This months successful applicant for the kinex Community Support Scheme funding was The Exodus Project in Barnsley.
They have a 17 year track record of improving the lives and aspirations of children and young people on some of the most disadvantaged estates in the country.
They run a network of fifteen activity clubs for children aged 8-11, and separate clubs for older youths ages 11- 15, in the heart of disadvantaged communities. They see over 400 children and young people every week. Their aim is to divert young people from destructive future lifestyles. Their approach is unique and respected locally. Their focus is on long term, trusting relationships with children, their families and the communities in which they live.
They have a unique model of working that has other key elements to it. As well as the activity clubs, they run weekend “camps” in their own premises known as Jenny’s Field. It is these weekend camps that the funding from kinex will help sustain.
Another aspect of their unique model seeks to build partnerships with others in these disadvantaged communities. They take the children and young people into elderly person’s accommodation for example, to do presentations and build trust between the generations. They contribute resources and volunteer’s time to putting on local galas and community events.
Martin, the Development Manager from The Exodus Project added,
“Funding like this one from kinex has helped to provide more weekends away for the young children and more importantly more activities at our premises, Jenny’s Field. We can’t thank you enough.”
If you know of a community group or organisation that are providing invaluable services to improve the quality of life for local people who could benefit from potential funding, please email the Community Support Scheme at: firstname.lastname@example.org