Positive Places – UK

Charity:
Streetlife

The Streetlife Trust provides emergency shelter and support to vulnerable and homeless young people aged 16-25 in Blackpool and surrounding areas

Country

UK

Start Year:

2024

Run Time:

1 year

Participant Age:

16+ years

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What is Co-Funding?

Co-funding with the ALMT allows individuals, other Trusts and Foundations, and Companies to contribute funds directly to individual, vetted and approved, project partnerships. With fifteen years of experience awarding grants and working in partnership with children’s organisations around the world, the ALMT is best placed to support you in your philanthropy.

In 2023 Streetlife provided support and shelter to 325 vulnerable and often homeless young people aged 16-25 in Blackpool. They are noticing that more and more young people are experiencing multiple disadvantage and that experiences of domestic abuse, addictions, avoiding criminal activity, adverse childhood experiences, as well as homelessness undermine wellbeing and resilience.

Streetlife has seen that often young people find it difficult to take up support from other more formal organisations and then give in to peer pressure and make choices that set them back. The “Positive Places” project will offer positive activities that are aimed at building resilience, developing skills, accessing accommodation, education and employment for 300 young people during the year.

ALMT funding will pay for a part-time youth worker to co-ordinate and run a more holistic programme of weekly activities which are based on the NHS’ “5 steps to mental well-being”:

  1. Connecting with people – activities enabling young people to improve their communication skills and involve team building and maintaining positive relationships.
  2. Physical activity – exercise sessions ranging from a group walk around the park to a sporting activity e.g. netball or football, yoga.
  3. Learning new skills – running a suite of AQA accredited lifeskills sessions in partnership with Centrepoint’s Lifewise Programme.
  4. Giving to others – supporting young people to give to others by devising a volunteering programme.
  5. Paying attention to the present – a “be kind to your mind” session promoting resilience techniques and positive mental health.

In addition to these activities, the worker will provide 90 minutes of intensive support, once a fortnight for the 10 young people with the highest levels of need. Meaning 30 young people a year will be able to access additional mentoring and coaching.

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