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18th Sep, 2021

Depot in cash grant boost to help youngsters scarred by lockdown

Ross Crawford 19th May, 2021

ALCESTER-based The Depot Youth Club is one of four organisations receiving a grant from Stratford District Council to help young people scarred by the pandemic lockdown.

The club, which is run through Alcester Town Council, has received £2,800 which will pay to train volunteer mentors to work with the group, offer workshops and mentoring to attendees who need some additional support.

Wendy Sherwood, health and wellbeing co-ordinator at the town council, said: “We know local youth clubs can provide vital early mental health support and it is important that young people know there is a place where they can go and find support or services that they may need.

“This funding allows us to provide some specific mentoring and resilience support alongside our programme of social activities to provide a full package of provision that will help reduce loneliness and social isolation for young people in Alcester.”

All the grants were awarded from the district council’s annual funding to the voluntary and community sector which targets the priorities detailed by the authority.

Also benefiting are Stratford-based Lifespace Trust which received £3,000 to deliver workshops for girls throughout the district to build confidence, better understand their mental health and the strategies that can help with anxiety and ultimately set goals for the future.

Escape Arts, also from Stratford will use its £3,000 grant to deliver a ‘Dungeons & 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.

Warwickshire Young Carers will use its £1,939 grant to buy outdoor equipment to bring young carers together for small group activities, providing a safe environment where they can relax and learn new skills.

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