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6th Jun 2014

Young people aged 16-18 on Adviza’s WiseUp programme recently supported the Armed Forces by co-ordinating the collection of gifts to send to our troops in Afghanistan.  The project culminated in a day of sorting and preparing the parcels on Friday 6th June at Reading College.  

The young people chose to ‘Support our Armed Forces’ as the community project element of the WiseUp programme, which is managed by Adviza and is currently running at Reading College. They planned, researched and managed the project themselves, including making posters and setting up collection points around the college and at Adviza’s centres across Berkshire. 

Adviza's employees and service users, college students and staff were asked to donate small items such as games, activities to keep the soldiers entertained while off duty, and home comforts like sauce sachets, a bag of sweets or a clean pair of socks.  The donations were then collected by the WiseUp learners from the various locations across Berkshire before being sorted and parcelled up ready for dispatch.

Conor Jackson, 18, one of the WiseUp Learners said: "I feel proud to be part of this because the army provides a great service for us and protects our country".

Kirtley Nisbett, WiseUp Programme Facilitator at Adviza said: “The learners decided on this small gesture of gratitude to soldiers who are daily putting their lives at risk to enable us all to be safe – many of whom are teenagers themselves”.

WiseUp is a programme offering NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people aged 16-18 in Berkshire the opportunity to develop their employability skills and experience the world of work. The programme includes one-to-one support and mentoring, work-related group activities, team building, work experience and volunteering placements to support young people into work.  For details on the programme please contact: Kirtley Nisbett on 07747 476789 or email kirtleynisbett@adviza.org.uk.

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