A charity is leaving no page unturned in its bid to help young Rotherham people whose job prospects have been hit by the pandemic.
The Source Skills Academy is heading to three of the town’s libraries to set up drop-in sessions aimed at boosting young people’s confidence and skills and encouraging them into work or training.
The Source, which is based on Meadowhall Way, has helped thousands of people into work via training and apprenticeships, and improved the careers of countless employees since launching in 2003.
It has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and now, in partnership with Rotherham Council, its Community Outreach Programme is taking experienced tutors and engagement officers to libraries in the town which are kitted out with the latest IT equipment for the public to use.
Sessions start on 6th September and will run indefinitely at the central Riverside Library and branches in Dinnington and Maltby.
Said Danny Slinn, Head of the academy’s Adult Learning and Community Team,: “We want to engage with young people, 16 to 25-year-olds feeling lost and isolated, who we haven’t been able to reach during the pandemic.
“Their school and college life got disrupted and many may not have found their way into further education, work or training.
“Instead of waiting for them to find us, we are taking The Source to their local libraries, which are great community spaces and easy to get to.
“We are asking young people to come and discover what great facilities their libraries have and how we can change their lives.”
Source staff will work one-to-one with attendees to find out about their skills and what could be holding them back.
They can be guided onto courses including money management, English and maths boosters, organisational skills, self-awareness and confidence-building. Presenting and speaking skills, creative writing and digital skills courses are also available.
Sessions will be held at:

Dinnington Library and Resource Centre, Laughton Road, on Fridays from 10.00am to 3.00pm
Maltby Community Library, Braithwell Road on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm
Riverside Library, Main Street, Rotherham, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10.00am to 3.00pm