Kent High Sheriff Alastair Colgrain and his wife Bella who chairs Kent Community Foundation – aka Lord and Lady Colgrain – visited the Horizon Project TN2, along with other VIPs recently on a ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit. They were joined by other trustees of Kent Community Foundation as well as their CEO Carol Lynch and Development Manager Annette Fettes.
The Horizon Project offers plumbing, metalwork, carpentry and joinery skills together with individual one-to-one support for disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 25.
Horizon is currently helping around 70 young people a year on full or part time courses, in 3 workshops, as well as “Taster Days” and shorter courses. Most trainees are aged 14 to 16, 60% have been excluded from school and a further 20% are in danger of exclusion. 90% have Maths and English skills problems and Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD issues. Training is designed to meet their individual needs and can start at any time throughout the year.
The High Sheriff has great interest in training young people so was very interested to see the Horizon Project in action. During their visit they meet trainees and tutors working together, spoke to managers, tutors, mentors, youth workers and apprentices and also enjoyed the ‘Vehicle for Change’ van experience; which is designed to Engage, Equip and Empower young people. They heard from CEO Rob Marsh about all the projects and learnt about the journey young people go on with support from West Kent YMCA.
The part the Horizon Project plays in many young people’s transition is vital, the visitors were impressed by the trainees they meet, who were all still in their first week of term so may have been slightly nervous! The visit was a great success, the rain even held off for the van tour and everyone had very positive feedback from the VIPs.
If you would like to visit any of our projects, volunteer with us or take part in a sponsored activity to fundraise for our amazing projects just get in touch on friends@WestKentYMCA.org.uk