The group received £4,942, to run a training programme for young people to become young leaders and to gain qualifications to support their future employability. Participants were given training in safeguarding, first aid, food hygiene and GDPR as well as ‘on the job’ experience in food preparation, retail, administration and youth work.

Commenting on the project Jonathan Hubbard, Chair of Trustees at Young Melksham said: “Part of what we do at Young Melksham is to provide opportunities for young people to achieve and shine outside formal education and those taking part in the Young Leader Programme have certainly done that. They have really embraced the opportunity and it has been a real pleasure to watch them gain new skills and experience as well as grow in confidence.

"They are not only great assets to our group, where they now help out at our sessions and fundraise, but also to Melksham itself through the community projects they have worked on. I have no doubt what they have learnt during the programme will help them in both their education and future careers.”

One young person who took part in the training commented “I really enjoyed helping out at the community events; I felt really important. It was great to feel like part of something. I've struggled to fit in at school, so it was nice to feel accepted and part of a team. It has also really helped me with my confidence when talking to others, especially people I don't know.”

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