Who we have helped so far
Embrace Dance, London
A community dance group which gives young people a safe space in which to explore their creativity, grow in confidence and feel a sense of belonging.
Run by Rajaa Berezag, the free weekly dance sessions support young people’s physical and personal growth and teach valuable skills such as team work, discipline and personal motivation. Helping young people to get fitter, healthier and make positive life choices.
The Young People in Care Council, Southampton
For some young people in care, their relationship with their youth worker may be the only meaningful relationship they have with an adult – and it is often life changing. Those leaving care at 18 face far greater barriers to success than their peers.
The Child Exploitation Media Project, run by Youth Options, has enabled the Young People in Care Council from Southampton to create a film to educate about the dangers of child sexual exploitation. It will be seen by thousands of local young people at secondary schools across the city.
The Shakespeare Hospice, Stratford-upon-Avon
Last year 40,000 young people in the UK lost a parent. For many who experience this, they are left frightened, isolated and confused. The Child Bereavement Support Group, run by The Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon, has given young people the opportunity to meet others their age who are also experiencing bereavement.
They have taken part in therapeutic group activities such as arts and crafts, culminating with a residential weekend at an outdoor centre. It is hoped that by socialising and sharing their feelings, the group will feel ready to start rebuilding their lives.
Blackpool Boys and Girls Club, Blackpool
School holidays aren’t much fun if the cost of day trips and travel is simply out of reach. Blackpool Boys and Girls Club has helped to give 50 young people a summer to remember by providing a busy programme of fully funded day trips and events.
Blackpool is one of the UK’s most economically deprived communities and this project has enabled young people to get active and make new friends.
Murray House Community Centre, Newcastle
The Good Grub scheme has given unemployed teenagers from Newcastle the opportunity to regain their confidence, whilst learning how to cook. The North East has the highest youth unemployment rate in England, with more than a fifth of 16-18 year olds out of work.
The project uses a programme developed by Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food which focuses on cookery skills, healthy eating and enhancing food knowledge; giving young people vital skills for their future.
The SW Regional Youth Work Unit, Devon
Young people in rural communities can often feel forgotten, held back by a lack of local job opportunities and isolated by poor transport.
Don’t Judge Us is giving disadvantaged young people in Devon a voice by contributing monthly articles to the North Devon Journal which is read by more than 20,000 people each week. The project is helping to raise awareness of exam stress, bullying and body image pressures, whilst improving literacy.
Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated to Ambition Giving throughout 2015. Your generosity has enabled us to continue the grant scheme in 2016.