Youth magazine gets £3k backing from PCC

By Swindon Link - 14 November 2019

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  • The Wiltshire High Sheriff David Scott, Sadie Sharp from The Platform Project and PCC Mr Angus Macpherson

    The Wiltshire High Sheriff David Scott, Sadie Sharp from The Platform Project and PCC Mr Angus Macpherson

A youth magazine focusing on social issues has been recognised by Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Angus Macpherson - and given a big boost.

Earlier this year, The Platform Project was awarded a £3,000 grant by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) from money raised through the sale of unclaimed property.

Yesterday Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Angus Macpherson and Wiltshire High Sheriff David Scott visited the social enterprise based in Swindon.

These funds allowed the two-year-old youth development organisation to move to bigger, more fit-for-purpose offices two weeks ago and will enable them to engage with more young people from the area, ranging between 13 and 23 years old.

The Platform Project offers a range of activities to young people, including website design, upcycling furniture, jewellery making, t-shirt and mug printing, as well as a whole host of various media related skills.

The young team create website content, a printed magazine called #idare, a blog and social media accounts aimed at covering topics relevant and important to other young people.

They are supported by volunteers experienced in these areas.

This variety of entrepreneurial skills are intended to help build the attendees confidence as well as helping to improve their longer-term employability.

One of the benefits of the scheme is that young people who may have otherwise left the education system taking are now taking college courses or exploring further education opportunities.

For further information www.platformproject.co.uk

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