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Oxclose and District Young Peoples Project

Oxclose and District Young Peoples Project

Oxclose and District Young Peoples Project was set up in 2002 by local residents in Washington, Sunderland. It is open seven days a week providing young people with opportunities to socialise and learn in a safe environment. It offers youth club sessions, school holiday activities, outreach and a vast range of projects including ‘Jobs a Goodun’.

The ‘Jobs a Goodun’ project engages hard to reach young people aged 16-19, supporting them over time to develop their confidence and skills so that they are able to access training or employment. The project delivers a number of accredited qualifications in Maths, English and IT to provide young people who did not pass qualifications at school with a second chance to gain the qualifications they need to enter the workplace.

The £47,286 award from the North East Fund will enable Oxclose to continue the ‘Jobs a Goodun’ project and employ two senior youth workers who will focus on helping young people like Rob to be employment ready.

Rob is well known at Oxclose having attended the youth club from a young age. A bereavement at an early age affected his school and personal life and put a strain on his family relationships. Rob spent a lot of evenings ‘sofa surfing’ at friends’ houses.

Rob was keen to gain employment. He updated his CV and made use of the facilities at Oxclose to apply for numerous jobs and to improve his interview skills.

Rob completed an NVQ level two in warehousing skills and has secured a job at a local supermarket. Rob now has his own flat, has recently passed his motorbike CBT test and has been able to purchase a bike which he uses to travel to and from work.

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