This third ‘InspirEngage Skills Bootcamp’ was focused on Communication Skills and Social Engagement. Communication skills in its widest sense covering Speaking, Listening and Body Language, are essential Life Skills for anyone, and especially important in supporting the students to be able to pitch to secure funding for their projects!
Background of Project:
Following the riots in the Summer, a lot of communities are considering creative ways in achieving cohesion. InspirEngage International has partnered with Durham Police to deliver a long term and carefully designed programme across the Belmont area.
InspirEngage International is delivering a series of ‘InspirEngage Skills Bootcamps, which provide the students with necessary Life Skills, such as Identity, Leadership, Communication Skills and Project Management to launch their own creative projects to improve their community!
The local business owners are also involved acting as mentors and advisors to the young people, which also helps foster positive relationships. The young people will then get the opportunity to pitch their project to a Mega Panel to secure funding to implement their projects. This is a long-term pilot project spanning December 2011-June 2012.
“Durham Police is delighted to be working in partnership with InspirEngage International in providing Skills Development Bootcamps and assisting young people to carry out community based projects in the Belmont area of Durham. The overall objective being to improve community cohesion. The project is an innovative approach to problem solving in a location where the same behaviour has been ongoing for generations.
Melody is a consummate professional to work with. From the outset her creative mindset, drive and thinking “outside of the box” is inspiring. With this comes a great degree of structure and planning which I personally have found endearing. Her “can do” attitude is very quickly adopted by all that she comes into contact with and this project is reaping those rewards.
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the effect that Melody has had and I would unreservedly recommend InspirEngage International for similar projects that any Police and partner agencies are considering. You will not be disappointed and your community will thoroughly appreciate it.”
Police Constable Waheed Mughal, Neighbourhood Police Team, Durham Police
Client: Durham Police