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Community flock to Christmas Teenage Market

Tuesday, November 28 2017

West Lancashire College teamed up with The Birchwood Centre to host a Christmas Teenage Market and Open Day last Saturday.

The college was buzzing with a footfall of over 400.  Visitors were able to purchase some fabulous gift items produced by college students and stallholders from The Teenage Market, view some outstanding dance and musical performances, received course advice & guidance and sign up to a range of Winter courses.

The college holds a charity Christmas Market each year for students to produce and sell gift items and services to develop their enterprise and corporate social responsibility skills. This year they joined up with The Teenage Market, a national initiative aimed at transforming towns and city centres with the creativity of young people.

Denise Williamson, Principal at West Lancashire College, said “We were truly inspired by the talents of the young people attending the Christmas Market and are very proud of the contribution they make to our local community.  Congratulations to all involved.”

Birchwood, a young person’s charity, were determined to bring the Teenage Market to Skelmersdale. Stella Connell the Birchwood Chief Executive said  ‘It was an amazing first for Skelmersdale and I am delighted that we are giving young people a free platform to showcase their business talents and creative skills, Birchwood were delighted to be at the forefront of this event’ She also went on to thank all the partners involved this included West Lancashire College, Well Skelmersdale, The Artz Centre and the E rooms, but in particular wanted to thank Gabrielle Aspinall and Grace Vella, two young volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure the event was high quality and that everyone involved had
an amazing experience.

Councillor Neil Fury, the Mayor of West Lancashire said ‘the whole market was buzzing with
live performances and traders.  I was really impressed by the quality of the stalls and the event, so much so that this needs to be a regular event in West Lancashire’.

Leader of the Labour Council Ian Moran added ‘We need to support our young ntrepreneurs, we need to breathe life into our traditional markets and the Teenage Markets is a great way to do this’

Teenage Markets are already established in various locations across the country and have been highly praised by shopping guru Mary Portas. Skelmersdale want to be part of this movement and intend to host the market with the support of local businesses and the local council in a retail, trading environment to build on what has already been an outstanding achievement.

Over £1000 was raised by West Lancashire College Students, who are delighted to donate funds to local worthy charities including The Birchwood Centre.

For further details on courses and training available at West Lancashire College please contact Student Services on 01695 52300 or visit www.westlancs.ac.uk

West Lancashire College, College Way, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6LH.


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