Endings and New Beginnings for POINT
POINT has been hard at work with the young people of North Pembrokshire aged 10- 25 since 2001. Providing a great deal of support, it looks at the needs of young people and the barriers they may be facing around employability and developing life skills. It creates space to meet and helps develop confidence and wellbeing through a range of projects across North Pembrokeshire.
One such project, POINT Across Communities (PAC), has included intergenerational activities, mentoring, and Digi Champs. It is just coming to the end of its three-year funding.
Helen Bingham, PAC manager, tells us: “We are proud of the achievements we have made and, as you probably know, Digi Champs won community group of the year and a highly recommended at the PAVS awards.
“The mentoring has gone from strength to strength and will continue as part of our new project. Some young people have been helped immensely by their mentors with emotional support, help with employment and general support in daily life activities. The new project, Nurturing the Future, will focus on emotional and mental wellbeing, so the mentoring will be an important part of this.”
Helen continued: “We have to provide evidence of the project’s success, but our annual open day couldn’t happen because of the lockdown, so we invited a few people to do an interview about what POINT means to them, and what has been learned.
“The Mayor and Deputy Mayor each gave an interview, as they have both used digital champions, along with one of our lovely mentors and some of the young people themselves.”
Helen urged: “Do take a few minutes to sit down and have a listen to the young people from POINT. The volunteer mentors and the Fishguard and Goodwick community members talking about the project makes for such good listening, painting a picture as to what we are all about. Even the schools have fed back as to how proud they are of them.
“We are confident in the positive difference that these kind of intergenerational projects make.”
A huge thank you to the young people – Kara, Dion, Kai and also to Jackie Stokes, Sharon McCarney and Aelwen Morris – they were all amazing!!”
To listen to the audio, click on the link below or go to the POINT website.
Thanks to POINT and to:
Helen Bingham, PAC manager
POINT: Fishguard and Goodwick Young Person’s Trust
The Old Printworks, Parc-y-Shwt, Fishguard SA65 9AP
01348 871887/07415 002265