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Youth employment project wins Lottery funding

29 March, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

A YOUTH project off Caledonian Road has been awarded more than £220,000 to fund schemes helping young people access work.

Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP) received the money from the National Lottery Community Fund for their project “Who Am I to Work?”, which supports young people to move from counselling to employment opportunities.

Stephen Griffiths, CYP project director, said: “The situation for young people is not great. They need early intervention and there needs to be resources to make a difference which this grant can do.“

The project will now be hiring a senior youth worker and an employability worker, who will work with young people on mentoring schemes, workshops and group counselling sessions.

Up to a quarter of the young people who work with CYP have been excluded from school.

“It becomes quite desperate when you go down that route [exclusion],” said Mr Griffiths. “It doesn’t work. All young people who go through that process bring their mental health into question. That’s where we come in. We fill the gap of where, if young people are out of school, we provide them with that social education that is missing.”

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