On 6th November Talent Coaches past and present came together for a special event marking the culmination of young people's involvement in the GM Talent Match programme.
LEAF in central Manchester was the venue for an afternoon of reflection and celebration. Since 2014, 137 Talent Coaches have supported 1995 young people on pathways towards employment.
After a social lunch, a quiz and an update on Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (the GM Talent Match lead partner) bids for future youth employment funding, Coaches took part in an emoji activity, considering their work from varying perspectives: 'the good', 'the unexpected', 'the funny', 'the memorable' and 'the difficult.'
Reflecting on the programme Richard Phillips, a Talent Coach from Breakthrough UK, said: “GM Talent Match’s major strength was its bringing together of so many different partners, parties and organisations to deliver a tailor-made product for young people in GM. Being able to draw on the skills and experience of other host organisations has been invaluable.”
Graham Cooper, a Coach from The Broughton Trust, added: “A six-month engagement window is not always enough to boost confidence, build up self-esteem, break down barriers and change a life. What stands out with Talent Match is that each Talent Coach worked with only 14 young people for up to a two-year period. It gives you the chance to have an intensive relationship."