The New Leaf programme aims to enable 2,800 people in Cheshire to move closer to employment.
The project has been allocated funding of £10.6 million through the Building Better Opportunities programme and is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery (through the Big Lottery Fund) to provide investment in local projects that increase economic development by supporting skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration.
As a partner of the New Leaf Programme, Warrington Youth Club will support people aged 16-25 with a disability by allocating a mentor to work closely with the young person to create a personalised Action Plan of projects, training and education. This may include Personal Development Programmes to increase confidence and social skills, as well as more specific courses in Volunteering, Employability and Enterprise.
Our aim is for all participants to improve their skills and understanding of the employment market and increase their chances of volunteering, gaining meaningful work experience and getting a job. As part of New Leaf, the young people will gain access to a wide range of other local services which can offer support around Mental & Physical Health, Finance, Benefits and Housing.
The programme will run between July 2018 and September 2019. Each young person’s experience will be unique, but we expect participants to spend between 3 and 12 months on the New Leaf programme. The sessions will be delivered in various locations across Warrington, with transport and access for young people and families a key consideration.
New Leaf brings together partners from across Warrington and Cheshire to change lives, create opportunities and make a positive contribution to local communities and the regional economy.
To become a New Leaf participant with WYC, you should meet the following criteria:
- Be aged between 16 and 25 years old
- Live within the Borough of Warrington
- Have a disability, learning difficulty or additional needs
If you would like more information about the New Leaf programme, please contact:
Sam Barnett, New Leaf Co-ordinator on 01925 909 660 / 07718 565 466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org