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Breathing Space: Youth Mental health

£500 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 6 months
Created January 29, 2018
Mental health issues among young people are continuously rising and there are not enough services out there to support them.

75% of mental illness starts before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life take root before the age of 15.

As a Youth Worker, I am constantly hearing and seeing these issues among the young people I work with and I want to act to give as many young people in Leicester a better chance of coping with these issues, feel a sense of worth and to make positive choices over their lives.


Your kind donations will support young people to access a flexible programme using outdoor learning environments that will improve their mental health, social connections, build on their coping strategies and develop a stronger outlook on life.


Your generosity will pay for us to work with young people aged 13 - 19, who live in Leicester City, for them to access a range of interactive experiences that will help them to thrive, feel confident about themselves and to have an overall sense of life satisfaction.

Activities include:

Access to a dedicated outdoor learning environment where young people will grow healthy foods and maintain a community garden with other community members. Interaction with elderly people, giving young people volunteering experiences as well as a sense of purpose.

During our time on here, we will also run outdoor workshops that explore emotional health, coping strategies, dealing with feelings, connecting with others and much more.


A camp away from home. This is an important part of the programme that will give young people a sense of independence, a chance to connect with nature and to further build on skills that will help them to tackle their mental health.

Previous experiences of running these camps have seen young people truly be themselves; putting their phones and gadgets away to engage in social activities and discovered new ways of balancing their emotions to have a higher sense of wellbeing.


Your support could make a huge difference to a young person's life. It could prevent further pressure on our public services and see more young people thrive in our communities.

We want young people to have somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.


Thanks for reading.

For more information about Focus Charity and the amazing work we do, please visit Focus Charity
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It’s been a challenging couple of weeks clearing our Breathing Space site of brambles, asbestos, trees, collapsed sheds, glass and all sorts.
With the support of young volunteers, we are close to finishing the 1st phase of its transformation.
Our next phase will be to plough and level the ground, add a workshop for young people to meet, build on their positive mental health and develop the confidence and self esteem to feel connected to their communities.
We’ll be adding a fire pit and bench surround followed by raised beds and pathways to areas where young people can reflect and be mindful of our surroundings.
There’s much more to add and lots more that young people will gain from this element of the Breathing Space project but I’ll save it for another update.
So, how will your donations be utilised on this project? Well, your generous donations will place strong youth work leadership in to the project, to provide vital support to young people and begin to build better opportunities for young people to thrive.
Without your support (which includes volunteering - get in touch) young people will continue to face mental health issues without having somewhere to go, something to do and to have someone to talk to.
Here’s a couple of pics.
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Amazing progress today on our outdoor learning environment. Myself and a few of our young people spent some time clearing the space of wood, metal, litter and waste and we could already visualise the creative ideas and views our young people have on what it could look like.
We’ll keep you posted...
Getting stuck in
The guys moving fencing
This part is now clear
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Today we got the keys to our outdoor learning space.
And yes, it may look like a run down allotment now but give us a couple of months and we’ll have it looking awesome for our programme launch in May.
Will keep you posted.
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Raised by 16 people in 6 months
Created January 29, 2018
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