Course is changing lives

Coun Chris Maughan
Coun Chris Maughan
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HOMELESS people who have completed a programme of aspiration-boosting activities will be recognised at an event at Blackpool Football Club tonight.

Twelve young people from Bay House and The Foyer residential schemes in Blackpool volunteered for the Going For Gold project which saw them work to improve teamwork, creativity and self-esteem.

The six-week project was carried out with help from Blackpool Primary Care Trust and Streetwise Youth, as well as local companies, 2Engage, Groundworks North West and Corporate Boot Camp.

Activities ranged from specialist military team building exercises at Whyndyke Farm, Marton, to educational classes about drugs, alcohol and sexual health.

Other classes included theatre and arts workshops and allotments sessions, to help participants learn about growing their own food.

Participant Danny Pilkington, 24, said: “I’ve been on the Going the Gold project for six weeks – and it has been fantastic.

“I’ve made lots of friends with some of the guys from Blackpool Foyer and the whole project has hugely increased my confidence.”

Coun Chris Maughan, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for younger people, told The Gazette: “For a lot of these people, their personal life is difficult, and as a result of this they can lose the confidence in themselves that is needed to get back on track.

“Along with the added self esteem, this project should help to make a real difference to these people’s lives.”