Young women in Northumbria have been given the opportunity to participate with a Clarion Housing Group and Northumbria Police project to help them engage with positive activities and social action projects in order to build their confidence and self-esteem.
Bright Futures is an organisation which engages with girls and young women through street based intervention. The project aimed to engage vulnerable girls and young women in Rekendyke and Cleadon Park in positive activities and courses in Life and Social Development and Managing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships as well as offering weekly health 'drop in' sessions which provided free advice on sexual health, substance misuse and smoking.
In addition, the project has developed opportunities for the young women to get involved in social action projects with other Clarion Housing Group residents including a Christmas drama project, a mosaic garden and the opportunity to share their learning and act as a peer educator to younger girls in the community.
So far, the group has engaged with over 100 women over the 12 months of the project, with many of them gaining a Level 1 qualification in Life and Social Development from One Awards.
Helen Bowman, Bright Futures Managing Director, said:
We wanted to help young women access support to live safer and healthier lifestyles and to move closer to finding employment.
"Since the project launched we have also been able to break down barriers between the young women and other residents on the estates. They now work together to overcome problems and help make the estates safer places to live.
"Going forward, we are continuing to work with residents on the estates and we have taken on a further community room in Rekendyke to be able to offer more support to the community there.
The social action projects were very successful in engaging the young women, increasing their skills, self-esteem and confidence, encouraging new relationships with elderly people by supporting a monthly reading club for more elderly residents.
Bright Futures will continue to develop its work alongside Clarion Housing Group to directly benefit its residents and will apply for further funding in the future to enable them to continue their work and help improve the lives of local young women.
Clarion Housing Group (formed following the merger in 2016 of Affinity Sutton Group Limited and Circle Housing Group) is the largest housing group in the country and one of its biggest housebuilders. Through its Community Grants Programme - managed by Groundwork - it awards grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to charities, community organisations and voluntary groups for projects which primarily benefit its residents.
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