Face Forward participants successfully complete an intensive personal development programme
This summer, a group of 12 Face Forward participants committed themselves to an intensive four week personal development programme ran by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's professional athletes and Face Forward staff.
The group took part in outdoor physical activities, high ropes, team building exercises and CV and application workshops. They demonstrated a high level of commitment and determination during this programme. The team tasks improved their communication, planning and social skills. As part of the social action project they raised £80 in just four hours by running a car wash, which they used to give back to the community.
The participants used the funds to create hygiene packs for the homeless consisting of tooth brushes, tooth paste, wet wipes, sanitary products and lots more. The packs will be distributed by a homelessness charity in Bournemouth.
Chloe Creed, Face Forward Apprentice, said: "Seeing the progress of each individual was remarkable. Every single one of them did amazing and should be very proud of themselves. They all came together like a family and supported one another through challenging tasks and each participant gained valuable skills for their future."
Face Forward's peer to peer model allows participants to have an apprentice journey with them throughout the course. These apprentices gave participants the support they needed to overcome any emotional, physical, social barriers that may have prevented them from completing the programme.
Rich Parker, the Trust's Athlete Mentor, said: "The Face Forward apprentices were fantastic. The apprentices were able to adapt well to the needs of the situation, be it joining in with a group activity to bring the energy and engagement levels up or having quiet one to ones with individuals who needed some extra support.
Their enthusiasm and work ethic were invaluable to the GOT programme and it would not have been the same without them."
To celebrate the completion of the course, a ceremony was held where each participant was given feedback on their achievements and received a certificate. The programme has given participants the preparation they need for the next step in their journeys to employment, education or training.
Face Forward is passionate about helping young people in Dorset (aged 15-24) move forward with life. As a result of this partnership young people have been given the opportunity to be inspired and to develop the skills needed to improve their futures.
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Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.