Focus Charity are celebrating this week after being awarded over £380,000 from the National Lottery towards their work with local young people. Based on Church Gate in the city centre, Focus will use the grant towards their Inspire Project to support at least 160 young people over the next four years.
The grant will provide young people aged 13 – 16 with an opportunity to experience Inspire Project, participating in a twelve-month personal development programme. 40 young people per year will take part over the next four years as they develop their self-confidence and aspirations for the future and improve their team-working, problem-solving and communication skills.
Focus has been delivering its unique and life-changing projects since 1988 and have supported almost 20,000 young people in that time.
The Inspire Project begins with a week-long residential event that provides opportunities for the young people to take part in outdoor adventure activities and to develop their team-working skills as they take on a series of challenges, such as movie making and Focus’ unique ‘Dream Day’, which sets the challenge to each young person of achieving a life goal or ambition in one day.
The project continues with one-to-one mentoring support from trained volunteers; weekly group activities and workshops; and community projects that the young people lead, based on the issues they want to address, such as knife crime, gender equality or homelessness.
Project Manager at Focus, Gavan Wilmot said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this support from the National Lottery. This project really transforms young people’s lives and we’re excited that we’ll be able to engage with so many of them over the next four years. Inspire has been created by listening to young people and understanding what they need in order to thrive and to overcome the challenges they face in their lives”
Young people will be recruited from across the city to join the project and they’ll then spend a year receiving support from Focus’ expert staff and trained volunteers.