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City West helps to transform furniture and lives for Salford youths

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Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education

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City West Housing Trust is giving young people not in employment, education or training in Salford the chance to ‘up-cycle’ their futures by renovating old furniture.

The landlord is announcing its 12 month Transformers training scheme after securing funding through the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Inspiring Enterprise programme.

A group of 20 young people who are not in employment, education or training will learn how to up-cycle and re-sell old furniture, with the aim to inspire them to utilise the business skills they have learnt to go on and create their own ventures.

Viv Simon, Head of Enterprise at City West, said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in securing this funding.

“It will allow us to evolve and sharpen our offer to some of the most marginalised young people in our communities, embedding practical skills and promoting self-employment as a sustainable and achievable opportunity.”

The aspiring entrepreneurs joining the programme will take part in a course to learn the skills needed to sustain a venture – including team working, negotiation, communication, problem solving and IT – and visit up-cycling businesses to learn how to salvage and re-decorate furniture.

After getting to grips with their trade, the group will go on to create a pop-up stall to sell the furniture, with City West helping them to sustain the business by offering advice on marketing and how to sell their products.

Viv adds: "We are really excited about the possibility of helping young people in Salford make money from what others would class as junk, along with fostering a ‘can do’ attitude and entrepreneurial spirit. Thanks to RBS, we will be able to help invigorate the local economy.”

The scheme is open to anyone aged 18 - 24 who is currently not in education, training or employment or has a history of offending and wants to turn their life around.

If you are interested in taking part in City West’s Transformers project, please get in touch with the Commercial Team at City West on 0161 605 7750 or alternatively email enterprise@citywest.org.uk

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