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1st Jul, 2022

Stratford wellbeing organisations receive cash boost to help district's young people

WELLBEING organisations aimed at young people in Stratford have benefited from a cash boost.

Stratford District Council has awarded grants to Lifespace Trust, Escape Arts, Warwickshire Young Carers and The Depot Youth Club.

All four support young people’s wellbeing in a number of ways, particularly as they adjust to major changes brought by the pandemic.

Lifespace Trust – which received £3,000 – delivers workshops to girls to help build confidence and strategies to help them cope with anxiety.

Chief executive Rachel Key said: “After a year that has tested many people’s resilience and self-esteem, Lifespace’s RecoverHer/Their workshop programme gives young women the chance to explore their strengths and appreciate how incredible they are.”

Creative wellbeing charity Escape Arts also received £3,000 to deliver a ‘Dungeons and Dragons society’ where collaboration to overcome obstacles is crucial. Young people from across the district will meet in a supervised online platform to play the game.

Chief executive Karen Williams said: “Escape Arts are delighted to receive this funding for a new Dungeons and Dragons project for young people aged 13 to 16.

“The Escape Arts Dungeons and Dragons Society opens up a world of adventure, camaraderie and excitement. Young people work together to complete objectives like rescuing a town from a rampaging dragon or saving a princess from an evil tyrant as well as enjoying a few tales and laughs with fellow adventurers. The project encourages team building, decision making, and inclusivity. It develops social and other life skills which can be used in the real world.”

Warwickshire Young Carers received nearly £2,000 for outdoor equipment to bring young carers together for small group activities, where they can relax and learn new skills.

And The Depot Youth Club – run by Alcester Town Council – received £2,800 to train volunteer mentors to work at the club, offer workshops and provide mentoring to those who need additional support.

Wellbeing coordinator Wendy Sherwood said the funding would allow them to provide more specific mentoring, as well as social activities to help reduce loneliness and social isolation for young people in Alcester.”

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