Young People Celebrate Success At Launching Youth Group

7th March 2016 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

A group of young people are celebrating after successfully setting up a social enterprise and completing an accreditation in Introductory Committee Skills. 

Six young people have gained a Level 1 AQA accreditation in Introductory Committee Skills and have successfully set up a voluntary organisation. Spring into Phab is a user led social enterprise that will provide a range of activities for people with and without learning disabilities from the age of 8 and up to age 30.

The group have been meeting weekly with youth workers from Spring into Action since October, thanks to funding from Lancashire County Council and the Bibas Foundation. They have been learning the skills required to run a successful enterprise and have been working hard to set up a real committee and launch a youth club. They have affiliated to the national charity Phab, and held their first committee meeting in November. They have opened a community bank account and have managed to secure some funding to cover start up overheads such as insurance costs.

Today they celebrate their first achievement of completing the Level one accreditation and were presented with certificates by Spring into Action Director, Rachael McHugh.

The group are also on course to achieve their Business Enterprise Project accreditation and are soon to launch 'inclusive dance workshops with the charity, Dancesyndrome, for ages 11-25 years, thanks to funding secured by Spring into Action on their behalf, from Lancashire Sport.

Jonathan Leach (19) said: “I enjoy coming every week and have learned new skills. I am very happy that I got a qualification for it so I can get a good chance of getting a job in the future.”

Sam Womack (21) said: “This project has helped me work as part of a team and has helped me to gain confidence.”

Bradley Wilson (22) said: “I have enjoyed everything about it the planning and I am looking forward to opening our dance sessions in May.”

Rachael McHugh said: “It’s great to see the commitment this group of young people have. They have taken on key roles on the committee such as chairperson, treasurer and secretary and this first accreditation is well deserved.

“Spring into Action will continue to support the group as they launch activity sessions, which are expected to start in early May. The next step is to secure some further funding to enable the group to continue to offer activities to people in the Ribble Valley and surrounding areas.”

If you are interested in joining the club and dance sessions, please get in touch with Rachael today on 07960 428701 or email phab@spring-projects.co.uk.

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