Case study - Shining within the community

Orbit shining within the community 

We sent Samir Araffa, one of our Community Reporters, to find out a bit more about one of the programmes Orbit is involved in. Community Reporters are involved customers in Orbit South who report on events and news taking place in our communities.

Orbit customers should be proud of their landlord, as they are helping and supporting people to a bright future.

How? Well, I visited a charity called Aspire in Margate and I was amazed at what I saw.

Aspire provide young people who are not in education, training or employment (16 years old plus and who often have no qualifications from school), with basic maths and English qualifications. They also have available other courses such as construction skills, food hygiene, first aid etc.

They then help that young person to secure further training, or an apprenticeship or employment. Orbit can make referrals to them (via the Housing Teams who identify families who they feel could benefit)

The centre also creates opportunities for young adults too, helping them gain their confidence and to believe they can turn their lives around and look to the future.

Community Investment Emily Fell Piccrop

I met and interviewed Emily Fell (pictured above), a very interesting and ambitious young lady who runs the Aspire Centre and she told me the courses help those attending discover a sense of destiny.

I sincerely hope they will get all the funding they need to carry on their good work, and I wish Emily and Aspire every success in the future.

Samir AraffaCommunity Reporter