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Published on Mar 15, 2012
Run by Church Action on Poverty's Community Pride Unit in partnership with Salford University, The Salford Apprentice course aims to empower people with the knowledge they need to make positive changes to their lives and communities.
Participants are taught about politics, local government, and funding. They are mentored by university staff, study in the university library, and earn credits that count towards a degree.
Mum-of-one Sarah Whitehead, 27, of Weaste, Salford, completed the course in 2010. Using the information and contacts gained from The Salford Apprentice, Sarah established the BCD Community Gardens Association. She transformed her rubbish-filled alley into a community garden. Surrounding streets have since been inspired to create their own gardens. In March 2011, together with other Salford Apprentice graduates, Sarah created the Weaste Area Forum. As well as providing a democratic voice for people, the forum have also set up a jobs centre, community gym, and cafe in their local social club. Sarah is now a mentor for other Salford Apprentices.
In this audio slideshow produced by freelance journalist Helen Clifton, Sarah tells us why it is important to have a Fair Say.