Homeless youngsters to start Hatfield youth project

TWO homeless youngsters are to set up a youth project in Hatfield following an “amazing” training course held in Germany.

Sean Regan and Cherie Miller both live at Paradigm Housing’s Foyer, in Goldings House, which provides accommodation for 16 to 25-year-olds who can no longer live at home.

The pair joined 30 other young people from across Europe for the Youth in Action course, an eight day EU initiative that teaches youngsters new skills including team-building and leadership.

Sean, who is unemployed, but works three nights a week as a special constable, said: “It was the best eight days of my life.

“I came back a different person.

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“The motivation and the leadership skills they taught us were amazing.”

Meanwhile Cherie, who left school at 15 and has no qualifications, harbours an ambition to be a youth worker.

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“The best part was when we learned how to work with disabled children,” she said.

“The course put us in their situation, so we’d understand how they feel.”

Sean, 23, added: “Cherie and I are teaming up to start a project using the training we’ve had. We want to work with young people with criminal convictions.

“We’re looking for funding and professional help, and some of our friends from Germany have said they will come and help.”

If you can offer time, funds or expertise, call Toby Deans-Hickey on 01707 283035.

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