Choices for life – careers and options fair for young people with additional needs

A careers and options fair ‘Choices for life’ is being held this week to help young people with additional needs to make choices about their future.

The ‘Choices for Life’ event takes place on Friday 24 March from 10am to 7pm at Yeovil College, Ilchester Road, Yeovil, BA21 4DR.

Young people aged 14 to 25 with additional support needs are invited to attend the event to find out about local job opportunities, education choices, advice on social activities and options for living more independently.

The event aims to provide valuable information to young people to help them understand the opportunities available to them and how they can reach their goals in life. There is also advice available for parent carers in a ‘Parent-Carer hub’ providing practical advice and a chance to meet other parent carers.

Stall holders at the event include: Yeovil College, Strode College, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Train 4 All, Somerset Skills and Learning , Bournemouth University, The Volunteer Network, Spark, Short Breaks, Somerset Rural Youth Project, Institute of Advanced Motorists, Somerset You Can Do, Aspire, Lloyds Bank, EDF Energy, Job Centre Plus, Dimensions, 1610, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP), The Enham Trust, Shared Lives scheme, Knightstone Housing, Somerset SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIAS) and South Somerset District Council.

The event has been devised by young people in ‘The Unstoppables’ group, a youth forum with experience of special education needs, who champion young people’s views. They have planned the event in partnership with Somerset County Council to make sure the advice and support effectively meets the needs of young people. The young people have produced a short video for attendees to watch to welcome them to the ‘Choices for Life’ event.

Julian Wooster, Director at Somerset County Council for Children’s Services, said: “This event will be hugely beneficial for young people with additional support needs. There will be masses of information, people to talk to and activities to try out. It has been created by young people who have experience of what it is like to be young person with additional support needs. The whole event has been designed to meet the young people and families’ needs in the best way possible. I hope that young people and their families will take the opportunity to attend this unique event.”

To find out more about the event and to book a place go to: https://www.facebook.com/sendparticipationteam/