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Manchester Community Spirit awarded £34,000 by various doners for their work with disadvantaged young people in Manchester.

Posted by MANCHESTER COMMUNITY SPIRIT on March 31, 2017 at 8:10 AM

Manchester Community Spirit in Levenshulme, are delighted to announce that several doners have awarded them a combined grant of £34K over 1 year towards their dynamic work with young people.

This grant will fund our Building Confidence and Self esteem project and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Manchester. Nearly 1 million young people are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in the UK. As well as costing the UK economy an estimated £34 billion a year, unemployment negatively impacts a young person in the long-term, affecting their self-esteem and future earnings. These young people feel pushed to the edge of society; many are told they will never amount to anything and feel hopeless.

We have the opportunity to transform the future of this lost generation! Working towards the government strategy for children and young people, "Every Child Matters". Manchester Community Spirit will offer a holistic informal approach to building confidence, resilience and wellbeing in the lives of local disadvantaged young people. We aim to run project based weekly sessions to achieve this including.

Having conducted a recent survey of local youth provision in our area, to our astonishment there are only two youth providers in the locality providing much needed services for local young people. The other project seems to mainly attract and ethnic minority group of young people, and therefore young people from different backgrounds including British, & other ethnic minorities feel isolated . Therefore we have become the only other service provider which young people can safely access.

With the support of our Doners, we will be able to continue reaching out to the young people in Levenshulme/Gorton. Nicola Witter the project manager at MCS said; “We could not reach out to the young people in Manchester without the support of BBC Children in Need, Westhill Endowment, Awards For All The Camellia Trust and the We love Manchester fund . The grants will go on to change the lives of so many young people and give them the support they need.”

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal. Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK. All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders. BBC Children in Need is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. BBC Children in Need are currently supporting c.2,600 projects that are working with children and young people facing a range of disadvantages or challenges in their lives such as, poverty and deprivation;abuse or neglect or any kind of disability.


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