POINT have been successful in securing a £435k grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to support a new three year project. The new project entitled ‘Nurturing the Future’ will be a fantastic progression of the long-standing youth drop-in centre which supports young people from 11-25 years of age. The Nurturing the Future project will start this Autumn and will support young people with their well-being and emotional and mental health through many different platforms.
According to Children & Young People Now (a magazine for professionals working with children and young people), 4 in 10 young people say that the Covid-19 crisis has increased feelings of panic and anxiety, 32% of young people feel overwhelmed by these feelings on a daily basis and 69% feel their life is ‘on hold’.
POINT, the North Pembrokeshire based charity formally named Fishguard and Goodwick Young Person’s Trust, have continued to work hard to support young people during these uncertain times, and would like to thank National Lottery players for helping to make this new funding possible as it will undoubtedly enable new and developed service provision for young people across North Pembrokeshire.
POINT will offer the young people a range of targeted services including: health and well-being groups and activities, in house access to professional counselling, mentoring support and much more. POINT are pleased to be working in partnership with Area 43 (a Youth Charity based in Cardigan). They will provide the counselling service element of the project as they have many years of experience delivering the ‘Independent School-based Counselling Service’ for Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire schools.
General Manager, Zoe Davies explains that the project was steered by a large-scale survey, where young people identified that mental and emotional health as a big issue for them and their peers, she said;
“We are pleased to be able to offer such a service. We know that this type of support will be of value to young people, particularly during this difficult and challenging time and in the many months to follow.”
For more information on the project, please contact General Manager Zoe Davies on 01348 871887 and keep an eye on the website for project updates, www.pointypt.org.uk.
Reference: Children & Young People Now – www.cypnow.co.uk, 21st May 2020, survey carried out by The Prince’s Trust.