PORTAL Programme is a project for young people aged 16 years.
There are 12 young people on the project at present and they are supported by project coordinator Annette Jones, and two part-time youth workers Jeanette Smalls and Carmel Shepherd.
Portal is a programme offered to Year 11 students from the four high schools in Ellesmere Port.
It is provided by Cheshire County Council Youth Service in partnership with the education department and Connexions. The project is also supported by the health service, the Youth Offending Team, social services and West Cheshire College.
The project provides an alternative curriculum to mainstream school five days per week, and is based at the HUB in Ellesmere Port.
Young people going out into extended work placements, attending college for vocational courses and travelling about the countryside on educational visits.
This is a project for young people who find it difficult to cope with the usual educational system most go through in Year 11.
This is not a project for 'naughty' kids. It's a project for people who want to achieve.
Each young person will leave the programme in June with a Youth Achievement Award, ASDAN Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Open College Network Certificate, First Aid Certificate, as well as Key Skills I or II in Communications, Literacy and Numeracy.
So clearly, much hard work goes on within the group, but also lots of fun things happen.
To enable the group to obtain their Drive Challenge for Youth Achievement Award they recently went go-karting at the Circuit.
They also went on trips to Chester Zoo and, along with other young people, in partnership Ground Work Wirral and First Take Video Productions, the group has made a film called Who Are We Anyway? to be shown at a gala evening at the HUB in June.