Willmott Dixons, the company responsible for the care and maintenance of 60,000 homes and properties in Birmingham, are going to loan us their spot at the German Market for 7 days from 30th November 2015!
Three staff members from our Learning, Skills and Work (LSW) team have made this into a project for our young people. With the help of young people we are going to be selling handmade Christmas decorations and other festive themed items which they have made including, christmas cards, candle holders, christmas tree decorations and gift tags. The LSW team work across all our 29 accommodation schemes supporting young people into further education, training and employment so that ultimately they can be truly independent. There will also be the opportunity for those young people who want to find out more about cost margins to assist with this side of the planning and gain some work experience selling the items. All proceeds will go to St Basils to help more young people.
Creative workshops with young people have already taken place at two of our accommodation schemes including our mother and baby accommodation Trentham House (pictured), with further workshops planned at other schemes. The young people chose what they wanted to make out of the options available, copying some samples made by the LSW team to show quality and style. The accommodation projects taking part have been left with some resources so those that want to can carry on if they haven't managed to finish during the workshops.
The skills the young people will learn as part of this project have been matched to OCNWR Lifeskills modules including Creative Craft, Retail and Financial Management meaning taking part in this project could contribrute credits towards a Level 1 Lifeskills qualification in progression.
LSW Officer Michelle Doyle who is Co-ordinating the production of the items said: "It's been really good to see the young people getting into it. We've been really impressed with their enthusiasm and the standard of what's been produced. The items being made are useful items that everyone needs and won't fail to get you into the Christmas mood :) ".
Lifeskills Co-ordinator Manit Dhillon said: "Both staff and young people at the projects have commented on how therapeutic they've found it, doing this. The young people are learning about retail and cost margins and it's great for them to a part of a project like this and a part of the German Market and see for themselves how their products are selling. Even better selling these items will raise funds for St Basils too".
Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising, who will also be helping out on the stall, added: "The effort gone into this is tremendous. The quality and standard is fantastic. We're hoping to see as many of our supporters as possible. This is your chance to bag some quality Christmas items and do your bit to help homeless young people at Christmas time!"