Minding the Gap was delighted to launch its first regional hub this month. Taking place at the Quaker Centre in Bury St Edmunds, the hubs are monthly gatherings of participants who are taking part in the programme.
The idea behind the hubs was to ease the pressure on the key worker’s time. They have been providing 1-1 support to the young people and the hubs allow us to support more than one participant at the same time, freeing up the key workers time to allow more people to come through the scheme.
An additional benefit of the hubs is the social aspect. Participants are able to meet with people in the same, or similar, situation to them. This gives them an opportunity for social interaction with people their own age and also build friendships, as well as gain social and communications skills. It is also a great place for networking amongst each other to share tips and stories with each other.
Minding the Gap has helped hundreds of Suffolk based youngsters (aged 15-24) get back into employment, education or training by providing free targeted and intensive support.
Led by Community Action Suffolk, ‘Minding the Gap’ works with Suffolk based partners and are funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.
Further hubs are planned next month in Haverhill and Ipswich. The target is to run hubs in all the major towns in Suffolk to bring the project to the places where people live.
For further information contact Matty Steward on 07423 774666 or [email protected]