In the last six weeks, twelve young people have taken part in the pilot workshops for the YES (Youth Enterprise Scheme) Project. They looked at finance, operational costs, market research and promotional planning and now they all have an understanding of what social enterprise involves.

The YES team have created external relationships, are working in partnership with Rob, a local joiner, and have experienced retail and the importance of customer service.

Over the six sessions, the YES team have created shabby chic signs, beautifully distressed chairs, and have had the opportunity to take a hands on approach making planters with the help and support of Rob.

The YES Project successfully sold two planters at the Lighthouse Charity Shop in Ripley, and had customer orders for two larger planters to be made. They also had their first customer order of furniture to shabby chic!

The YES team will be part of the Blend Youth Project's summer program, and from Wednesday 30th July for six weeks they will set up base in a warehouse in Jacksdale, where the participants will learn new techniques such as sticker bombing, decoupage, and learning French gothic and Italian shabby chic techniques.

Once completed, these items will be up for sale in the Lighthouse Charity Shops, and money made will be invested back into the social enterprise.

If you would like to know more about the Blend Youth Project, please visit their website here -