100% of all graduates report that they now feel more in control of their lives and 91% of graduates feel they now have new choices in life. The graduates from the programme have felt their life has completely changed for the better.
The charity wants to deliver the same impacts and outcomes for young men, starting this year. WeMindTheGap will launch a pilot WeGrow programme for young men in Flintshire this October. The first young men’s pilot is currently underway in Manchester which was launched in May 2021.
The programme will recruit 10 young men aged between 18 and 25 in the Flintshire area. Young men who need a new direction and don’t want their past to define their future. The programme for these young men incudes – 6 months employment, 30 hours per week at minimum wage, life coaching, new skills and experiences, qualifications, assistance in English and maths if needed.
One of the main attributes to the programme is the dedicated mentor for encouragement and support for each programme participant. A key part of the programme which continues once the programme is complete through the follow on programme available to all participants known as gappies – WeBelong.
Flintshire’s team members Mark Rimmer and Emma Done will support the young men on this year’s programme as a Skipper and First Mate. They are there to provide dedicated support, structure and encouragement to the gappies.
Flintshire County Council’s Leader, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:
“We are excited about the opportunities the WeMindTheGap WeGrow programme can offer young men in our community. These opportunities will allow these young men to make a difference to their future”.
A past WeGrow participant has commented,
“These six months open doors, give you amazing opportunities and great life skills. I’ve learnt to always be positive and to grab every opportunity!”
If you are a young man interested in hearing more about the programme and how to get involved or if you know of a young man you feel may benefit from such a programme, please contact Mark Rimmer on 0333 939 8818 / email@example.com