From Strength To Strength

An organisation set up to help empower young people across North Wales continues to “go from strength to strength” after the first year of funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Youth Shedz Cymru aims to set up a network of ‘Shedz’ through North Wales, offering safe places for young people to proactively engage, develop new skills and further their education.

The charity has also now achieved registered status, as well as winning a series of awards and positive acknowledgements during the last 12 months.

Youth Shedz is now a year into a three-year grant of £65,000 from the Steve Morgan Foundation, and the charity’s founder and manager Scott Jenkinson, and chairman Martin Harrison, have provided an update on their progress which has seen a total of five Shedz now up and running.

“The grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation has really taken the pressure off us, allowing us to focus and develop the model in such a way that we can look towards to being sustainable in the future,” they say.

“Over the last year we have been the recipients of awards and acknowledgements from a range of organisations and people (including the Steve Morgan Foundation) recognising the work that we are doing. 

“We have gone from strength to strength and are really starting to see the benefits of the project to the young people themselves and the wider community. The difference the safe space and the mentoring is having on certain individuals has been a joy to see.

“As an organisation we are developing nicely, and while we have had challenges to overcome, we have learned many great lessons along the way. 

“We really feel that the foundations have been laid well and now we are putting the ‘meat on the bones’. 

“Each shed is starting to develop a heartbeat of its own and the Shedderz are growing in confidence and joining us at events speaking about their charity. 

“We are also taking part in more community projects helping the young people reach out to their community. 

“Anti-Social Behaviour is being reduced, young people are developing and becoming resilient members of their community, and education provision is helping young people with their school work. 

“As an organisation we are also growing nicely. 

“We have two members of staff now and are constantly working on our model and looking at ways of improving provision but with an eye for the future.”

There are many examples of how Youth Shedz has proved beneficial to young people within the local community, including one school pupil showing a huge improvement in their behaviour and overall wellbeing after previously struggling with attendance, behaviour and effort.

Another Shedder has actually overcome issues with anxiety and depression to take on some media duties for Youth Shedz – his work can be seen at Youth Shedz Media on Facebook and You Tube.

The charity has already been commended by the Welsh Assembly, and Scott was also one of the keynote speakers at the recent Steve Morgan Foundation annual conference at which Youth Shedz were named runners-up in the Best Charity or Social Enterprise Changing Young Lives.

“The grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation has provided the vital base funding to enable Youth Shedz to become established and to grow, and to employ staff,” add Scott and Martin.

“We presently have 25 shedders and over the next year we expect to open at least three more sheds, with 15 more shedders, and an additional member of staff. 

“Youth Shedz would like to thank the trustees of the Steve Morgan Foundation for this grant and their support and encouragement over the past year.”

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