Cottsway is offering young people living in their homes the chance to take part in the next Oxfordshire Youth Young Leaders Programme – for FREE!
The housing association has secured backing from the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund to provide four places on the programme for people aged 14-21. They will join 16 other young people from Oxfordshire on the programme to help them develop new skills and improve their career prospects, while having fun.
Vicki Paxford, Cottsway’s Communities Manager, said “This is a fantastic opportunity to support our younger customers, offering them the chance to gain a Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills – which is equivalent to a GCSE.
“Successful applicants will take part in activities such as rock climbing or orienteering while learning leadership skills, which they will then be able to put in to use in their community, school, college or youth group. It’s a fabulous chance to gain confidence and really lift their CV!”
The next Young Leaders Programme starts in March and successful applicants will attend an induction evening, weekend residential course and a follow up study session in Oxford – a bursary of up to £50 will be available to support with travel costs. As part of the course, they also need to lead an activity or take responsibility for something new in their community, school, college or youth group.
Cottsway is West Oxfordshire’s largest housing association, with over 5,100 homes, and Travis Perkins Managed Services provides supplies for its’ repairs and maintenance team. The Travis Perkins Legacy Fund has kindly grant aided this project, allowing Cottsway to offer the places for free.
Martyn Piper, Account Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: “Following a restrictive few months’ with lockdown and home schooling, it’s great to be able to support this project and give a boost to young Cottsway customers. Attending a programme like this could open many doors in the future as it’s recognised nationally and is well regarded by employers, colleges and universities.”
Participants who successfully pass the course will also be invited to attend a graduation ceremony and could go on to train to be a Young Leaders Ambassador, learning new skills and gaining new experiences.
The deadline for applications is Monday 7 February. For more information, and to apply, visit: www.cottsway.co.uk/youngleaders