Youth project's urgent appeal for funding

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 May 2019

Children taking part in the workshops with Adele Sutton.

Children taking part in the workshops with Adele Sutton.

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A project which has been transforming the lives of young people in Weston is in desperate need of funding to enable it to continue running.

Children taking part in the Revealed Project workshops.Children taking part in the Revealed Project workshops.

Revealed Projects helps children, aged nine to 18, with issues such as bullying, online safety, abuse, body image, healthy friendships, sexual relationships and self-esteem.

More than 1,200 young people across 20 organisations including schools, pupil referral units and youth groups have benefited from the scheme.

Revealed Projects was set up by Holy Trinity Church in June 2016 and was funded through a legacy for the first year.

Since then, it has been funded through donations and grants, but organisers need to raise £17,000 to keep it running for another year.

Children taking part in the workshops with Adele Sutton.Children taking part in the workshops with Adele Sutton.

Project manager Adele Sutton said: “It's a self-esteem and healthy relationships project.

“It aims to inspire young people to feel confident in who they are and develop skills to build healthy relationships.

“Self-esteem underpins how we interact with other people and how we allow people to treat us and the life decisions we make. There are so many pressures on young people, and added pressures now around social media.

“We want to help young people navigate some of the issues they are facing and be able to have strong self-esteem and identity.”

Adele runs large educational workshops for big groups, small targeted sessions and workshops for parents.

The sessions cover topics such as self-worth, emotional wellbeing and coping strategies, online relationships, signs of unhealthy and abusive relationships, sexting and pornography.

Adele added: “When setting up Revealed Projects, we held focus groups with small groups of young people across the town to find out what they felt their needs were and how they would like these to be met. Self-esteem, image, and relationships were top issues identified, reflecting national trends.”

It costs £23,000 to run the project and Adele wants to expand the service to enable more to benefit.

Revealed Projects is holding a gala ball to raise money for the workshops at the Winter Gardens on June 28 at 7.30pm, with a three-course meal, dinner, auction and live entertainment.

To book, visit htweston.org.uk/events

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