The National Lottery Community Fund

We are delighted to announce that we have received a National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund to support the delivery of our youth activities for the next 3 years.

In the last 12 months, we have seen a huge increase in the number of young people and families coming to us for support and this grant will enable us to adapt our services and extend our reach so that we can continue to be there for as many people as possible.

As part of this funding, we will be able to deliver extended 1-2-1 interventions, a variety of group cognitive behavioural coaching courses and regular holiday workshops. To ensure we can achieve the best outcomes for young people, parents and carers will also be able to access our 3-week Parental Resilience courses and regular drop-in sessions.

Alongside these programmes, we will of course be continuing the delivery of our Youth Mental Health First Aid training, our Youth Mental Health and Suicide Awareness course and our Everyday Mental Health course ensuring people across the community have the skills and knowledge they need to support the young people they encounter.

Henu Cummins, Chief Executive said, “This award will make a huge difference to our work with young people across Maidstone, Ashford, Swale and the surrounding rural areas, by allowing us to increase access to our wellbeing support programmes. We are seeing young people presenting with increasingly complex needs and we want to ensure they get access to the vital help they need, as soon as possible giving them skills and knowledge to live well.”

Sam Read, Head of Services added, “We are delighted to extend the support we can offer to children, young people and their families in the local area. We are so grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund and players of the National Lottery for their support in making this grant possible.”