Crawley young people taking part in a project called Opt Into have received three brand new Dell laptops, courtesy of £1,800 funding provided by West Sussex County Council’s Community Initiative Fund.
Opt Into is a project run by YMCA DownsLink Group. The project works with young people aged 16-18, who are not in employment, education or training. The project is based in the Bewbush Youth Centre, in the heart of one of Crawley’s key communities.
Richard Massing, Opt Into Co-ordinator, spoke about what this funding will mean to the project: “This will make a big difference to the work we do in Bewbush. We were struggling along with a couple of clunky old laptops we got from a charity shop. Now it is much easier for us to offer a level of support and training we can really feel proud of.”
Louis Smith, aged 18, spent six weeks on Opt Into. During this time he gained his Construction Skills Certification Scheme card and was supported into a full-time job on a construction site in West Sussex. Louis sent a text message on his first day on the job saying, “Just want to say a big thank you to everyone at Opt Into, you have helped me a lot. cheers!”