A service that helps young people to get back into education and employment has had their new building officially opened by Peter Dowd, MP for Bootle.

Connexions, run in partnership, with Sefton Council provides targeted information, advice and guidance for young people who are not in education, employment or training.

The free drop-in service team has relocated to 242 Stanley Road, opposite Bootle Strand, providing improved access and better transport links for young people, school leavers and their families.

Also at the official opening of the brand-new offices were Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being, Eddie Sloan, Post 14 Manager along with Ruth Smith, Chair of the Sefton Provider Network and Claire Maguire from Sefton@Work.

Peter Dowd, MP, said: “It is a privilege to come down to the new centre and find out more about the fantastic work that is provided across Sefton.

“The Sefton Connexions staff perform a vital role to encourage young people to make positive choices about their future – promoting options around training, different career options, job applications and interview skills.

“This can make a huge difference not just to the individuals and their families, but the community and local economy too.”

Connexions Chief Executive, Kieran Gordon, added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sefton Council for its continued support with this programme, and special thanks go to the staff at both the Bootle and Southport centres for their continued hard-work and commitment.”

In the past 12 months, the team have helped young people progress into Employment, Education and Training through over 5000 face to face interventions both at the centres and in the local community.

To find out more about Connexions, call 0151 944 6100 for the Bootle centre and 01704 504500 for the Southport centre.


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