Activities Broadening Horizons for Young People

GIPSIL provides a range of support services for disadvantaged young people and families living in Leeds. This includes housing support, welfare advice and experiencies for young people aged 16-25.

With Fairhurst Fund and Leeds Community Foundation support, they were able to provide an enhanced programme of positive activities for individuals aged 14-16 living in Leeds.

 

  •  In a nutshell, could you tell us what your Leeds Community Foundation funded project involves?

We currently deliver a wellbeing and progression support service for Children Looked After who are in Key Stage 4. While this service is funded externally, we received a grant from Fairhurst Fund to enhance this service by offering a range of positive activities to these young people during the school holidays.

 

  • Why is this kind of support so vital, what’s the need and what might be the situation if the support you offer didn’t exist?

The activities meant that young people could come together during peak times of social isolation in the holidays and meet with their peers while enjoying new experiences and gaining new skills.

 

  • Could you share a rewarding moment you’ve had so far? Is there a particular story you could share from a beneficiary you’ve helped?

While the young people receive individual support, the activities meant that beneficiaries could build friendships with other young people who were also care experienced.

One young man’s foster carer said that he had really matured through the summer activities and now had a wider social network.

 

  •  What made you apply for a Foundation grant, what difference has the funding from the Foundation made

We applied for funding so we could provide a more extensive programme for the young people we support. Alongside mainstream activities such as trampolining and go karting, young people broadened their horizons by trying new activities such as a comic book illustration workshop and walks in the dales. They also learned new skills as they requested a regular cooking group and chose the menu and bought the ingredients.