Residents in Torbay have taken their first steps in youth worker training, thanks to a six week programme organised by Sanctuary Housing.
The free volunteering training sessions provided the skills needed to work with local youngsters and vulnerable adults. Insightful guidance was delivered to encourage the promising individuals to make a positive impact in their community, while increasing both confidence and career prospects.
Sanctuary Housing was keen to roll out the six week programme to help build the capacity of community and voluntary organisations that they’re heavily involved with, as well as rely on for community investment projects for their residents in the local area.
The housing provider joined forces with their close networks in the neighbourhood, Torbay Children’s and Youth Services, Youth Genesis Trust and Hele’s Angels, to help deliver the workshop to local residents.
Alison Kenny, Sanctuary’s community development manager, said: “It’s fantastic that we were able to call on our strong ties in the community to offer a free service to overcome a recurring pattern for the need for youth worker volunteers.”
Chris Forster, neighbourhood manager at Hele’s Angels – a neighbourhood project supported by Sanctuary Housing, added: “We are all hoping the volunteers will find suitable employment and the experience gained will be a stepping stone for future ventures.”
All residents who completed the six week training workshop were rewarded with a certificate to acknowledge their hard work and new-found expertise.