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Skills in the Community Roadshow launches across Plymouth

Every Wednesday throughout August, the Skills Launchpad Plymouth team will be hosting events across the city to promote engaging and fun learning opportunities with local residents. There will be free activities for everyone who drops by and for all the family to enjoy, including face painting, hair and beauty demos, playdoh activities, pot decorating and seed planting, as well as the chance to speak with local training and community support organisations.

The community roadshow will launch on Wednesday 3 August at the Plymouth Foyer, Octagon Street in Stonehouse between 11am and 2pm.

Jenny Endean, Young Person Service Development Manager from Livewest said: “We are really excited and proud to be supporting and promoting the community roadshows which kick off at our Foyer. This is a great opportunity for our residents to find out what city-wide partners have to offer which will help them to see their potential and reach their dreams. Working with all our partners in a collaborative manner is the only way we can respond to the many challenges faced by young people in our communities and to make our city an even better place to live where all young people have a bright future.”

The following week the community roadshow will pop-up at Marine Academy in St Budeaux (10 August), then move onto the East End Community Centre in Cattedown (17 August), Market Hall in Devonport (24 August) and finally conclude at YMCA Plymouth in Honicknowle (31 August).

Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Children and Young People said: “Our Skills in the Community Roadshow offers a brilliant opportunity to engage with local people in their home locations. These events have purposefully been pitched as ‘fun, fun, fun’ events rather than ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’. We hope these informal settings will create opportunities for young people and adults alike to have conversations with providers which we hope could lead to upskilling, training and education opportunities - in turn increasing their employability and support taking steps towards realising employment opportunities.”

The delivery partners involved with the Community Roadshow include Achievement Training, Argyle Community Trust, Bill’s Boys, Bonnie’s Brunch, Building Plymouth, Care Journeys, Citizens Advice, City College Plymouth, Clarion Housing, CSW Group, Devon Mind, Discovery College, East End Development Trust, Eat that Frog, Greenlight Safety and Training, Groundworks South, Livewest, Making Carers Count, Marine Academy Plymouth, On Course South West, Outset, Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth’s Health and Care Skills Partnership, Prince’s Trust, RIO, Shekinah, Skills Launchpad Plymouth, SMART Skills, South West Water, Sovereign Housing Association, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Train4All, YMCA Plymouth, Young Devon.

The Skills in the Community Roadshow will take place throughout the summer at:

  • Plymouth Foyer in Stonehouse, on Wednesday 3 August, 11am to 2pm

  • Marine Academy in St Budeaux , on Wednesday 10 August, 11am to 2pm

  • East End Community Centre in Cattedown, on Wednesday 17 August, 11am to 2pm

  • Market Hall in Devonport, on Wednesday 24 August, 11am to 2pm

  • YMCA Plymouth in Honicknowle, on Wednesday 31 August, 11am to 2pm

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