Summer Mix 2016 going local – celebration event

Young people, youth workers and parents came together last week for a special celebration event as part of last year’s Summer Mix programme.

The event highlighted the range of exciting activities that were on offer by showing a short film created by young people and Marjons.

The 2016 Summer Mix programme, organised and funded by Plymouth City Council’s Youth Services and supported by other organisations including Routeways, Mountbatten Centre, Plymouth Argyle and Barefoot.

Councillor Terri Beer with some of the young people.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young people said: “I am really pleased that we were able to run Summer Mix again last year. Programmes like this play a vital role in helping not only engage young people in activities but also helping raise their aspirations for the future. We are delighted to be able to celebrate the achievements at this event.” 

Summer Mix is open to any young person living in Plymouth aged 11 to 19 (up to 25 for those with a disability) and opportunities range from totally different experiences like bubble football, Come Dine With Me and Bushcraft, to really practical courses aimed at getting a step into employment like, accredited Playwork, NPLQ lifeguarding, Level 2 Food Safety in Catering and accredited Paediatric and Emergency first aid.

During the Summer Mix 2016 programme, Marjon University carried out some research on the project highlighting the positive impact on Plymouth’s young people. As part of the Summer Mix programme participants were given the chance to be involved in the evaluation process, filming and interviewing the participants while gaining media skills supported by Marjon Media Unit.

During the evening guests watched the film to see the benefits Summer Mix brings to the city and hearing what conclusions have come out of the research. After the screening the volunteers presented with certificates for their contribution to the film making (picture attached).