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First steps in youth training taken with Sanctuary Housing


Published by Sophie Middleton for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing

Torbay residents standing proud with their training certificates Torbay residents standing proud with their training certificates

Residents in Torbay have taken their first steps in youth worker training, thanks to a six week programme organised by Sanctuary Housing.

Residents came together to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into the free volunteering training sessions that provided the skills needed to work with local youngsters and vulnerable adults. Insightful guidance was delivered to encourage the promising individuals to make a positive impact in their community, while increasing both confidence and career prospects.  

The multi-skilled workshop adopted a practical approach through team building exercises, role play activity and group work discussions covering a wide range of key topics. These included introduction to youth work, equality and diversity, rights and responsibilities, working as a team and much more.

Sanctuary Housing was keen to roll out the six week programme to help build the capacity of community and voluntary organisations that they’re heavily involved with, as well as rely on for community investment projects for their residents in the local area.

The housing provider joined forces with their close networks in the neighbourhood, Torbay Children’s and Youth Services, Youth Genesis Trust and Hele’s Angels, to help deliver the workshop to local residents. 

Alison Kenny, Sanctuary’s community development manager, said: “The training was a great success and all residents involved showed great determination from start to end.

“It’s fantastic that we were able to call on our strong ties in the community to offer a free service to overcome a recurring pattern for the need for youth worker volunteers.”

Chris Forster, neighbourhood manager at Hele’s Angels – a neighbourhood project supported by Sanctuary Housing, added: “We are all hoping the volunteers will find suitable employment and the experience gained will be a stepping stone for future ventures.”

All residents who completed the six week training workshop were rewarded with a certificate to acknowledge their hard work and new-found expertise.



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