Chamber Chat with Jenny Natusch

August 24, 2021 - 12:00am

Local Young People Need our help more than ever

It’s a cliché but so true that ‘young people are the future’ however more than 12,000 11-18’s live in the Lancaster & Morecambe area and many are increasingly struggling with their wellbeing.   UNISON research has shown that since 2010 government cuts have forced 940 youth centres to close across the UK, with the loss of 4,500 youth workers and funding for youth work has been cut by 70%. Boredom and loneliness can lead to anti-social behaviour and mental health problems…which puts a burden on the police and NHS.  Firefighting is an expensive game of ‘whack-a-mole’ and only ever a short-term solution to problems – but what long term solutions are there?

At any age, to feel well in life, it helps to find things you enjoy doing, like-minded people to do them with and a feeling of purpose. Imagine if you could find these things at an early age. Lancaster & Morecambe based charity, Escape2Make (E2M), set up in 2019 to try and help young people with their wellbeing and life chances by providing free creative courses from ice cream making to architecture. Everything is facilitated by local artists, local businesses, and national businesses.  E2M activities are designed to help young people escape from boredom, loneliness, and anything at all that they are struggling with to make things, make friends and make a difference in the community so they can feel more confident, resilient, empowered, and connected to their authentic selves, others, and their community.

E2M are passionate about all-inclusivity which means offering everything for free, so they are calling for local people, organisations, and businesses to help. For more information or to donate see www.escape2make.org or write to info@escape2make.org for details of their sponsorship package.

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