The Enterprise Education Foundation has secured a small grant through the National Lottery’s Awards for All small grants scheme to develop a young people’s democracy group for Corby.
The idea for the project came from work undertaken by the Corby-based Community Interest Company in 2011.
Working with Rockingham Racing Circuit, 26 young people aged between 15 and 18 supported the delivery of a conference and an inter-active careers day, which attracted more than 700 young people from across the Midlands. Both events were inspired by the Governments See Inside Manufacturing initiative which focused on the automotive industry.
Graham Lloyd, director with the Enterprise Education Foundation, said: “We were so impressed with the young people’s input that we decided that we wanted to develop a young people’s group for Corby. We discussed it with those who helped us and have been busy trying to find the funding to support the idea since then.
“The funding is limited, but will cover the cost of a residential weekend where young people will look at the group’s identity, how it will run and decide on how to spend a budget for a small project. There is also funding to cover the cost of a number of other meetings this year.”
A hotel in Derbyshire has been booked for the residential weekend during the October half-term school holiday and the foundation is now looking to recruit up to 14 young people, aged between 15 and 25, to get involved.
Mr Lloyd said: “The foundation is keen to hear from young people who have something to say and who are committed to working with us to develop the group.
“We want the group to become the voice of young people in Corby and for its members to have their say about the issues that affect them and the communities they live in. This will be their group and we will be there to support it.”
Those interested can contact Mr Lloyd on 07775 616001 or the foundations other directors, Chris Goodwin and Louise Rustage, on 01536 270030.