A radical online youth project from the Co-operative College is returning to Oldham, boosting skills and opportunity for young with learning difficulties, disabilities and autism.
The Co-operative (ad)Venture project is run by the College and delivered in partnership with Keyring.
Funded through the Workers Educational Authority (WEA) ESFCommunity Grants 2019 – 2021 scheme, the project will get under way on 12 January, running once a week for eight weeks.
Building on the success of the first cohort, the free initiative encourages all participants – who are aged 16-30 – to explore the issues that matter to them, helping them to work together as a group and boosting their future employment opportunities.
Each week, fun, interactive online activities strengthen a range of skills including teamwork and problem solving, while there’s also a focus on connecting participants with a range of local businesses.
Daniel Cox, UK project development manager, said, “We’re really excited to be returning toOldham to host a virtual drop in session ahead of the project officially starting in January. We know that young people have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and that they need support now more than ever, so to be able to run these sessions online is a huge boost.”
Tracey Lloyd, support manager at Keyring ,said, “I feel honoured to work alongside the Cooperative College and the young people on such a fabulous, fun project. We were all a little bit nervous at the start as it was a new experience for us all, running the project virtually.
“I am looking forward to starting again in January 2021.”