The Apprentice star fired up by youngsters’ enterprise

Melody Hossaini with members of the Sherburn Neighbourhood Policing Team, who could be working together on a youth project in Durham.
Melody Hossaini with members of the Sherburn Neighbourhood Policing Team, who could be working together on a youth project in Durham.
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AN APPRENTICE star could be using her global success to help North East young people fulfil their dreams.

Melody Hossaini, whose business acumen was put under the scrutiny of Lord Sugar in this year’s BBC series, is working with police in Durham on proposals to launch a project in the city.

Melody Hossaini

Melody Hossaini

The 26-year-old runs InspirEngage International, and was approached by Pc Waheed Mughal in the hope she would get involved in some work with youngsters from the Belmont area.

Melody – whose ruthless approach ruffled the feathers of fellow Apprentice competitors – met with officers from Sherburn Neighbourhood Policing Team at Ramside Hall during a trip to the region, with further talks planned.

She said: “I am delighted that InspirEngage International is partnering with Durham Police, to increase opportunities and provide support for the young people in the Belmont area.

“I look forward to going onwards and working with the young people and the police, in what will hopefully be a very valuable and innovative project.”

Officers say the work would run alongside other initiatives, designed to reduce antisocial behaviour and offer positive alternatives to the schoolchildren.

A spokesman for the force said: “The aim is to have this up and running in the near future, and Melody’s experience in this line of work should prove to be invaluable.”

Since the Apprentice, Melody has built on her experience as a youth trainer to raise the profile of her company, which was founded three years ago.

The social enterprise now runs public speaking sessions and consultancy services.

If the Durham Police project becomes a reality, it will see her working alongside members of the beat team with school children from the area.

The officers hope they can build on past successes to break down the barrier between them and young people living on their patch.

The police have played against the youths in football tournaments, and got to know them through a series of meetings to develop ideas about activities in the area.

It has led to them becoming a member of the Investing In Children, a County Durham project which aims to protect and promote the human rights of children and young people.

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