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Youth & Children’s work is vital for local communities – but how do we fund it?

Funding cuts are demolishing vital services for young people.

Like many youth organisations nationwide, the partnership between St Marys and the Motov8 charity has been working to locally provide opportunities for children and young people to do positive things together, outside of school and family.  

We believe that this work is important because there is a clear link between the kind of society we aspire to be and the chances we offer to our children and young people – to the next generation of voters, citizens, employees and parents. Dame Louise Casey’s recent review of opportunity and integration recognised this, and drew particular attention to the success of programmes offering young people positive activities outside of school and within their communities. London mayor Sadiq Khan has similarly said that we need to focus on “prioritising places and spaces where people can come together in communities”.

This feels like a welcome endorsement of the role of local youth organisations and youth work!

Alongside this positivity, however, reports show the profound reduction in services for young people resulting from funding cuts. With huge pressures on all local authority budgets, these cuts won’t be reversed.

Fundraising is an important part of running activities for children and young people, however, finding and applying for funding can be a daunting and difficult process with ever decreasing funding streams and opportunities.  Both St Mary’s and Motov8 have committed significant funds to maintaining and developing work with young people, providing not only positive activities but also support and advice. Over the past 6 years we have been able to fund a full time worker, provide toddler groups, after school clubs, holiday clubs, youth activities and special community events.  We have also provided mentor and professional Occupational Therapy support for young people and their families as well as specialist training and advice in local schools. Many local children and families have benefitted from, and continue to enjoy the range of activities and services that we provide – and we are privileged to enjoy the trust and support of many in our community.   

We are delighted to be able to announce that in mid-October we will be expanding this work by adding to our team with the appointment of a Families Worker – Rachel Kennedy who will work to develop and support activities with younger children and families in our community.   This is a bold step but we are absolutely committed to providing the best opportunities and support for local children and in so doing help to strengthen our expanding community.

If you would like to support us in this work – we would be delighted to hear from you!  We are always looking for volunteers and of course, as you might have guessed, FUNDING TOO! 

If you feel that you can help – we would be delighted to hear from you – EVERY PENNY HELPS!

You can make a donation by specifically to our Youth and Children’s work either by sending it to

Mark Badger

The Rectory

31 Napleton Lane Kempsey WR5 3PX 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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Rev. Mark Badger

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01905 820057

07828 233049

  

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