Congratulations to our amazing 10 Gappies from our Flintshire WeGrow Progamme who have completed their 26 weeks of employment with WeMindTheGap and Graduated on Friday in front of their friends, family, employer partners, life coaches, supporters and the WeMindTheGap team.

It was a huge occasion attended by nearly 100 people who were all their to celebrate their achievements and gave them a standing ovation welcome as they entered the room to their chosen song of ‘Here Comes The Sun’.

5 – move straight on into employment on Monday
4 – move into education and training for, Childcare, Teaching Assistant, Film Making and Performing Arts aswell as continuing with volunteering
1 – is considering their next steps

We have so many thankyous for people and organisations that have made this happen:

Flintshire Country Council and Niall Waller who have supported WeMindTheGap since 2016 and UKSPF funding for enabling this programme to happen.

Our incredible Employer Partners for providing meaningful work placements ClwydAlyn  (Tom and team), Wall Lag, Outside Lives, isGroup Signs Plas Newydd Care Ltd Coleg Cambria (Shell), Wepre Park Estates, Aura Leisure, Hawarden Estate Wepre Park Primary School, Ysgol Maesglas Greenfield, Cafe Isa, River Link Donkey Sanctuary, Greenacres, Llys Eleanor, Lil Angels, Aura Libraries Cartref Ni Defence Electronics & Components Agency Valto

Also the incredible kindness, showing our young people different work and life experiences Moneypenny, Net World Sports, Airbus Aircraft NCAR, 157 (Welsh) Regt RLC Army Reserves, LGBTQ Youth Cymru, Kirsty Craig and Rachel Hough, Moving Forward Fund, TNR Outdoors, Outside Lives, Moreton Hall, Brathay Trust Katie Smithand Matt, Mal and Kate from Pictuehouse. Liz Stanton – GetSafeOnline

We cannot forget to thank our ‘Wisdom Filled Superhumans’ – Life Coaches, aptly renamed by the Gappies Nathan Sarea, Elaine Rippon, Marian Rosefield MSc (MAPPCP) Ray Smith Nicola Blythin, who guided and inspired our team.

Also the WeMindTheGap Team of Laura Columbine Mark Rimmer and Jim Ellison, not forgetting our wider team and of course Trustees, Rachel Clacher CBE Karen Campbell-Williams Kirsty Rogers Louise Gatenby Karen Jones and Emma Degg FRSA without whom this who programme couldn’t have happened.

The evening rounded off a programme of sheer hard work and determination by our young people, and was a celebration non of us will forget.

We can’t wait to see what happens next for them all as they stay in touch with us via our Alumni WeBelong supported by Sian Hughes

Please click here for a copy of the WeGrow Flintshire Graduation Guide

Please also enjoy our WeGrow Flintshire Graduation film below.


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