Working with young people to fix their futures
Fix It UK is a Wigan based Motor Vehicle Charity that works with over 130 young people each year who are struggling at, or just left, school and are lacking confidence to go to college or have been unable to gain employment.
Ian Thompson, Founder and Project Manager of Fix It UK, tells us about their work: “They all have jobs to do each day and work in small groups of seven with their trainer. When we get to know them a bit better we can understand what is stopping them from moving on in life.
At Fix It we help them to find something they are good at and they soon realise that they are able to learn and achieve something with our support and help them to make choices about their future.
We secured Awards for All funding a few years ago to pilot a new welding and fabrication project for the students and they loved it. It’s now part of the curriculum and it gives them a chance to learn a new skill to include on their CV.
More recently we decided to extend the reach of the project and we wanted to expand our services so we applied for further funding.
We have enormous support from our local community who are helping to raise funds for us.
Local couple, James and Emma Pentland, have volunteered to do the Wigan 10k challenge to raise £250 for us, which will provide some much-needed new furniture for our training rooms.”
James said: “I chose this charity as it has links to the organisation that helped me find employment through community payback, which goes to show some people just need a second chance.”
Emma is joining her husband of 18 months and wants to keep up the momentum since being selected as slimmer of the year 2015 in her local slimming group.
Gaynor Thornborrow, owner of Hindley Embroidery and Print has also loaned her support by providing running tops for Emma and James: “which is just another inspiring example of how the community is working together”, said Ian.
You can find out more about the work of Fix It by visiting their website.