People and Drugs Ltd, the organisation that works with people aged 11 to 26 in the Blyth area, providing them with educational and recreational activities, has received over £9,000 in funding from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme.

The funds, which total £9,464, will be used by People and Drugs Ltd to deliver the Silx Employability Project aimed at meeting the needs of hard to reach and marginalised young adults, aged 16-25 in the local area.

A team of four qualified youth workers will deliver 3-hour employability sessions weekly, helping attendees to progress towards either entering employment, training or undertaking further education and gaining qualifications.

CV, covering letters and application forms workshops, interview preparation and support and advice on benefits, housing debt and health are all available from the Silx Employability Project and each participant will receive a bespoke action plan tailored to their individual needs.

Chris Antony, Trustee of People and Drugs Ltd, comments: “The funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that young people in the local area who aren’t in employment, education or training can access the support and advice they need on the issues preventing them from entering into employment.”

“Young people are some of the hardest to reach but by running the employability project and an outreach campaign alongside this means that we can engage with them, helping them to truly transform their lives.”

Lynn Utting, Development Manager (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Making sure we address the causes of youth unemployment by running programmes of activity such as employability programmes means that young coalfield residents will be able to play an active part in their local community for years to come.” 

 “Through the Coalfields Community Investment Programme we are able to work with organisations such as People and Drugs Ltd, ensuring people have the tailored support they need, leaving a lasting, positive impact.”