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Off to Costa Rica

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Off to Costa Rica

Crossing a near frozen stream at dawn is not everyone’s idea of fun but it’s a skill these young people may need when they head off to Nicaragua or Tanzania this summer.

The picture was taken at a ‘boot camp’ run by Raleigh International last month to select young people with the resilience to do well on a six week volunteering experience abroad where they will help support building and educational projects in poor villages.

Westbourne Resident Zeyad Al-Harti To our, and their delight, two young clients from the Westminster Work’s employment programme were selected. Matthew Manning from Church Street and Zeyad Al-Harti from Westbourne both won sponsored places and will be setting off to Costa Rica in June and July.

Matthew Manning , 20 years old, will be off to Tanzania, “I have always wanted to do something like this,” he says “but I could never afford it just on my own. I volunteer now in a club to help young people but this trip will be a whole different experience. I can’t wait to go!” His career goal is to be a primary school teacher.

Winning their places took a lot more than just wet feet. The successful participants had to research and deliver a presentation to a panel of judges, attend a three day residential with day and night time outdoor challenges and now they have to raise a £700 contribution towards the trip (for which the real cost is nearer £5,000).

The pilot project to help young people from Westminster’s regeneration neighbourhoods to access overseas opportunities is being run jointly by Raleigh International, Crossrail and Paddington Development Trust.

Matthew has started fund raising already. His mother is busy baking cakes for a bake sale, his sister has offered her baby for sponsored cuddles and, if that doesn’t raise enough, Matthew plans to make money by taking on his mates’ challenge to shave his head.

West Works – 800 more people now in work

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Are you looking for a job? Or do you know someone who is? Well help to find a good opportunity is right at hand.

The Westminster Works project has helped more than 800 Westminster residents find jobs over the last two years, and this service has just relocated to the Westbourne area!

You can find the team at the Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Rd.

There is a programme for adults (any age) to help find work and a separate scheme for young people to get into jobs and apprenticeships.

The scheme employs personal advisers to help sort out CVs and interview nerves etc and jobs borkers who talk to local employers about what staff they are looking for.

Just call 0203 603 2301 for an appointment or drop into the The Stowe Centre.


Cornelius had been out of work for quite a while and was worried that his age was counting against him when he tried to get jobs.

A West Works adviser found a good job for him with a company that needed a responsible person to deliver sensitive documents to the Passport Office.