Two Fixers, determined to help young people get off the streets and back into work, have secured £8,000 in funding to begin their drop-in centre.
Taunton-based Fixers Jayden Neville-Moore and Jonathan Monger (both 21) have also been offered a location for the Youth Action Project (YAP) by Taunton Deane Borough Council.
Their drop-in centre on the Halcon estate, Taunton, will be aimed at young people aged 16-25 and will offer space for them to socialise with each other, and will include a training area for topics such as computer skills.
The grant from the Council will be used to fund costs of the premises, run workshops, and buy equipment for the centre.
Jayden and Jon hope that the centre, which will initially be run as a pilot scheme, can be open and running as soon as June.
Jayden says: ‘Once we confirm with the council that we’re pleased with the premises, we will be good to go.
‘As part of the agreement to run the centre, we will be running a minimum of eight training courses in things like first aid and hygiene at work.
‘Many people on the estate do not have qualifications, so we hope these courses will get them ready to get back into work and give them something to do in their spare time.’
But Jayden and Jon hope this drop-in centre will be more than a one-off and they aim to spread their campaign even further around Taunton.
‘In the long term, we hope we can train some of the older people at the centre to run the centre themselves, giving us time to go to another estate in Taunton to help another set of young people.’
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