Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Hexham Youth Initiative supported by People's Health Trust for the Fit for the Future project

I am thrilled to hear that the excellent People’s Health Trust has recently awarded a grant of almost £19,000 to the Hexham Youth Initiative for their Hexham East – Fit for the Future project.

This new two-year project aims to deliver sessional activities during term-time and school holidays for children and young people aged 8-16 years living in Hexham East, in order to build self-esteem and improve wellbeing. A Youth Leaders Group will design and organise the programme based on the requests of the young people. Day trips will also be organised in the school holidays for the young people and their families to socialise together and with others in the community. There will also be a steering group which will include at least six young people to oversee and further shape the project as it is being delivered.

This is clearly an excellent initiative which will have a positive impact on the lives of many young people and their families in Hexham. I thank the People’s Health Trust for all that they do to support communities in Northumberland, raising over £1.5 million to date for the region. This is only possible due to the public’s participation in The Health Lottery, so I also thank everyone who has played so far and encourage more to support this worthy cause.