Skills for life

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Our Space 4 U service supports young people aged 5 to 18 who are affected by someone else's substance misuse. Based in Chesterfield, we offer help to young people and try to develop their own ways of coping with their situation.

Here's how we can help:

- We offer individual support and advice on issues that children and young people identify themselves. These can include worries about family life, keeping safe and lack of understanding about alcohol and substance misuse.
- We offer access to first aid training.
- We help to engage children and young people in activities to build self esteem and confidence.
- We identify other support networks that can help.
- We advocate on behalf of the children and young people.

If successful, we would spend the money on much needed First Aid courses for young people. They live in critical environments and these basic skills are sometimes essential.

We also require funding for purchasing Mental Health First Aid kits to help reduce stress and anxiety.

We are always looking for extra money to provide out-outbound days and confidence building days.

We provide special training on building self esteem and these trips are invaluable. We arrange Art Workshops and seasonal events, such as a visit to the Pantomime. Engaging the young people in activities builds relationships, which they may lack at home.

They get the opportunity to meet other young people who are in a similar situation, making them feel like they are not the 'only one'. This is so essential and it can help that individual to cope at home which means they can cope in wider society.

If we can prevent total break down in the home then we can keep the young person on track to lead a happy and fulfilling life, which impacts on the community and society as a whole.

People should vote for this service because the number of referrals we receive is on the rise all the time. There is a huge demand for this type of service in our area and we need to carry on helping the generation of tomorrow to become the best they can despite a tough start in life.

Action for Children - Space 4 U

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We provide a safe space for children and young people to explore their feelings and give them the time they need to learn how to deal with their situations.

Location: Derbyshire, UK