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Halton Housing helps Power in Partnership further expand in Widnes

9th November 2020

3 minutes

Power in Partnership (PIP), a social enterprise supporting disadvantaged young people in Halton will soon open a new learning centre in Widnes, thanks to Halton Housing.

Established in Runcorn in 2011, PIP supports young people aged 16-18 who are classed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment Training) with skills, qualifications and training to increase their life and future work opportunities. Halton has the highest number of NEET 16-18 year olds in the north west of England and the fifth highest in England.

Members of the PIP team with Cheryl McCabe (far left) from Halton Housing on the day PIP picked up the keys to the new learning centre on Queens Avenue in Widnes. Photograph taken prior to national restrictions on 5th November.

We began working with PIP back in 2012 by providing young people with paid and voluntary opportunities across different departments. This has covered areas such as repairs and maintenance, plastering, painting, decorating and empty home clearances.

Thanks to this ongoing partnership, we have now provided PIP with a shop unit on Queens Avenue in Widnes on a peppercorn rent to open its second learning centre, helping them meet an increase in demand for its services in the town.

PIP, who already operate a learning centre adjacent to the new one will use the space to deliver English and Maths and basic engineering and mechanical courses. This will allow PIP to engage and support even more low skilled young people who are disadvantaged or disengaged in the community and inspire them to create aspirations.

The new learning centre will help PIP with its aims to open Power Houses for community learning within socially disadvantaged wards across Halton.

Claire Bradbury, Chief Executive of Power In Partnership said: “PIP owes its success with young people’s education and training to the strong partnership with Halton Housing who have supported us and our young people since we began.”

“Young people have not only benefited from the community venues at the heart of their communities but from work placements with the supportive staff within the Halton Housing team. This is invaluable experience to add to the learners CV.  PIP works closely in partnership with Riverside College who this year achieved an outstanding with Ofsted. PIP is very proud of its strong partnerships in Halton.”

Cheryl McCabe, Halton Social Impact Officer added: “Halton Housing have a long-established relationship with PIP and I am really pleased we are able to continue our support. Having this unit will enable PIP to impact positively on more NEETS, delivering a proven and successful programme, which is particularly important during this challenging time.”

This is our third shop unit we have given to community-based organisations in the past year. Last December, we supported Nightstop‘s new Community Hub ‘The Way Forward’, providing a shop, and a garage for storage purposes. Earlier this year, we provided ‘All Or Nothing’ with a unit in Halton Lodge shopping parade in Runcorn.

To find out more about PIP and how to get involved visit, or on their Facebook page.

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