Delivered by Enfield Council’s Youth Services team and carefully selected partners, all the free courses are designed to raise young people’s aspirations, help them learn new skills and in some cases gain nationally recognised qualifications.Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Mahtab Uddin, said: "We are determined to help all of our young people achieve their potential. The fantastic activities being delivered by the Summer University will benefit them in the short and long term and provide them with invaluable skills and experiences they can draw on in the years to come, aiding, employment, social skills and emotional wellbeing. Supporting young people is not only an investment in their future, but also in the future of our communities and in the borough as a whole.”
The Summer University will for the first time be combined with the Holiday Activities Food Programme (HAF), funded by The Department of Education, which means any young person up to the age of 16 years who receives free school meals will be provided with a nutritious lunch if they participate in any course that lasts for four hours or more in one day.
Cllr Uddin said: “We understand that for some, the summer holidays can be a very difficult time for families who are struggling to make ends meet or who are juggling work and children. This programme of food and activities means we can ensure no young person in Enfield will go hungry this summer, and they can focus on having fun learning new skills and socialising with their peers.”
Registration for the summer programme is now open at https://youthenfield.taptub.co.uk/register/ for young people aged 11 to 19 years, or up to 25 years for those with a disability. Young people are asked to register first, and they can then select from a number of exciting courses from 9 July, including:
Mobile phone app development
Tottenham Hotspur FC Foundation multi-sports sessions
Career programmes, including becoming a lawyer or a trader
And much more, all on a first come, first served basis.
Following 16 months of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Summer University is called Together Unlocked, reflecting the excitement of being able to get together again. The activities will be face-to-face but COVID-19 secure measures will be in place, in-line with public health guidance.
Cllr Uddin added: “We would like to extend our thank to the Young Leaders who helped to put together the Summer University programme and who have been excellent ambassadors of the Enfield Youth Development Service. They have also achieved an accreditation in Youth Leadership and they should be commended for their hard work and enthusiasm.”
The Youth Development Service is already looking for next year’s Young Leaders. If this is something you, or someone you know would like to be a part of, please email Enfield Council - email@example.com - for more information.
Enfield Council has been proactive in its approach to youth development, attracting £1.35 million from the Young Londoners Fund for three years, which will enhance the existing youth offer for young people. The Council has also developed the Inspiring Young Enfield programme in partnership with local community groups. The aim is to positively engage with young people aged 10-21 years in a variety of projects that will enhance their emotional and physical well-being and help them to make positive life choices.
Enfield Council would like to extend its thanks to the 2021 Young Leaders who helped to put the programme together. They are:
Abihail Zola, Amari Lewin-Twumasi, Chanae McDonald, Christine Roshani Nimalraj, Dara Darkwah, Destiny Watt, Finn Cochrane-Naidoo, Goodness Marcelino, Ivie Imafidon-Marcus, Jayden Wright, Kel Hall, Leshay Whiley, Liya Prakash, Minhazur Rahman, Molly Eaton, Shanice Ramlugon, Tasha Boateng, Grace Moussongela, Salina Abubaker, Alfreda Lawson, Silvi Yodarou, Joyce Moussongela, Thaeen Thaeen, Adam Rai