In 2021, CVQO delivered an ILM Level 2 Young Leaders course to a group of young people at Mimi’s Mission in partnership with Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services (LCVYS).
Mimi’s Mission is a youth, community centre and café based in Louth, Lincolnshire. Its aim is to promote community cohesion across all ages and was founded in 2020.
Its star is Amelia Wood, who was sadly diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. The local community supported her emotionally and financially through fundraising for three years of treatment. Tragically, Amelia lost her life in 2018 when she was involved in an accident involving a 4×4, despite the desperate attempts of Lincolnshire Ambulance Service, the Air Ambulance and Queen’s Medical Centre to save her.
Mimi’s Mission was set up in her memory to give back to the community who gave so much to Amelia’s family during such dark times.
We caught up with Hayley Hodson to find out more about the project, and how a CVQO ILM Level 2 Young Leaders qualification is helping its young people.
How will the course benefit the learners who took part?
The course has benefitted all the young people that attended. Their confidence has increased, they are not shy about taking control of session activities. They are proud of achieving their qualification and confident it will aid them in future employment or education.
How were the young people who took part in the course selected and what sort of backgrounds did they come from?
All young youth workers 14 years and above were offered the training to ensure fair opportunities for all. The session included a wide range of personalities, some have been in trouble with authorities previously and others shy and anxious. All families are local to Mimi’s and of similar socioeconomic status.
Why do you think programmes like this are so beneficial for young people?
The programme is amazing and would benefit all young people. We had different personalities working as a team, laughing together, listening to one another and taking ownership of their futures by attending voluntarily. I would recommend the course and the two wonderful instructors to any organisation. The young people are eager to further their training and thinking about their future.
“Youth work is so important for young people to achieve their potential. The ILM Level 2 Young Leaders Award, delivered by CVQO instructors, really supports the ethos of Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services in ‘growing our own’.
“The course is great fun but more importantly it creates future leaders for the voluntary sector who have a grass roots passion for their clubs whether faith, uniformed, arts, sport or independent. We can’t wait for our next course.”
Frances Carlsen LCVYS Senior Development Officer.