Build it Stronger
Build It Stronger, funded by the National Lottery, delivered in partnership with We Make Places, worked with young people to teach them basic woodworking skills. From this, they planned, designed, built and installed structures in the community for wider use. Our three groups of young people built an entire workshop, recycling old school tables into workbenches, built their own birdboxes and toolboxes to take home. “It improved my mental health and gave me self-confidence around other people”; “I’m proud of myself” were just two of the feedback comments from the young people. To view our full report and evaluation click here.
This is Me…
This is Me was a 12-day sewing course that taught young women from absolute beginners to be able to design and make their own outfits. Funded by the High Sheriff of Merseyside funding, of those who took part, all reported an increase in their confidence – which led to two young women having the confidence to apply for university, and two more went on to find jobs using their new skills. Feedback included these comments: “I really enjoyed the course. It boosted my self confidence and it taught me not to sweat the small stuff. Many thanks.” “Great course which was run brilliantly”.
Thanks to the Eleanor Rathbone Trust, we ran a 6-week taster course in five different tech-based activities including:
- Micro:bits – micro controllers programmed using coding blocks. The starting point for developing physical computing systems.
- 3D Printing
- T shirt/Mug printing
- Laser cutting – Using digital manufacturing to create personalised wooden objects.
Our latest project is an anti-knife crime project which will see young people from across Merseyside discussing the issues around knife crime – its impact on them and the wider community, resulting in the creation of an anthology of their work – written, photographic or visual – which will be distributed to all schools across Merseyside. Based at the Firefit Hub in Windsor St, Liverpool 8, this is open to any young person – starting on 5th February and ending in June with a big celebration when the book is published. Call us or text us if you are interested – or see Shakur at Firefit.
This is an Erasmus+ project with European partners in France, Greece, Germany and Cyprus to develop a toolkit for youth workers to address rising hate crime – and how young people can develop the skills and confidence to combat this. The project will train youth workers from all partner countries in Germany, and young people will have the opportunity to attend a youth conference in Cyrpus. The project has its own website – youth2unite.com so check us out, find out what we are doing and how you can get involved.
Then get in touch through our Contact Us form. Happy to hear from organisations working with young people and from young people themselves.