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Children’s initiative coming to town

The team from Leading Link pictured during the visit to Draeger UK and Ireland in Blyth. Picture by Paul Lowden.
The team from Leading Link pictured during the visit to Draeger UK and Ireland in Blyth. Picture by Paul Lowden.

A charity is supporting young people in an area of south-east Northumberland thanks to help from a medical and safety technology manufacturer.

Draeger UK and Ireland, based in Blyth, has given Leading Link a generous donation to set-up the Children’s University, which will create the opportunity for every school in the town to access the pioneering programme.

The Children’s University is a passport system where children and young people can collect stamps and record their participation in activities after school and with local and national youth providers.

Once they have collected 30 hours or more, they can then don gowns and caps and attend a Children’s University graduation ceremony – usually held at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

The aim of the programme is to build aspirations by engaging children and young people in new experiences. Leading Link manages the Northumberland model of the national scheme and has currently issued more than 800 passports.

Leading Link CEO Lyn Horton said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside Draeger and are excited about more opportunities in the future, especially through the Children’s University.”

The partnership has also included Leading Link’s youth media team working with some of their younger peers as actors to create Draeger’s contractors health and safety video.

For more information about the Children’s University in Northumberland, call Leading Link on 01670 820088.