A project supporting children and young people in the North West with behavioural or emotional problems has received a grant of £39,958.
Over the next two years, 90 young people aged 8-16 will benefit from a four-month programme of intensive personal support to help them overcome challenges they are facing. The project will focus on disadvantaged young people who are at risk due to disengagement from school, involvement in anti-social behaviour and poor relationships with their parents and peers.
The Engage Project aims to intervene with children and young people at an early stage – before problems escalate. The Project Coordinator will meet up with participants weekly to help them understand the consequences of their behaviour and develop resilience and practical strategies to improve their situation. Qualified in-house counsellors are also available for young people who require therapeutic inventions
These sessions will also focus on motivating young people to expand their experiences and a range of activities such as boxing and football will be on offer, which participants can continue after completing the programme.
Those who have successfully engaged with the programme will have chance to become peer mentors and support other young people.
Past projects run by Salford Foundation have been remarkably successful, with 90 per cent of participants showing improvements in areas such as school attendance, relationships with family and peers and reduced rates of offending.
We are extremely grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for this generous grant. This will enable us to make a substantial and enduring difference to local young people – ensuring they are resilient, motivated and prepared for a positive future as members of their local communities.
Phil East, Deputy Chief Executive at Salford Foundation