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Framlingham: Fresh Aspirations Forum gathers pace in advance of its official launch

PUBLISHED: 18:01 03 September 2014

Fresh Aspirations Forum leaders and potential new members pictured at the Framlingham Technology Centre

Fresh Aspirations Forum leaders and potential new members pictured at the Framlingham Technology Centre

Plans to broaden young people’s horizons in east Suffolk by building skills and developing their confidence are gathering pace in advance of the project’s official launch later this month.

Prospective members of the Fresh Aspirations Forum in Framlingham have been learning about the opportunities offered by the project when it holds its first meeting on September 18.

The project, devised by Jenny Stockman, chairman of the Framlingham Business Association, will draw upon the expertise of entrepreneurs to offer the young guidance to achieve their future ambitions.

Already, a number of high school and university students living in the area have expressed their interest in joining.

Jack Doyle, 14, who attends Thomas Mills High School, said it “seems very interesting”. And Bath University student Helen Stanford, 19, said she thought it was a “great idea” and would help her explore her future options.

Mrs Stockman has announced that the launch will now be a joint celebration marking the expansion of Swarm – a Norfolk based apprenticeship scheme, which will begin operations in Suffolk.

“The two fit very nicely together,” she said. “What we are trying to do is open people’s eyes to give young people a real life picture. We want apprenticeships to be so much more than the current offer - that’s why we’re working with real businesses to develop entrepreneurial skills.”

The launch attended by Dan Poulter MP takes place from 4.30pm on September 18 at Framlingham Technology Centre.

Police have launched an attempted murder investigation after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in Osborne Street, Colchester, in the early hours of this morning.

A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

Emergency services were called to an incident in Stoke-by-Nayland where a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

A Suffolk family had the BBC’s DIY SOS team spend 10 days at their property in November.

Witham MP Priti Patel is urging schools in the region to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the infamous Holocaust concentration camp Auschwitz, as part of a nationwide programme to educate pupils of the atrocities.

Nadhim Zahawi, minister in the Department for Education says the Ipswich Opportunity Area plan will give young people in the town to be the best version of themselves.

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