A NEW mentor is supporting the emotional wellbeing of young people in Stratford thanks to backing from a local business.
Lifespace, which provides one-to-one mentoring for children and young people, is recruiting another mentor after being announced as the chosen charity of Loxleys Restaurant.
The venue has pledged to fund a volunteer role at the Stratford-based charity for the next year, as well as a six-week workshop that will help eight young people from the area.
The restaurant is also planning some fund-raisers as part of its ongoing support.
Lifespace works with young people aged seven to 19 to create a safe and confidential space for them to explore any challenges they are facing.
Their programmes aim to help them develop the self-awareness and skills to feel more positive about themselves and their lives.
Recent figures found half of mental health issues are established by age 14 and around 75 per cent by age 24 – with 80 per cent of young people revealing exam pressure had a big impact.
They also found ten years was the average delay between a young person first displaying symptoms of mental ill health and getting help.
Issues such as parents separating, bullying, self harming and bereavement were named as likely to effect nearly a full average-sized classrooms of teenagers.
CEO Rachel Key said: “Young people have been incredibly resilient in the most difficult of circumstances, but we know that some of the issues that make life harder have spiralled in the past 18 months.
“Our mentors managed to stay connected with the amazing young people who needed them during the pandemic and now we can do even more to help them face-to-face.
“Support to fund a new volunteer mentor and a programme of group workshops will enable us to reach even more young people when they need us most.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Loxleys for choosing us as their nominated local charity for ongoing support and can’t wait to turn that support into even more help for young people in the area.”
Loxleys director Jonathan Lea said: “Every year as part of our support of the local community, we usually raise funds for a local charity but this year we wanted to go one step further and back a charity on a more long-term basis.
“Lifespace does amazing work to help children and young people at a time when they face huge challenges and we’re thrilled to be able to help contribute to that. We’re looking forward to coming up with ways to do even more over the next 12 months and maybe beyond.”
Lifespace runs programmes in primary, secondary and special schools across South Warwickshire, as well as working with families, children and young people.
Visit www.lifespace.org.uk for more information.