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Gateshead youngsters walk into wellbeing with new funding.

A group that supports young adults has been awarded £5,000 through County Durham Community Foundation.

Skills 4 Work successfully applied to the Made By Sport Fund, managed by the Foundation, to continue a walk and talk wellbeing project in Gateshead.

The organisation works with young people as they start work or look for work, and promotes positive mental health through its support.

Shaun, one of the young people who has worked with Skills 4 Work, said:

“As a member of Skills 4 Work, the group has supported me as I went into paid employment. The group has helped grow my confidence in the workplace, and it has allowed me to become an employee with a positive attitude in my job.

“Skills 4 Work have had a major role in my life that has contributed to my success.”

The power of support

Throughout the pandemic, the Skills 4 Work team ran six sessions a week – using sport and activities to develop confidence and raise self-esteem. Experienced qualified tutors offered quality training to help young people fulfil their potential.

Many of the young people the team work with have had difficult experiences with traditional education routes, so the project helps them to learn in a positive environment with any extra support around disability or mental health that is needed.

The Made By Sport funding will allow Skills 4 Work to continue a popular walking group, which is a much-needed, safe outdoor programme. The walk and talk group is a chance to talk about the future and taking opportunities, as well as developing skills like photography.

Making a Difference

Tracey Wallace from Skills 4 Work said: “The chance to exercise and ask questions is very important to all.

“Especially for young people who maybe don’t have the opportunity or skills to join gyms or large groups.

“The funding will allow us to continue our vital walking and wellbeing programme to continue open conversations about topics that are important to these young people.  We are proud of the difference we make to the lives of the young people and their families, but without the support of generous funders this would not be possible.”


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