Lorraine Bliss, MBE will be coming to SearchNorwich 4 to explain what the St. Edmunds Society do and how you can get involved.
St Edmunds Society has been around for over 52 years, beginning as a youth hostel. St-Eds is a collaborative vocational learning hub providing an alternative learning provision for young people entering construction, transport maintenance, catering and hospitality or hair and beauty. St-Eds prides itself on offering a diverse range of training courses for students at both pre-16 and post-16 levels.
Set-up in 1966 originally as an accommodation project for young men, St-Eds’ Board, influenced by Lorraine, took the view to make a real difference to the homelessness as it was necessary to change their outlook completely and find a way of giving those who were largely without any qualifications the opportunity to learn a trade or something that would see them able to work, earn money and contribute to society as a whole. Many were talented and had much to offer but had become used to constant rejection and failure. From humble beginnings in a potting shed in the garden of the original hostel, Lorraine has presided over an incredible journey of growth and change to see St Eds become the largest independent Alternative Provision in Norfolk, offering young people some 350 training places a week in a variety of vocational skills at their Centre in Norwich.