On Monday 16 July, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Faculty was delighted to host the annual TWISTA (Together We Inspire Striving To Achieve) graduation ceremony for pupils from The Oaks Academy High School, who had successfully completed a 10 week police mentoring programme.
TWISTA, led by Lindsay Chamberlain of the Cheshire constabulary, provides opportunities to raise aspirations, well-being, confidence and knowledge in young people, with the aim of decreasing anti-social behavior and promoting better life choices, which will enable young people to flourish both now and in their futures.
Manchester Metropolitan supported TWISTA in a range of ways including running exciting activities hosted by the Outdoors Studies Team, delivering workshops led by students and hosting the final graduation ceremony.
Mentors, parents and representatives from a range of organisations joined the ceremony to celebrate the pupil’s achievements.
Linda Reichenfeld, Associate Head of Department, Interdisciplinary Studies at Manchester Metropolitan, said:
“The TWISTA graduation ceremony is a wonderful conclusion to 10 weeks of very hard work from the TWISTA pupils and the many mentors guiding them.
We’re very proud to support this project here at Manchester Metropolitan and it provides a great opportunity for our students to contribute to the local community in a variety of ways; from drama and creative writing to outdoor activities.”
The students also worked with a range of community groups including Cheshire College – South and West, The Fire Service and Crewe Hall, where they participated in outdoor team building exercises, climbing, mocktail making, cadet training and much more.
During the graduation ceremony, the pupils discussed how they had gained skills, been inspired to pursue new careers and felt like doors had been opened for them.
A massive thank you to all those involved and congratulations to all 15 graduates!
Would you like to contribute to TWISTA? Are you a good listener, willing to challenge others to be the best they can be? Apply now to join our 2019 team of mentors! Find out more at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/twista-connect/.