Dream, Aspire, Believe and Achieve
One Haverhill Partnership’s Youth Skills Department is led by Karen Chapple and her apprentice Dan Cooke. Based at the Haverhill Arts Centre, they provide a wealth of opportunities to support young people, 13-24 years, of Haverhill and the surrounding areas in reaching their full potential. They are passionate about improving the outcomes for young people.
For Karen and Dan, the young person comes first. This is achieved by: -
- Understanding the individual by breaking down barriers, in a kind, respectful and laid-back atmosphere.
- Finding and setting achievable targets and working out how best to achieve them.
- Guiding and encouraging the young person towards opportunities for success.
- Working with other organisations to signpost them for additional support.
- Highlighting the achievements of young people in the Haverhill area.
Whether it is taking the first step into employment, finding the right apprenticeship opportunity or improving on a CV - Karen and Dan are here to help.
The Youth Skills Department offers and supports a variety of different projects, which regularly change throughout the year. Their main projects include:
- Job Club/CV Writing Club – 1-to-1 support, for young people, in applying for jobs, writing CV and preparation for job interviews.
- Apprenticeship Project – advising and encouraging young people to explore apprenticeships and supporting them through the process of becoming an apprentice.
- Volunteer Support – encouraging young people to participate in volunteering opportunities to gain valuable experience and an insight into the world of work.
- SignPost, Wellbeing Project – support projects offering a safe space for 16-24-year olds who have a variety of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem issues.
- Junior SignPost, Youth Wellbeing Project – working with local schools to offer support in taster sessions for 13-16-year olds who have a variety of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem issues.