We are pleased to share the story of Lewis, a very talented graphic designer and animator discovered through the West Gorton Project.
Angeli ‘Angel’ Sweeney has been working West Gorton since November 2011, delivering the Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods DfE funded programme. In April 2012, Guinness Partnership (formerly known as Guinness Northern Counties), tasked GW MSSTT with creating a vision plan for amalgamating youth work on the estate, as there were two distinct groups and youth groups who were not engaging with each other. Since then the newly formed West Gorton Youth Group project has gone from strength to strength, working with young people to support them to become volunteers and active citizens in their own communities.
Members of the Youth Work Support Team (14-21 years) have won multiple awards for volunteering, citizenship and sports. All are either in full time education and/or work, as well as giving up their time for worthy causes. Successful pieces of work include the Eco Fashion Project, volunteering at the local senior citizen home, Street Games and Door Step Sports events, community fun days, Bag Packing fundraising, Young Ambassadors at Commonwealth Games as well as various successful funding bids. The WGYG have received local and national awards and recognition from the Guinness Partnership amongst others.
Lewis has been an active member of the youth group and his since gone on to secure a full time apprenticeship with The Space Project and The Sharp Project marketing team.
See the case study below for the story on how Lewis progressed.
For more information - go to www.sharpfutures.org.uk
To find out how you can get involved, please contact our Youth Project Officer:
Angeli Sweeney // 0161 220 1007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
[Image credit - Lewis Marsh, Sharp Futures]