Last Thursday (23 August), Catalyst Gateway’s summer youth project, The Way Forward,came to a close with a showcase finale. Over 267 local people joined in the celebrations at The Windmill Park Community Centre where 47 young people were awarded for their achievements and showcased the skills they had developed over the summer.
The Way Forward is a community-lead project for Windmill Park residents, giving young people the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities during the school holidays. The project offers workshops on IT skills, fashion design, multimedia and music making. Put together with the help of young people in the area, The Way Forward Project helps build self esteem and confidence in young people within a caring, safe and fun environment.
Uniquely the project offers work experience and volunteering opportunities to all young people aged 16 and over. Members of the community can get involved and offer their skills or learn new ones to support the The Way Forward.
Following the project, Catalyst Gateway will work closely with all volunteers to continue their personal development and support them in furthering their career in youth work. We will also liaise with our employment and training advice team to ensure further support for the project’s volunteers.
Catalyst Gateway will provide further volunteering opportunities in similar environments for young people throughout the rest of the year.
Sean Ely a volunteer on the project said:
‘The Way Forward Project is not only a fun project, but it offers opportunity to older young people, it gives you something positive to do with your time, you can learn new skills and support a good cause, I would love for the project to come back sooner than next year.’