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The Better Tomorrow Programme

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We are developing exciting new projects and partnerships that help enhance the lives of disadvantaged people, by offering practical recreational facilities and life skill opportunities. From grassroots projects to council-led initiatives, The Better Tomorrow Programme aims to engage and help young people to develop valuable life skills. Learn about our umbrella projects below:

*One of the participants from the 2016 Better Tomorrow Programme

Targeted Youth Programme

We've been working with Pembrokeshire County Council to develop an internship programme for young people who are considered 'far from the workplace'.

The first edition saw us recruit a group of youngsters for a 3 week stint of work experience. The group experienced on-site training and work opportunities in many areas of the business including factory, pet shop, farm shop, warehouse and offices to help them gain skills and confidence around entering the world of work.

Part of the experience included a week-long classroom programme delivering employability and customer service skills and a hands-on day spent at Penlan Farm. Participants also attended a day with the Mid and West Wales Fire service where they learnt practical fire-fighting skills, what to do in a road traffic collision and a talk on the effects of anti-social behaviour. 

The programme won a Wales Youth Excellence Award and young people involved in the project found it very beneficial and enjoyable. Participant Calum said..

 “The course was a lot different to what I expected and more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I learnt about communication and how to act in a workplace. I can use these different work experiences to get future jobs.”

This praise is further evidenced in a quote from Aaron who, “learnt what it was like to work in different environments throughout the company. I can use the skills I learnt in the working world.”’

The majority of the young people who attended the programme have furthered their opportunities by enrolling on training courses or gaining employment.  Well done to the whole team!

The Light Up Your Life Project

Every Wednesday afternoon at the market garden at Parc Y Bocs Farm Shop, something magical is being created behind the greenhouse.  

With some help from the Burns market gardeners, The Birt Brain Injury Unit in Llanelli and Mencap Carmarthenshire have spent many hours together constructing and planting raised beds of different heights. The aim is to help people with difficulties to enjoy the beneficial effects of gardening.

For further information about the work of The Better Tomorrow Programme or any other Burns in the Community projects, please contact Carol Lincoln, Community Liaison Officer on carol@burnspet.co.uk

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