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“Raising Aspirations”, Event: 20th and 21st Jan

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South Bristol Charity is Raising Aspirations for Local Children

The Park Community Centre, a charity based in Knowle West, is organising a free two day event bringing local schools, businesses and training & education providers together, to help young people “think big” about their future – and Ujima will be supporting them.

Called “Raising Aspirations”, the event on 20th and 21st January involves Year 9 students from South Bristol schools who are getting ready to choose their GCSE subjects. It is designed to introduce them to different options for further education, training and the workplace after GCSE, and to encourage them to aspire and get excited about what they might achieve if they work hard and understand the various routes into further learning and careers.

Assistant director of The Park, Louise Hunt said: “We work in a community where not everyone has high expectations for their future in the workplace, and as a charity that exists to support people in South Bristol, we wanted to raise young people’s aspirations and encourage them to think positively about their lives ahead.

“We are incredibly grateful to Ujima and all of the universities, businesses, organisations and education/training providers who have given their time free of charge to help us, and we hope to make this an annual event to encourage young people in our local area.”

Organisations attending the event include the Ministry of Defence, Tesco, Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Osborne Clarke, Burges Salmon, Royal Bank of Scotland, The Army, Barratt Developments, B&Q, Jeff Way Electrical Services, the National Careers Service, Access to Music, Knowle West Media Centre.

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