Harmony youth project's plea for help to expand

From left, Farida Proudman, of CFU Ltd,  Christopher Bluff, Miranda McLoughlin, aged 15, and project leader Charlie Barrett

From left, Farida Proudman, of CFU Ltd, Christopher Bluff, Miranda McLoughlin, aged 15, and project leader Charlie Barrett

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

AN organisation which helps young people to fulfil their ambitions is appealing to local business to help it expand.

Harmony Youth Project’s drop-in job club and cyber cafe for school-leavers has proved so successful that it needs to employ additional support workers to cope with demand.

The job club is aimed at those in their teens to early 20s — particularly those classed as vulnerable and at risk of falling into drugs and crime.

They are helped to improve their job prospects by receiving support on writing CVs, interview techniques and gaining qualifications at Harmony Youth Project or in college.

Charlie Barrett, who runs the organis-ation, said: “CFU Ltd in Albion Mill have donated two high spec computers to the club which will make a massive difference to young people who are interested in web design, graphic design or other computer-based careers to put together their portfolio, and help them with their courses.

“We now really need the help of more local businesses to help more young people. More funding would allow us to offer more courses, provide support workers to help these young people, especially those who have been left disillusioned with education, and those at risk of falling into crime.”

Mr Barrett said that the job club provided support and was less intimidating than the job centre.

He said: “We have had so many successes since starting the club a year ago with young people getting into the fields they want to — we know these young people and help them back into education or work. They can come here socialise and get the support they need.”

Mr Barrett added: “We need the help of local businesses. There used to be funding for projects like this but not anymore, and it is the hardest I have ever know it for charities.

“This is a way for organisations which are doing well to put something back into the community.”

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