Lighthouse Attleborough was formed to respond to the needs of the local community which experiences significant levels of disadvantage and isolation. Attleborough is affected by low skills and educational attainment, with unemployment amongst 16 – 24 year olds above the national average.
The ‘Ignite’ project offers a weekly drop-in for 11-17 year olds, providing a safe place to ‘hang out’, equipped with games consoles, indoor football and refreshments, as well as structured activities such as drama and themed sessions. There is a regular presence from the local police who actively support the group, and have credited Lighthouse with steering young people away from drugs and alcohol, and re-engaging school avoiders with the education system. The group is in contact with around 60 young people each week though the weekly drop-in and street-level outreach activities.
A grant of £5,000 was awarded by the Norfolk Youth Innovation Fund to broaden its youth activities to include monthly events for careers advice and development opportunities, plus additional monthly sessions to develop life skills such as cookery and IT.