Overwhelming support for Chipping Norton’s innovative youth scheme promises a bright future for OX7.
The team is delighted with the strong endorsement the OX7 project has received from local businesses and supporters.
The programme is obviously resonating within the community, winning the backing of firms, organisations and council members who have come forward to offer their assistance.
Following its official launch on 28 September, the Government-funded community digital hub is now finding its feet with OX7 workers reaching out to local youngsters who need their help.
The aim is to help struggling young people reconnect with their communities and access the right educational, training and employment opportunities to help them progress in their lives and careers.
And ECN wants to assure the future of OX7 – beyond its two years of Government funding – by making it an integral part of Chipping Norton’s business, civic and community life.
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According to OX7 Programme Manager and ECN Chairman Shaun Fagan, the early signs are very positive.
He says: “We’ve been knocked out by the groundswell of support we’ve encountered around town and throughout Oxfordshire. I encourage anyone interested in helping to call to discuss the possibilities, or send through an email.
“There are many ways to help the OX7 project become self-supporting beyond its initial two-year DCLG funding, and they all begin with a simple chat.
“It’s gratifying to find support in so many places. I’ve discussed the scheme with local police, County Council officers, independent business owners and representatives of large organisations and retail groups – even a well-known Chippy stand-up comic!
“The message is clear. Everyone wants to offer their backing and help disadvantaged youngsters in the area get back on track.”
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Several local organisations and individuals have already contributed to the scheme.
- Chipping Norton Police are offering assistance and support.
- Oxfordshire County Council will provide work placements and assistance.
- GE Associates and Bongo IT are sponsoring the programme.
- Oxfordshire Youth and Oxfordshire Apprenticeships are backers.
- Barclays and NatWest will offer financial skills training and mentorship.
- Porthaven Care Homes are interested in placements, donations and possible sponsorship.
- Caffe Nero is discussing various forms of project assistance.
- Owen Mumford, Chadlington Brewery and Cotswold Lettings are on board and keen to participate.
- Chipping Norton Theatre will be providing work placements and project support.
- Local entrepreneur and stand-up comedian Ken Norman will help youngsters learn the tricks of the comedy trade as well as some life skills along the way.