Own Grown is given award for helping youth

Carole Dixon, Hannah Brookshaw and Cllr Chowney receive the award. Picture by Stephen Curtis

Carole Dixon, Hannah Brookshaw and Cllr Chowney receive the award. Picture by Stephen Curtis

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A project set up to help young people into work has scooped an award at the 1066 Community Awards.

Own Grown, which was launched in February last year, was named Community Project of the Year 2014 at the event last Wednesday (October 17).

Since then more than 1,600 pledges have been made by companies across 1066 Country to help young people into work, such as work experience, mentoring, school visits, and practical CV sessions.

Own Grown successfully challenged businesses to pledge 1,066 positions in 2013 and this has increased to securing 2,014 pledges this year.

Hannah Brookshaw and councillor Peter Chowney from Hastings Borough Council, together with Carole Dixon from Education Futures Trust, accepted the award on behalf of Own Grown. Hannah said: “Own Grown is proud to have received this award in recognition of the hard work of all partners over the last two years. We are committed to encouraging businesses across Hastings and Rother to help inspire our young people and prepare them for the world of work. A huge thank you to all those that have already pledged, and continue to do so. We have a number of events planned over the next few months to encourage even more to get involved.”

The Own Grown partners are Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, Federation of Small Businesses, Education Futures Trust, Hastings Direct, Sussex Coast College, 1066Jobs.com, Job Centre Plus, Business in the Community, Falaise Gym, the