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Work experience opportunities on offer in the Bay

6 February 2018
Young people in Torbay have been learning essential employability skills

Torbay young people have been stirring up success for future careers after earning essential employability skills at the Acorn Youth Café.

Acorn Youth Café

Set up and maintained with funding from Sanctuary Housing, the project is based at the Acorn Community Centre in Torquay and offers local young people aged 11 and over the chance to take part in valuable work experience.

Other activities

Youngsters are also welcome to join in with a range of activities such as football and pool, learning how to upcycle furniture and planning and presenting a radio show. Youth workers are on hand to offer support and advice, and signpost to local support services.

“Strength to strength”

Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Since the café was set up in November 2015 it has gone from strength to strength, with different groups of young people benefiting from the services on offer.

“This community-led project helps us to support Bay youngsters in developing skills and accessing training opportunities useful for future employment.”

“Learning important skills”

Marilyn Martin, from the Acorn Centre, added: “We’re delighted with the number of people who come along for each session. Our tailored approach to the café means the young people find it fun to work behind the counter, and they are learning important skills at the same time. All the attendees – whether they choose to take part in the work experience or simply enjoy the varied activities on offer – enjoy themselves and have great fun.”

All Torbay youngsters aged 11 and over are welcome at the Acorn Youth Café, which takes place at the Acorn Community Centre on Lummaton Cross in Torquay every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-9pm. The work experience opportunities are open to all attendees. For more information email info@theacorncentre.org.uk or call 01803 328819.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.