Talent Match Mixer - a GIF Journey

Cllr Linda Holt - Mayor of Stockport

On Monday 10th July, Greater Manchester Talent Match celebrated the achievements of young people on the programme in an inspirational event.

The event was held to celebrate and inspire young people on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, giving young people the opportunity to meet with others in similar situations to themselves and listen to stories from those who had achieved success on the programme.

The event was opened by Mayor of Stockport, Cllr Linda Holt and was compèred by Youth Panel members Charlie Lisle and Sara Isherwood. 

Charlie and Sara were joined on stage by Apprentice candidate and motivational speaker Adam Corbally and the event kicked off with an icebreaker activity.

Speakers in the first half of the afternoon were John Bowden-Neill, who shared his story about working with his Talent Coach to overcome his barriers to get a job he loves as a gardener. He was followed by Annie Allsager, who spoke about how her confidence had increased so much that it allowed her to volunteer for Comic Relief. Kerry Dawson joined the stage after lunch to speak about her journey into work.

During the break, guests took part in a Diary Room, where they shared their greatest acheivements so far.

There was also a photobooth, where guests could dress up and join in the fun.

After lunch, guests were treated to performances from young poets Charlotte Quest and Duke McFarlane. They weree followed by Richard Walker, who performed a rap about his experiences.

During the second break, the Diary room continued to remain popular. Guests were welcomed back to the event with a quiz.

Raffle prizes were awarded throughout the event. Huge thanks to Warren James, Hobbycraft Stockport, The Entertainer, Tesco Gorton, Waterstones Manchester - Nandos and Manchester City for their kind donations.

To close the event, Adam Corbally spoke about his experiences in finding employment. Adam left school at home at the age of 16 with little qualifications and didn't have a clue what he wanted to do with his life. Following a series of short-term jobs, he opened his own greengrocer stall at a local market .His retail Greengrocery business went from strength to strength. Adam invested his money wisely and now owns and manages his property portfolio of eight houses. Since appearing on "The Apprentice" 2012, shining as the best salesman the process has ever seen, Adam has been to China, sourced products to sell on sales training days at home shows run by himself and is launching his own motivational app.

Thank you to everybody who came along. We had a great time, and we hope that you did too!