Helping Blackpool Youth offending team

Lee from the Youth offending team presenting the computer course certificate.

From PC Recycler

PC Recycler partnered with Lancaster University Volunteer Unit (LUVU) for 2 years between 2004 and 2006 on a project called CommIT. 

For the Youth offending team session, PC recycler provided the computer hardware, and the initial course notes, Lancaster university volunteers supervised the course. 

Following the success of this one off pilot, PC Recycler introduced an extended course. The course is 40 hours, spread to suit those attending, and is free to 16-24 year old residents living in the Blackpool FY1 area. This course is available to eligible young people until 2009.

12 young Blackpool people have been given extra IT and multimedia skills through an innovative project run by Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU). The project, CommIT, has been running a variety of sessions to provide the 16-19 year olds with the extra skills needed to get into further training and employment.

One aspect of the project worked with Blackpool Youth Offending Team (YOT), teaching young people computer hardware skills. Five young people were engaged in a series of workshops run by volunteers from LUVU, which taught them about PC components, and how the inside of a computer works. It is expected that some, if not all of these young people will use their new skills to enter further IT training, and to access employment within the IT industry.

Thanks to one of CommIT's project partners, Blackpool organisation PC Recycler, the participants were able to keep the machines on which they had been working.