Thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need, we have been able to develop an innovative programme for under-18s, focusing on personal development whilst addressing physical and mental wellbeing.
The aim is to improve physical fitness, whilst improving self-esteem and levels of confidence and self-belief. A majority of the young people who participate in our youth project are from areas of high deprivation, where poverty levels are some of the highest in the country.
A dedicated Youth Development Officer runs a successful after-school and evening-based provision for a diverse range of young people, all under the age of 18, which includes one-to-one mentoring and, where necessary, onward referral to partner organisations. Examples of where we may intervene and refer on to a specialist include mental health issues, housing problems and possible homelessness, gang affiliation and grooming, and county lines exposure.