With little funding for youth provision and support over the last decade, Cinderford has gained a reputation for low participation and aspiration amongst many young people. Thanks to funding from the Trusthouse Foundation we aim to address this over the next three years.
Our 3-year Plan will
- Support young people into appropriate volunteering opportunities;
- Support young people into training and employment;
- Create new youth activity to address need in the area;
- Assist existing youth and community activities to better support young people in the area;
- Mentor young people within the community;
- Advocate on behalf of and involving young people in decisions which affect them;
- Lead the Cinderford Youth Rewards Scheme.
The above actions are in direct response to reports from our Cinderford Health and Wellbeing Project, which recently found that young people in Cinderford feel less of a connection with and are less proud of where they live, when compared to other generations. This partly explains why we have found that just 3% of volunteers are under the age of 25.
Through facilitating greater participation from young people (ages 13-25) in their community and matters affecting them, we hope to go some way to changing the current narrative.
If you would like to know more about the project or how to get involved, please get in touch with our Cinderford Youth Development Officer; Andy Lewis.