Mark Jenkinson Member of Parliament for the Workington constituency has met with the leaders of a Workington-based learning centre.
Helping Hands on James Street, Workington works with young people who face challenges in mainstream education, working closely with local schools and social services.
The organisation, which has been running for three years, is managed by Louise Varey and Ryan McDonald.
Mark Jenkinson MP said: “I was pleased to see that Helping Hands has seen significant success in helping young people, building their confidence, assisting with life skills and helping them with their personal development.
“I accept that mainstream education, particularly if it has a more academic focus, does not suit everyone. Organisations like Helping Hands ensure that these young people can fulfil their potential.
“I was particularly impressed with the way Louise and Ryan work alongside families of young people so they have a clear picture of their background and experience, allowing them to tailor their support to the unique educational needs of every young person.”
Helping Hands is presently working with seven young people to provide vital support.
The premises include a workshop for woodworking and renovating bicycles, a food preparation area and a common room.
The organisation works with young people from 11 to 25, with a policy in place of never turning people away a young person in need.