Added on: 8th August, 2017 by Natalie_26298
A Kent charity that supports young people, youth clubs and the youth sector across Kent and Medway is set to receive a welcome fundraising boost thanks to one regional housebuilder.
Young Kent was selected as a part of Persimmon Homes South East’s Community Champions scheme, being awarded £1,000 to further the charity’s work within the community. Persimmon’s Community Champions project sees a pot of up to £24,000 donated to groups and charities in the south east each year.
Young Kent aims to ensure every young person, regardless of their background or other barriers, is given the opportunity to realise the true potential, drawing upon their talents to ensure they have the brightest future possible. The organisation works closely with youth clubs around the area as well as delivering programmes to support disadvantaged young people.
Fundraiser Sarah Kelly said: “We are thrilled to receive funding from Persimmon Homes' Community Champions initiative, as this allows us to improve our much needed services.
“We are raising money to run a workshop which engages young people in discussions about emotional and mental wellbeing. The workshop will aim to dispel common myths young people may have about mental health with the hope of removing the stigma around the sensitive issue.
“The much-needed funding will help us towards this and through our own fundraising efforts we are now well on the way to getting this session up and running.”
Tom Wright, managing director for Persimmon Homes South East, said: “This community initiative is a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where Persimmon Homes works.
“Young Kent is providing a vital service and we are very happy to be supporting the community and the organisation’s new workshop activities.”
Persimmon Community Champions is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.
If community groups and charities were unsuccessful with past applications Persimmon Homes South East is urging them to visit the website and try again.