Youthscape awarded £100,000

A project in Luton that supports and helps disaffected young people from all backgrounds and faiths in Luton has just expanded to cover more of the county thanks to a donation from the Connolly Foundation.

Connolly has donated £100,000 to fund the charity’s work with young people both in Luton and across Bedfordshire.

Youthscape is based in Bute Mills, a former flour mill, in the centre of Luton and supports and helps young people dealing with social and emotional challenges like self-harm, loneliness and difficulties fitting into school.

Founded in 1993 it is now a growing national youth work organisation providing training right across the UK.

CEO, Chris Curtis, said: “We have been offering training to Luton schools for many years.

“One of the challenges that the Connolly Foundation gave us a year ago was to extend this to schools across Bedfordshire and we have worked hard to do this.

“Over the last twelve months we have trained 230 teachers in Bedfordshire schools (not including Luton) in the following topics like anxiety and depression, young people and sexting and emotional wellbeing and resilience.”

The organisation now has 27 paid staff and more than 80 volunteers.

Chris Curtis added: “The Connolly Foundation helped us achieve the largest step forward in our twenty-three year history with the purchase of Bute Mills – our national training centre and base for our expanding work with Bedfordshire teenagers.

“Not only were they one our most substantial funders – their support and belief in the work we are doing
with young people encouraged others to get behind the project.”