The Springboard Charity helps young people to achieve their career potential, and unemployed and disadvantaged people overcome barriers to gain sustainable employment within the wide variety of opportunities in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry.
Funds raised from the event will go towards the ‘Summer School Programme’, supporting young people leaving school or college who are unsure which step to take next in life.
The abseiling session lasted from 10am to 5pm, with participants setting off at staggered times. One participant was Talkingtonbates’ Fiona Hopkinson: “Being totally scared of heights this was a huge personal challenge for me, but I am so glad I overcame my fear and helped raise funds for such an important cause.
“With youth unemployment reaching such high numbers, we need to do everything we can to help young people find a suitable job with real prospects.”
Springboard’s Summer School Programme is a three-week training programme consisting of short certificated courses, pre-employment training, careers advice, structured work experience and mentoring with a view to achieving employment or an apprenticeship as the outcome.
Image: Darren Marshall, head chef at Island Grill. (Image courtesy of Smile Photography)