Euro cash gives Cornish teens a second chance

Fifteen underachieving youngsters in danger of exclusion from mainstream education are to be given a new chance thanks to Objective One.

The European funding (£22,129) is going towards a partnership between Camborne, Pool, Redruth Success Zone, The Dreadnought Centre and three local secondary schools. It will give opportunities to a group of young people with behavioural and emotional problems usually effecting teachers and peers. Schools in the area will identify students from year 8 who would benefit from the programme.

The project will deliver a fun learning environment designed to boost self-esteem, raise aspirations and achievement. It is hoped that the end result will be to improve the teenagersí chances of being employable in the future, and more immediately, to help them fit back into the classroom environment.

The project is being co-ordinated by Work Related Learning Team Leader, Alan Rowling: "These youngsters are at a crucial stage in their development. At this age, any disruption to their education can cause problems for the rest of their lives. The project aims to improve their prospects for the future before it is too late. Without a scheme like this, they could end up unemployable and without a chance to make something of their lives."

The youngsters will be involved in a range of creative-based activities at The Dreadnought Centre in Pool. It has been running for 30 years, but this will be the first time that a group of children from three separate schools will work together over a whole year.

The centre manager is Graham Perrins: "The aim is to enable them to stay in school and see it as a valuable experience as opposed to a place to put up with. This is about providing the youngsters with skills for life, identifying their feelings, managing anger, and developing their communication skills."


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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
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