Friday, 15 June 2007

March Charity makes it sweet (IT Suite-!) for Young People

Young People March (YPM) is a voluntary organisation, established in 1993 and achieving charitable status in 1994. The centre is run with help from adults, and young people who volunteer, bringing a wide range of skills from the local community.

YPM wanted to provide an I.C.T. suite for young people providing them with PC’s, Internet access, and access to commonly used software application such as Microsoft Office.

Paul Ruskin, Director of Social Enterprise of Advice For Life, the organisation which runs the Cambridgeshire Circuit Rider Project, met with Young People March, to discuss the Computer Suite Project and identify what exactly Sarah and Jayne wanted to achieve.

Having a clear understanding of what was required meant Paul was not only able
to procure the I.T. equipment and furniture at very favorable rates, but, with the resulting savings against previous quotes, could also provide a full ICT support contract and some software application training.

The furniture was built on site by the suppliers and the ICT equipment was installed by Paul Jefford, Circuit Rider Manager, and his son Daniel, who was on his weeks work experience from Ely Community College at the time.

What Young People March Thought About The Project

Dear Paul(Ruskin)

I just want to say thank you very much for the help, support and management of our new computer suite. The organising and delivering was spot on we never had to worry about a thing which was a tremendous help to us as we are not great in the installation and purchasing of such equipment. Everyone here at YPM is very grateful and very pleased with the end results. It was great to meet you and feel comfortable knowing you had our interests at heart in what you were providing for the young people at YPM.

Since the computers have been installed they have been extremely popular and we are seeing more young people in the centre which means we are providing a better service for the community, keeping the young people off the streets and reducing anti social behaviours, they love it some of the young people have never had access to this facility so thanks to Leader + and yourselves we feel privileged to be able to provide them with this opportunity.

I would also like to thank Paul (Jefford) and his work experience student for their part in the set up, again very nice approachable people a job we could not have managed ourselves and with their knowledge and advice we felt very satisfied with your service.

We are looking forward to the training and we will see you soon.

A big thank-you from all staff and members of
Young People March


Sarah Brown / Jayne Manders (centre managers)

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