Young people honoured for anti-isolation work for Saddleworth Rotary Club scheme

BRIGHT YOUNG people were honoured at an awards Presentation and Celebration Evening by Saddleworth Rotary Club.

The 12 students from both Saddleworth and Failsworth Schools completed the second ‘Engage, Develop, Succeed’ programme designed by Rotary to develop the life skills of young people.

The aim of their project was to identify solutions to reduce isolation for members of the community, and the pupils decided to tackle isolation of the older members.

Pupils received their award at The White Hart, Lydgate

Additional pupils from both Failsworth and Saddleworth completed a survey, and around 90 contributed to classroom discussions regarding the isolation faced by older people and identified possible solutions.

Two events organised by the students and supported by Youth Development Officers Sue Palfrey and Kathryn Bardsley took place at both schools for older residents who would benefit from socially engaging with their peers.

Over 150 members of the community attended the successful events, which the students planned, designed invites, prepared the food, decorations and entertainment.

Both events were supported by Rotary, Failsworth and Saddleworth schools, Mahdlo Youth Zone, the District Teams and Home Instead.

The programme culminated in students achieving a Level 2 Award in Team Leading from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and they were presented with their awards at The White Hart, Lydgate.

Saddleworth Rotary Club said: “We are delighted with the success of our young person initiative and are now planning our next Engage, Develop, Succeed programme based on STEM.”


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