Pudsey lends a paw to mentoring charity - The Stratford Observer

Pudsey lends a paw to mentoring charity

A MENTORING charity encouraging schoolchildren to share their feelings has been lent a helping paw from Pudsey.

Stratford charity Lifespace has received a grant of £30,000 from BBC Children in Need to be used over the next three years.

The funds will help a team of over 50 trained volunteers deliver support to young people to ensure their emotional well-being, confidence and self-esteem, while also providing them with coping strategies.

Stratford School’s deputy head Karen Berwick said: “We are grateful that our young people can access Lifespace mentoring and be helped through difficult times of their lives.

Mentors support young people through regular one-to-one meetings, a safe, confidential place to tell their story and in tackling the difficulties they face.”

Charity business support manager Andrea Gardner said: “We are so thankful to BBC Children in Need for their support. We are excited this year to be able to extend our mentoring work within schools. Thank you BBC Children in Need.”

Lifespace was awarded the grant following a successful application which – during its early stages – was supported by Stratford MP Nadim Zahawi.

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