A TRIAL project to tackle rising youth unemployment in Hounslow could benefit from a £1,000 boost as part of the Let's Do It Awards.
Hounslow Asian and African Youth Association (HAAYA) is the latest charity to be nominated for the awards.
The organisation was set up more than a decade ago to help young people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and at risk of social exclusion. It already runs a Saturday school for underachievers, two youth clubs and football training sessions.
HAAYA's latest mission is a three-month trial scheme to help young people into work by offering CV workshops, interview practice and work experience placements.
"This is especially important for Hounslow, as we’ve suffered major cuts and the uncertain future means that many young people will not have the proper guidance they need to make informed choices about their futures," said HAAYA management committee member Suhel Miah.
"We hope to provide this service, which no one else in the area is offering, at weekends and during the evening."
More than a million young people are out of work across the UK, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the highest number since 1992.
For more information about HAAYA, visit www.haaya.com or call 020 8569 6350.