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Point have been supporting young people in the north of Pembrokeshire since 2001 and at their recent open day I had a chat to Jessica, Community Project Manager and Darren Davies, Youth Support Outreach Worker about the Open day and what plans they have for the future ( 2019)
“ It’s been a great turnout so far with people as young as 10 and as old as in their 90’s,” Jessica told me. The coffee Bar was certainly humming with a constant stream of local people coming to have their say about what they consider Points strengths are, as well as what they think might look at next.
“ We are continuing with our intergenerational work,” Jessica told me when I asked for an update. Our film on St Nicolas was premiered at Theatr Gwaun, and was a great success. Our internet safety workshops has raised a lot of interest, and the Digi Champions is going well on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, with young people showing , mainly older people how to get the best out of their phones and tablets etc. We are also about to start another round of recruiting mentors. There will be an introduction to that on the 28th August. Our young peoples choir has brought delight, singing to older people in local homes too.”
Jess goes on to explain that POINT have also been providing a great deal of employability support for young people , predominantly between the ages of 16 and 25.
“Point don’t just look at getting people into work.” She explains, “Our programme looks at each individuals needs and the barriers they may be facing finding and keeping jobs. This includes also looking at general life skills. We work in groups or one to one, whichever suits the person and the situation”.
Darren Davies spoke about the range of services and support young people can expect to be offered. “ It’s not just about jobs. We can provide advice and signposting on just about anything someone might bring including mental health issues, housing, and problems at home.”
With Hang Out sessions, a new website launching on the 19th August, Drop in sessions and a range of other options Point seem to have it covered.
BUT what do you think about what has been working and what might be the next project for this enterprising team to take on ?
Have your say by following the link below, or calling in to the Point office for a questionnaire. You have the chance to win a £25 voucher for your trouble.
POINT: Fishguard and Goodwick Young Person’s Trust Ltd
The Old Printworks, Parc-y-Shwt, Fishguard, SA65 9AP
T: 01348 871887 M: 07879534714