Penwith Pathways to Employment get their skates on
In a unique initiative to engage young people in Penzance, Penwith Pathways is organising a skateboarding experience with them on Wednesday 14 August.
The mobile skatepark, more recently seen at Pendeen, is coming to Humphry Davy School for a day. Skateboarders will be able to develop and show off their skills, and also take part in consultation about the possibility of a tailor-made skateboard facility in the Treneere area. The mobile park can accommodate up to 60 skateboarders at any time and will be up and running from 12.00 until 17.00.
The event is being arranged by Jo Howard, one of Penwith Pathways 2 specialist community development workers. She explained: "The Pathways project is all about those very first steps which begin to make people feel valued in their community, that they can make a difference. From there we can go on to support them on the path towards training and work. I have worked with local young people to design the poster to advertise the event, and they will be getting others to fill in questionnaires on the day. By getting the young people to contribute ideas about what they want their skatepark to have, they begin to feel some ownership and have an involvement in the future of their area."
Penwith Pathways is headed by Fergus Murray, general manager of Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change. He said: "We’re working in some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the district, reaching out to people who feel they have been overlooked and stand the least chance of ever having something rewarding and fulfilling to do. Involving young people is a vital first step towards opening up pathways to employment. After all, today’s youth are tomorrow’s citizens. They are important members of the community."
Penwith Pathways to Employment is funded by the Cornwall and Scilly Objective One programme and the Cornwall Action Team (CAT). Funding for the skate park day has come from the Penwith and Kerrier Community Chest fund.
Fergus Murray, General Manager
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, 01209 219246 or
Barbara Smith, PR Adviser, 01736 786421
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