Teen Talk receives funding to support young people and their families

18 July 2013

Teen Talk (Harwich) has received investment of more than £15,000 from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery.

The funding will enable young people aged between 11 and 25 and their families to take part in  activities that develop team building and confidence skills and help them to work through problems together.

Young people will have the chance to develop a powerful voice in the community through a new family forum and they will work with their families to plan community events.

The young people involved in the project will have the opportunity to gain qualifications through the National Open College Network using the skills they learn.

Hayley Lovett, Manager – Teen Talk (Harwich), said: “We are delighted to receive investment from People’s Health Trust which is enabling us to extend our programme of support to more local young people and their families.

“Parents of younger children get a lot of help and advice but that seems to dry up when they get to the teenage years. It can be difficult for them to understand their family’s troubles as they get older but we try and help them out with this scheme.

“We do not give advice or tell someone what to do, but offer support, space and time for a young person to work through their own issues, at their own pace.  We believe that young people are the experts in their lives and, with the right support, can effectively make changes for the better.”

John Hume, Chief Executive – People’s Health Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be able to fund local projects like this which support young people to take control of their own lives by boosting their skills and confidence, and helping them to find positive ways to work through problems with their families.”

So far, more than £380,000 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 Essex include: Royal Voluntary Service, Achievement through Football Southend YFC, Scope, Sustrans, Active Life for a Healthier You, Berecroft Residents Association, Essex Marching Corps, Mencap, Alzheimer’s Society, Mencap, The Shadyfish Xperiance, Young at Heart Club, Vange Community Gardening Group and Essex Marching Corps.

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthStrength, said: “The projects supported using money we raise are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across the region.”

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Media contacts

For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust, please contact George Tyson, Media Officer on 020 7697 4019 / [email protected]

For media enquiries about Teen Talk (Harwich), please contact Mrs Hayley Lovett, Manager on 01255 504800 / 01255 240024 / [email protected]

 

Notes to editors

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

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

Teen Talk (Harwich) is a registered charity established in 1998 in Tendring, Harwich as a befriending service. It offers unique, confidential support service for young people and their families. www.teentalkharwich.co.uk

 

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