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Well Whitehaven news and events

Future Pathways project launched by Well Whitehaven

A new programme for 14 and 15-year-olds has been launched by the Well Whitehaven team. Future Pathways offers a locally delivered alternative to the traditional residential activity based studies, by providing a variety of classroom and outdoor activities each week focusing on a different area of learning and development.

Each session in the eight-week programme will enable young people to develop skills to help them in the next stage of their learning and through to the world of work. They also have the option to work towards formal qualifications to become climbing or canoeing instructors.

The programme began on 15th September, and is funded for the next three years. During this time, the Future Pathways team expects to engage with 350 young people of secondary school age.

Each cohort of 12 will ‘graduate’ after the initial eight weeks and will be mentored by a Community Support Officer for the following 12 months. From Future Pathways the young people will be supported and encouraged to move to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

For more information about Future Pathways please contact Mark Wear at mark.wear@cumbria.police.uk.

Fantastic Men in Sheds team transforms community space

Thanks to wonderful support from the local community and businesses, a brand new workshop/shed and small allotment area have been created at the Seathwaite Community Centre in Mirehouse, Cumbria.

The three-day Men in Sheds project, led by Well Whitehaven, involved over 30 people who volunteered to take part by digging, building and brewing tea! Starting with an empty patch of ground on Monday 30th October, the community space now includes a shed plus an allotment of raised planting beds to grow fruit and vegetables, new fencing and paths plus a compost bin. Children from Valley School also built bug hotels to attract insects to the allotment.

Men in Sheds takes its inspiration from the Men’s Sheds movement which originally started in Australia. The Mirehouse 'shed' operates from the Community Centre and was originally set up by AgeUK to provide men aged 50 or over with a dedicated space for their age group where they can make things, socialise, share skills, or just enjoy a brew.

Thanks to support from the local community and businesses, the Mirehouse shed is now able to expand and offer additional activities. The project team would like to thank Sellafield Ltd, Travis Perkins and West Coast Group for donating materials to enable the project to go ahead, and Morgan Sindall for working with the children on the bug hotels.

Mark Wear from Well Whitehaven said: “This amazing project wouldn't have been possible without all of the donations of materials and people's time which we received to support the group. A huge thank you to everyone, particularly the local businesses, for their contributions.”

You can see more photos and follow the project here.

Bright outlook for Future Pathways graduates

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, attended the graduation of a group of students from the Pathways programme on Friday 17th November at Whitehaven Academy.

The initial cohort of 15 students graduated from the ‘Future Pathways’ programme, which delivers an alternative to the traditional residential activity based studies by providing a variety of outdoor activities each week focusing on a different area of learning and development. The programme has helped young people develop skills to help them in the next stage of their learning and through to the world of work.

The students, comprising a group of year-nine and group of year-ten students from Whitehaven Academy, took part in the eight week programme involving activities that helped develop their problem solving and presentation skills along with boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “I am delighted to support ‘Future Pathways’ and to be part of the graduation event and see the results of the students’ hard work come to fruition. I have made a commitment to support young people in our communities, and I know that it is only by working together with our partners and agencies that we can make a positive difference to these young people’s lives.

“I hope that Future Pathways will continue to demonstrate that with effort, commitment and support, every young person can ensure they have a bright future.”

The Pathways programme is funded and delivered as a partnership between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Morgan Sindall Construction and Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project, and supported by Well Whitehaven.

From ‘Future Pathways’ a number of the students will continue to be supported as they now move on to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Junior Firefighters scheme, work experience and other community based projects