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Project helps young women

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Hemsworth District Partnership Awareness - Hemsworth Town Council Offices, Hemsworth, England - 250314 - Diane Cartwright with members of the groups involved.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Hemsworth District Partnership Awareness - Hemsworth Town Council Offices, Hemsworth, England - 250314 - Diane Cartwright with members of the groups involved.

Young women in Hemsworth have been given an opportunity to gain skills and qualifications through the Big Lottery-funded Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) programme.

A group of around 18 women and girls will be painting and decorating the front reception and main hall of 1 Bank Street – the current home of the Hemsworth and District Partnership.

They will be mentored and trained by local tradespeople as part of the scheme, which is backed by City and Guilds.

VIY is a social action programme supporting young people to renovate youth clubs and community spaces while learning skills from older mentors in the building and construction trade.

The young people can also gain City and Guilds qualifications through the scheme.

The young women from Hemsworth, who are currently having difficulties at home or school, are all part of a Friday night group run by the district partnership and supported by Young Lives.

They are the first all-female group to take part in the VIY scheme, which has been made possible by a £940,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The tools and materials for the renovation have been donated by Wickes.

Diane Cartwright, youth work leader at the partnership, said: “I was delighted to be asked to take part in the VIY project.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our girls to get together and gain skills they will use in the future.

“They are very excited.”

Visit www.volunteerityourself.org for more information.

 

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