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DCH: Holds programme for youth talent development

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DCH: Holds programme for youth talent development

Young people at risk of being homeless across the south west have been given the opportunity to apply for a Talent Bond to help them flourish in their area of choice.

The Talent bond scheme is run by the Foyer Federation - the UK charity developing the Foyer network - and offers a personalised approach to investing and enabling young people to cover the costs of talent development. Applicants had to choose to:

  • learn something
  • achieve something
  • enable something
  • make a difference

In total, the housing association DCH and the Foyer Federation gave out four bonds to young people totalling over £1,400.

The bonds will be used for a variety of aims, including a community action project, driving lessons to help someone achieve their dream of being a care worker, and singing lessons to help someone pursue their goal of becoming an actor.

Rebecca, a DCH Foyer resident from Plymouth applied for funding for a camera to help her follow her aspirations to be a fashion editor and blogger. On hearing, she’d been successful with her application for the Talent Bond Rebecca said “Getting the bond for the camera has enabled me to practice and develop the skills I have learnt at college. I am currently doing a fashion and textiles course. It has also allowed me to flourish and advance my passion as a hobby as well as my future career. I will be able to learn so much and express myself through photography and film by being able to use the camera in my own time.”

Sophie Hembroke, DCH Choice Coordinator said “The camera has allowed Rebecca’s confidence to grow, both within her work and her own self-esteem. The goal is for the camera to enable Rebecca to produce a higher standard of work, achieve good grades and therefore open up more opportunities in terms of employment. Rebecca’s dream career is to become a photographer, blogger or model – she is unsure of which one yet but she certainly has the talent to do all three!!

“We are extremely proud of the commitment and passion Rebecca shows and she is inspirational both behind the lens and in front. Rebecca has recently had her modelling photographs published in a New York fashion magazine! Watch this space: a star in the making.”

Jenny Endean, DCH Young Person Service Development Manager said “Our Foyers and young people services create nurturing environments in which young people take their time to explore who they are and what and who they wish to become. It’s great that with our partners we are able to offer opportunities such as Talent Bonds to young people like Rebecca that enables them to start making their dreams a reality.”

As a leading regional housing association, DCH has invested around £565m into the south west economy over the past five years. DCH is committed to supporting growth in the region; from building thousands of new homes and working with partner organisations such as the Foyer Federation, last year they supported 368 young people in their Foyer accommodation.

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