Something that’s inspired me…

There have been some truly horrific and tragic events recently that will have touched all of us in some way. The pain, suffering and loss for those involved, their family, friends and loved ones is unimaginable and should never be forgotten. So, I wanted to share something more positive, something that really has inspired me personally and provided an opportunity to give something back.

Carlisle Youth Zone (CYZ) is an amazing charity, based in Carlisle that provides a safe place for young people between 8-21 to visit, socialise, engage, access mentoring support, learn new skills and talk in complete confidence to trained youth workers. CYZ provides opportunities for those young people to have a different experience, a place to escape, a positive and supportive environment where the focus is on creating opportunities for individuals to flourish, somewhere to belong. It’s a place full of positive role models and countless examples of how a single, often small, intervention can fundamentally change an individual’s path in life for the good, which is such a wonderful thing.

Armstrong Watson has sponsored and is working closely with CYZ on an exciting collaboration between Cumbrian businesses and young people, in a project called "Get a Future". This collaboration involves working with the local business community to help them connect with young people from the Zone looking for work experience. The purpose is to create opportunities for full time roles for individuals, leading to long term career paths and a different direction in life. It’s a great initiative and representation of our brand “we’re with you” and our values, “passion” and “humanity”. It underlines our commitment as a firm to contribute to the communities in which we live and work.

So, here’s the appeal to the local business community. It would be great to have many more local businesses offer to take on some young people for work experience. Your input, however small, can make a huge difference to the lives of young people. Having the chance to help others is so rewarding and a real privilege, I hope more businesses will step forward and offer work experience opportunities.

If you are interested please contact me and we will connect you with the Youth Zone.


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