YOUTH MOTOR PROJECT AWARDED FUNDING TO LAUNCH RESILIENCE TO EXPLOITATION PROJECT
A local charity which works with young people across the Isle of Man, has been granted a funding boost from the Manx Lottery Trust to enhance the support it offers.
The Isle of Man Youth Motor Project has been awarded £11,970 to fund a new initiative in partnership with agencies of the criminal and youth justice system, where mentoring and learning sessions will be offered to those in need of support. In these sessions, the charity hope to address particular issues including anti-social behaviours, drug abuse, theft and social and domestic violence.
Established in 1997, the charity work with young and vulnerable people by offering new experiences and motor-related activities to nurture, motivate and educate.
The scheme is to be run over a 12-month period, with individual sessions to begin with, followed by the introduction of group therapies where appropriate. Programme session content would include dialogue techniques, diversionary activity promotion, creative skill development and technical knowledge acquisition.
The clients will be identified and referred by, for example, the Police Early Action Team and other agencies, e.g. Courts, Probation Services, Educators, etc.
Peter Hodgson, Manager of Youth Motor Project, commented: ‘Since we began, our staff have helped more than 700 young people from our various programmes. Our clients walk away with a boost in their self-esteem, along with improved social, communication and team-working skills from either our engineering workshop, music diversion sessions or our group discussions and counselling.
‘This new project is particularly important, as thanks to the referral system, we hope to reach members of the community who might not know the charity is there to help. We will use proven methods to change responses and challenge existing attitudes and perceptions, with hands-on, practical and creative learning.
‘We’re extremely grateful to the Manx Lottery Trust for making this project a reality, which I’m sure will create a significant long-term impact on our community.’
Stephen Turner, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘The Youth Motor Project is a wonderful local charity, and it is clear to see the team are dedicated to offering vital guidance to young people. We wish them all the best with their latest initiative!’
This grant is from Manx Lottery Trust’s Community Awards Programme. Manx Lottery Trust has been delegated to distribute National Lottery money from The National Lottery Community Fund. To find out more, visit: www.mlt.org.im