffolk County Council), Sophie Tapscott (Together Programme youth worker) and Chloe Davis (Together Programme partnership co-ordinator), Mike Walsh and Tony Ragosta (PPG) and Cllr Gerard Brewster (Mid Suffolk District Council) (7132460)
Cllr Gordon Jones (Suffolk County Council), Sophie Tapscott (Together Programme youth worker) and Chloe Davis (Together Programme partnership co-ordinator), Mike Walsh and Tony Ragosta (PPG) and Cllr Gerard Brewster (Mid Suffolk District Council) (7132460)

Rae Warner, Together Project director, said: “In the planning of this programme we used our vast experience of working with young people, many of which had limiting beliefs about themselves and lack of hope for their future.

“We wanted to create a more holistic approach in supporting young people not in employment, education or training. A significant part of our programme is around one to one coaching and supporting them in a change of mindset and to help them uncover their gifts and skills.”

Before joining The Mix, Mrs Warner helped her husband run his business STC Teamwear, which is based in Stowmarket, and has experience of recruiting young people, interviewing and mentoring many apprentices.

She is looking for businesses to give their input on what they are looking for when they employ young people as well as companies which can offer work experience and mentoring.

“With the exciting possibilities of projects such as the Stowmarket Tech Hub and Gateway 14, a new business and logistics park in Stowmarket, we want to ensure we are supporting young people to make the most of these new opportunities,” Mrs Warner said.

“Working together we believe we can help young people to make life changing steps.”

The programme has received £40,000 from Mid Suffolk District Council, £25,000 from Suffolk County Council and about £23,000 from PPG.

It has also benefited from £18,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Mike Walsh, PPG Stowmarket plant manager, said they recognised the importance of growing young people's self-confidence and 'maximising their opportunities as they enter the labour market'.

Those who are interested should call The Mix on 01449 745130 or email chloe.davis@themixstowmarket.co.uk



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