Big Funding Boost for Young People’s Charity
Submitted by JESSICA PALMER, Project Manager at POINT
POINT has been successful in securing a £434,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to support a new three-year project. The project, entitled Nurturing the Future, will be a fantastic progression of the long-standing youth drop-in centre which supports young people from 11 to 25 years of age. It will start this autumn and will support young people with their wellbeing and emotional and mental health through many different platforms.
According to Children & Young People Now (a magazine for professionals working with children and young people), four in ten young people say that the Covid-19 crisis has increased feelings of panic and anxiety, 32 per cent of young people feel overwhelmed by these feelings on a daily basis, and 69 per cent feel their life is “on hold”.
POINT, the North Pembrokeshire-based charity formerly named Fishguard and Goodwick Young Person’s Trust, has continued to work hard to support young people during these uncertain times, and would like to thank National Lottery players for helping to make this new funding possible as it will undoubtedly enable new and developed service provision for young people across North Pembrokeshire.
POINT will offer the young people a range of targeted services, including health and wellbeing groups and activities, in-house access to professional counselling and mentoring support. POINT is pleased to be working in partnership with Area 43 (a youth charity based in Cardigan). Area 43 will provide the counselling service element of the project as it has many years of experience delivering the Independent Schools Based Counselling Service for Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire schools.
POINT’s general manager Zoe Davies explains that the project was steered by a large-scale survey, where young people identified mental and emotional health as a big issue for them and their peers: “We are pleased to be able to offer such a service. We know that this type of support will be of value to young people, particularly during this difficult and challenging time and in the many months to follow.”
For more information on the project, contact Zoe Davies on 01348 871887 and keep an eye on the website for project updates: www.pointypt.org.uk.
Reference: Children & Young People Now – www.cypnow.co.uk; 21 May 2020, survey carried out by The Prince’s Trust.