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Career Connect’s Salford Connexions teamed up with local partners to offer free self-care and tattoo art design sessions to young people.

During February, Career Connect’s Salford Connexions team and Worsley College offered a free afternoon of pampering with two free Pamper and Polish Your Career events.

Young people could have their hair styled and their nails painted, and also chat to the Career Connect team about their plans for the future.

engaging young people

During National Careers Week this was followed up with an event at the Eccles Gateway, where Career Connect and artist Beckie Miller delivered a free afternoon creating tattoo artwork and designs.

Young people were invited to create their own design using fine line pens and design templates, and they were also given a free sketchbook and pens to take away.

engaging young people

engaging young people

At both events, the team were on hand to provide advice on finding work, signpost to support and give advice on how to apply to college, university and jobs. Young people could also refer themselves to work with Career Connect to help them plan their next steps towards education, training or employment.

Feedback from the tattoo art session included:

“I came with an open mind, did not know what to expect, but enjoyed it, and would do again.”

“I really enjoyed it and would like more workshops and longer sessions.”

One young person at the tattoo art session said he was really glad he had made himself attend. He said when he arrived it felt overwhelming, so he focused on the art and found it really relaxing. He said he would like to know if Career Connect were doing anything like this again, so that he could attend.

Helen Rushworth, Team Leader for Salford, said: “The aim of these events was to create a relaxing and informal atmosphere, where young people felt comfortable. Using creative activities is a great way to start conversations – and lots of meaningful conversations took place at both sessions. We wanted to give young people a space where they could meet new people, talk, and access support from our team if they wanted to. It also helped raise awareness amongst those that attended, about what we do and how to get in touch with us. Face-to-face interactions can have a real impact on whether a young person decides to contact us for support in the future.”

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