To provide work experience, training and development opportunities in a youth-led ‘Coffee and Music House’ (and social enterprise incubator) at the heart of the High Street; serving as a resource to improve disadvantaged young people’s chances in life.
Young people will access work experience, formal and informal training, and opportunities to develop ideas, in a supportive environment. We aim to:
• Reduce the negative mental health and well being impact of long term unemployment.
• Develop the transferable business skills of young people, with a focus on social impact, and offer opportunities for young people to create employment through the development of enterprises.
• Empower more young people to share skills and experience with adults/business mentors.
• Encourage young people to mix with and learn from outside of their usual peer group, recognising the value of different experiences
• Deliver inter-generational activity, conversation - breaking down barriers in the community
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Maybe the death knoll just sounded for our town centre with the confirmation of an out of town retail development. But there's some of us who believe this could just be the beginning for the High Street. A flourishing alternative High Street, where independents thrive and people travel to visit it, to find things that just aren't available at your (insert generic retailer here) store. The cafe will serve as a resource to develop young people, but also for the whole community to use. A place where the arts come alive, where the community gather for performances, exhibitions and to celebrate and recognise our differences and our younger generation, representing a new life for the High Street. This will be the hub from which empty shops come alive, as we support young people to develop their own enterprises and inject new blood, enthusiasm and above all sound business ideas into our local economy.
Steps to get it done:
The project offers tangible work experience alongside employability workshops. These have a symbiotic relationship, providing the opportunity to put into practice and reinforce the development that takes place. The project provides opportunities for youth-led action - supporting young people to take the lead is an effective tool for engagement, because projects spring from their passions and interests. Focussing the 'business start-up' on social enterprise fosters a culture of social responsibility and therefore a stronger community; of young people working together to address problems. The focus on skill sharing across stereotypical divides (e.g. class/age) encourages a sense of belonging to a wider community.
We've already delivered three successful social enterprises that stunned the streets of scunny!
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