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Tower Hamlets youth fair makes young carers and jobseekers climb the wall

PUBLISHED: 16:23 02 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:23 02 October 2014

A Youth Support fair has been held in London’s East End to help youngsters take steps into education, training or jobs.

The fair staged at the Urban Gym in Mile End featured ice-breaking activities such as archery and wall climbing.

It also celebrated achievements of young carers and promoted Tower Hamlets council’s scheme supporting youngsters who have to look after other family members.

Many received awards for achievements in overcoming obstacles in their lives.

Shakeel Haque, 16, one of the teenagers receiving an award, said: “The Youth Support scheme lets me relax and meet others in my position. It provides the experience that we need.”

Youngsters are offered more than just the standard education in school—such as support in getting their feet on the employment ladder.

The first step can be the hardest, the council acknowledges.

So the four-times-a-year fairs aim at giving a helping hand into a job, training, or further education. It also supports youngsters with disabilities and those who look after parents or guardians.

Some 25 employers, training providers and colleges took part in the fair, offering a chance to network and be aware of services.


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