Thursday 12th October 2023
Showground, Wadebridge

Putting young people at the heart of Cornish business

As proud supporters of Cornish charity Young People Cornwall, The Cornwall Business Show are helping build links between local businesses and young people to raise aspirations and provide opportunities for underprivileged children and young adults from our county. This will come in the form of talks and workshops, work experience, volunteering and fund raising for essential projects that Young People Cornwall deliver.

The support will start with the raising desperately needed funds for much needed maintenance of The Roche Centre, a place that is essential for young people in this area. If you are looking to get involved with some corporate social responsibility and wish to help underprivileged children and young adults here in the county please visit our Crowd Fund Campaign page where we are looking to raise £2000 to help with the project.

There are also details about volunteering opportunities where you can help with painting and decorating of the centre when the project starts and engage with young people that need to meet people that will have a positive influence on them.

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The show’s managing director, Andrew Weaver, said: “I feel it’s very important to invest in the future of young people who come from what might be seen as under-privileged backgrounds.

“We aim to help Young People Cornwall raise finances to maintain full operation, but importantly also by aiding them to build links between local businesses and these young adults. We will be encouraging businesses from the show and the wider business community to get involved and give something back, maybe by giving inspirational talks to groups of young people or offering work experience.”

Mr Weaver hopes local businesses will take up the cause as a part of their commitment to corporate social responsibility. He said: “As well as helping young people on an individual and inspirational level, I will be hoping to co-ordinate business contributions in three ways. We have launched a crowdfunding initiative and hope to help the charity raise £2000 to do desperately needed maintenance at its Roche youth centre.

“If businesses don’t feel giving money is right for them, I will be hoping they know how to handle a paintbrush and will feel moved to come along and help redecorate once the structural work is done.

“I also hope that some businesses might choose to sponsor one of the four youth centres – Zeb’s in Truro, Youthy in Illogan and The Roche Centre, as well as The House Youth Project in St Austell.”

Mr Weaver added: “It may seem to be stating the obvious, but these centres provide an essential place for youngsters to go – when sometimes they haven’t got many other options. It is so important they have people and a place to turn to.”

Nick Smith, chief executive of Young People Cornwall, said the charity was excited to have been chosen by the show.

He said: “Young People Cornwall aims to support and inspire young people across the county with youth work that makes a difference.

“The partnership with Cornwall Business Show will help raise the profile of our work to a new audience and enable young people we work with to meet with and hear from some of the county’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs. It is vital that young people living in Cornwall have the chance to be inspired by our business leaders, to be supported to develop their ideas and identify opportunities for future and current employment.

“I would like to thank Andrew for this opportunity and I firmly believe that the partnership will prove to be mutually beneficial.”

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