Our North Kent community project in August, funded by the Coyler Ferguson Charitable Trust, saw us partner with Kent Youth Justice Board to positively engage young people in their community, develop their practical construction skills and inspire them to progress into their careers.
We delivered an informative 5-day project to our young people in Swanscombe, where they were able to learn from industry volunteers who gave their expertise and guidance to help construct a viewing decking for the local community.
During the project, the participants worked collaboratively on a new skill each day which helped to construct the decking; from groundwork to carpentry and joinery, the young people demonstrated a real desire and motivation to create a peaceful spot where locals are able to admire the beauty of the surrounding area.
On the final day, both the Mayor of Swanscombe and the CEO of Elliot Group, visited the project and were incredibly impressed with the skill displayed in the craftsmanship of the viewing platform. We are so proud of what the participants achieved, they showed immense dedication and commitment to this amazing community project! This experience gave everyone involved a real insight into trades roles, while also providing the chance to find out the breadth of opportunities available to them.
The whole experience was unique, I really enjoyed teaching the young people and seeing their willingness to get stuck in from the beginning of the project. The biggest achievement was on Friday, when everything was finished and seeing the completion of the decking. It was a big satisfaction for the young people and me! - Teo from Property Crew
Following the completion of this project, we will support the participants in achieving their CSCS card, which is vital for starting a site or trades career in construction. Furthermore, participants can also undertake some work experience with industry professionals if they enjoyed the project.
Finally, a massive thanks to Elliot Group, the Property Crew and Delego; it was fantastic for the participants to meet our industry professionals who helped bridge the gap between our young people and the world of professional work. This experience will help with their future endeavours as they were able to learn transferrable skills which can be applied into the world of work. We are also incredibly grateful for the support of Heather Syers, Director at Delego, who has helped organise this immersive week. As well as the Swanscombe council and the Mayor of Swanscombe for coming down to support the young people.