Southend YFC receives funding to support young people at risk

14 November 2013

ATF Southend YFC has received investment of almost £11,000 from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery.

The funding will enable them to develop a programme of regular, structured activities for 100 local young people aged between 12 and 16 years old that are at risk of being excluded from mainstream education. The activities aim to improve confidence, challenge negative behaviour and have a positive impact on both physical health and emotional wellbeing.

The project and the group’s activities have been set up by local people, for local people. It is overseen by a committee made up of parents, representatives from schools, Trinity Football Club and the young people themselves.

Rachael O’Brien, Chair - Achievement Through Football (ATF) Southend YFC, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from People’s Health Trust which is enabling us to work with even more young people from the area.

“We’re specifically looking to engage with young people from five areas of Southend on Sea that experience high levels of deprivation – the Milton, Victoria, Shoeburyness, St. Luke’s and Kursaal wards – where we believe we can make a big and very real difference.”

John Hume, Chief Executive – People’s Health Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be able to fund programmes like this which provide invaluable opportunities for young people to make friends and support each other whilst helping to create even stronger links and ties within communities.”

So far, more than £670,000 has been raised for good causes in Essex by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery. Other organisations that have already received funding from People’s Health Trust in the county include: Teen Talk Harwich, Royal Voluntary Service, Scope, Sustrans, The Shadyfish Xperiance, Essex Marching Corps, Berecroft Residents Association, Vange Community Gardening Group, Mencap, Young at Heart Club, and Active Life for a Healthier You.

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Media contacts

For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust, please contact Sarah Nuttall – Communications Manager – 020 7697 4019 / [email protected]

For media enquiries about ATF Southend YFC, please contact Stuart Long – Secretary, ATF Southend YFC - [email protected] / 01702 298475 / 07411 630102. 

 

Notes to editors

HealthStrength is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Essex. www.HealthStrengthCIC.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

Achievement Through Football (ATF) Southend YFC works with young people at risk of exclusion to provide a safe environment, increased opportunity and enhanced wellbeing.  Its activities are not limited to Football and its staff far more than just coaches. By building a sense of community and teaching life skills through sport, it aims to have a positive impact on anti-social behaviour in the local area. ATF Southend YFC works with a range of community partners including: schools, councils, probation, sports organisations and housing associations. Working together, it delivers programmes for young people aged 5 to 11 and 12 to 24 years. http://achievementthroughfootball.org/

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