We recently joined forces with UK Youth and 2-3 Degrees to launch our first ever Within Reach online workshops. UK Youth is a company that focuses on unlocking youth work as a catalyst for change, and 2-3 Degrees equips young people with vital personal development skills. Within Reach builds on a previous programme run by CCEP called Reach Up by responding to the changing needs of young people and youth services and addressing accessibility.
Together, CCEP, UK Youth and 2-3 Degrees invited 35 young people to join an inspiring session where 15 awesome CCEP volunteers shared all kinds of insights and stories from throughout their careers. And they didn’t just stick to the good bits! Our incredible team were open and honest about the stuff they messed up in their careers, what they learned and how they improved. For young people, it’s so important and reassuring to hear that older people were once in their shoes, too.
“Yesterday taught me that showing your vulnerability to young people can have a really empowering impact on their confidence in opening up,” said event curator and Senior Community Partnerships Manager at CCEP, Holly Firmin, who emphasises the programme is needed now more than ever.
Of course, there are benefits for CCEP attendees too, as volunteer [name of volunteer] explains:
“Quote about the positive feeling of the day and helping young people from a volunteer.”
Thanks for taking part, everyone!