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Shevington Connects with Connexions
Monday 22nd February, 2010

Shevington Connects with Connexions
Connexions' advisors Darren Holmes, Anne Taylor and Sharon O'Hara with pupil Rebecca Miller.

Advisers from the council’s information, advice and guidance service for young people, Connexions, are delighted with feedback from their latest options session at Shevington High School.

And so is Rebecca Miller, a pupil at the school facing decisions about her own future. “There are so many choices and concerns,” said Rebecca. “It’s useful to get help and pointers from the team.”

Just before half term, the school played host to a range of service providers for young people – employers, local colleges and others – which pupils could chat informally with about issues affecting them and the choices coming up as they reach the end of their school careers.

“Nearly 200 people came to discuss their options,” said Darren Holmes, Connexions’ Personal Adviser at the school. “There are so many decisions to be made when school ends, and we are here to help. This event went really well!”

Connexions – who offer support, advice and guidance to young people aged 13 to 19, as well as up to 25 years for those with a disability, has a regular presence in the school. Darren offers personal advice to the young people there and the evening gave him an opportunity to speak to pupils from Pembec School as well. “34 pupils will be transferring to Shevington in September,” Darren added, “and here we ensured that they got the same level of information to help them in their decisions for the future.”

Connexions Personal Advisers work with young people in schools, special schools, colleges, at the two Connexions centres in Wigan and Leigh and also at many community venues. Their advice ranges from health and leisure to career choices and housing concerns.

Cllr Susan Loudon, the council’s cabinet champion for young people, said: “Well done to the school for successfully organising another important and useful evening. The work of Connexions is extremely valuable at anytime, but especially when the economic conditions are difficult, the level of support and information they offer is essential. Best wishes to Rebecca and all her classmates.”

Headteacher Helen Mackenzie, who recently was awarded the OBE, thanked all participants for a positive evening. She said: “The school plays a central role in shaping young people as they move into further education or work, and evenings like this help to guide them into their futures.”

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