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  • Writer's pictureBeth Nunn

Step Up programme comes to an end

On Tuesday 17th December, we spent the evening celebrating the end of this years 'Step Up' programme at Stockport County's Edgeley Park stadium.

The programme has been running since April, and has involved 20 young people from across the Stockport borough. It has been a collaboration between PIE, Stockport County Community Foundation, Stockport Council's Neighbourhood Inclusion Team, and local social enterprise CERA Cycloan.

During the programme, students have committed to spending one Saturday a month together, to help work on the five slices (communication, digital, project management, community links and cultural capital), and receive support in the transition from primary to high school.

Formal sessions started back in April, with a team building bowling trip. Since then, students have taken part in various workshops and activities, including orienteering, bikeability training, producing stop motion animation films, rock climbing and even going to a Stockport County game.

Last night saw a celebration of all of their work, with a presentation attended by the Mayor Councillor Laura Booth. During the event, staff celebrated the work completed, and all students received certificates, goodies and a bike from CERA Cycloan.

10 of the students will now go on to train to become peer mentors for next years Step Up cohort, as part of our upcoming Empower programme.

The students have been outstanding throughout the programme and we are extremely proud of the progress they have made, and for their successful transitions to high school. We would also like to thank our partner organisations for their support in running this programme.

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