Carrickfergus Rotarians have been learning more about the role of a programme supporting marginalised young people.
The club recently welcomed guest speakers Stewart Cheshire and Susan Duncan, workers with the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme.
Stewart and Susan explained that the programme targets young people who face a range of issues and barriers in their lives such as low self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness or multiple offending. They are those that other organisations find difficult to engage.
They defined the purpose of the Fairbridge Programme as helping these young people to build the personal and social skills to stabilise their life circumstances and build their confidence and motivation to the point where they could then go forward to develop the life skills which would allow them to access education, training, employment or volunteering.
Thanking the speakers for their insight into the initiative, outgoing Carrick Rotary president Sam Crowe said the members were looking forward to developing the Carrickfergus, Larne and Ballymena Rotary Clubs’ association with the Prince’s Trust.