Hinckley Education Showcase & Awards

Monday, 1st September, 2007
Leicester YMCA launched the new education site in Hinckley on Tuesday 9th October. The launch included the presentation of the annual Michael John Henry Education Award ceremony followed by the Entry to Employment (e2e) open day for young people and their families.

Hinckley Education Project
The project provides a supportive non-formal learning environment for disaffected young people aged 16-19 who have not reached their full potential in school. The Entry to Employment (e2e) scheme, supported by Connexions Leicester Shire, enables them to prepare for further education, employment and training. 70% of learners left with a positive outcome in 2006-2007 with 35 young people gaining a Getting Connected qualification. The project moved to new premises this year.

Michael John Henry's Legacy
The Michael John Henry Education Award will be presented to Russell Timson and Chris Tolton; two young people who have progressed substantially within education at Leicester YMCA and each will receive a new computer.

Michael John Henry was diabetic and in 2001 he died tragically after police took him into custody believing he was drunk, when he had actually become hypoglycaemic due to lack of insulin in his blood. His death left a legacy for Leicester YMCA to support young people who are homeless and disadvantaged. Michael's mother Robin Spruce and sister Lucy Horncastle will be there to present the award.

Paul Brown, Chief Executive of Leicester YMCA said "It is a great honour to recognise Michael John Henry's contribution to young people for the fifth year and for Robin and Lucy to be here presenting the award yet again. This year is particularly special as it marks the extension of our educational services to young people into the county as well as the city."

Youngsters aged 16-19 who want to learn new skills, find a job or college course, meet new people and get a qualification are welcome to visit. People who enrol could qualify to receive up to £30 per week to attend.

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