A key area of focus for Wade’s Charity is the support of activities for children and young people. Trustees are particularly committed to making grants to organisations which offer opportunities to children and young people that they would not otherwise have access to.
This can include playschemes, holidays, youth clubs and specialised activities for marginalized or disadvantaged groups. Other support is provided by way of grants for equipment, sporting activities, and for uniformed groups.
Renew is a regeneration charity for disadvantaged people and communities in Leeds. Renew works with 11-25 year olds in East and North East Leeds and provides services and activities covering a wide range of topics including physical and sexual health, housing support, mediation and conflict resolution, careers advice and guidance, counselling, family support and off-site education. The multi-disciplinary team offers intensive one to one support, group work and positive activities as part of our “under one roof” approach to working with young people and their families. The mission of Renew is to enable local young people to effectively access opportunities for employment / education, to provide positive activities and a safe environment to explore emotional and mental health issues, and to give young people a voice in their area and the services they access.
What they say…
“The grant from Wade’s Charity in 2014-2015 enabled us to run 3 group work programmes for young people aged 11-13. The programme lasted 6 weeks and involved young people who have been identified by school or social workers as being particularly vulnerable. Each group catered for up to 12 participants. We used interactive and creative methods to deliver this group work, as we believe that this is the most effective way to address sensitive issues with young people. We hope that the successful delivery of these sessions will encourage a wider roll-out of this programme in Leeds schools.”
Impact of the grant:
The support from Wade’s Charity has meant that we have been able to develop a quality group work programme for young people aged 11-19 around important topics including sexual exploitation, domestic violence, healthy relationships and internet safety. The grant has meant that we have been able to pilot these groups and secure future funding from other sources to continue this important work. Wades have understood our passion in pioneering new methods of engaging young people and the grant has given us flexibility and the ability to be creative in our approach.”
Al Haqq Supplementary School
Al Haqq Supplementary School was established in 2002 as a community led voluntary project after an outcry in the community regarding the underachievement in educational levels, rising truancy levels and disillusionment felt by the local young people.
Al Haqq has aimed to tackle the above issues by running after-school clubs, such as Primary and Secondary Homework clubs, to raise the educational attainment levels of the local children. Al Haqq has evolved to be an established youth organisation determined to provide wide range of activities to the local youth population. Al Haqq has provided employability clubs, school holiday activities and citizenship building classes to develop a sense of citizenship in the hearts of youth from worldwide communities residing in Hyde Park and Burley.
What they say…
“With the support of Wade’s Charity, we run engaging and fun packed summer holiday activities for children. Our activities take place in Hyde Park & Woodhouse and Burley, which have very diverse and multicultural communities. The school holiday activities provide a memorable holiday experience for our young people to spend their school holidays in a secure and fun loving environment.
Impact of the grant:
During the playscheme a variety of art & craft activities including painting and drawing of different cultures takes place. Children also have a go at acting out scenes from famous plays, books and the chance to make masks of super heroes to act out. We have access to table tennis tables, football and cricket equipment which are used during the holidays to enable the children to have physical activities during the holidays.”
Other recent recipients of grants who provide activities and support for young people include:
Happy Days Children's Charity
Youth Theatres Leeds
Leeds University Union
Sports Aid Yorkshire & Humber
Leeds Children’s Charity
Friends of Lighthouse School
Diocese of Leeds
Leeds Tigers Basketball
West Leeds Juniors
New Wortley Youth
Christ Church Armely Community Projects Ltd
Sojourner - Leeds Housing Concern
No Way Trust Ltd
Kidz Klub Leeds
Leeds Play Network
Central Yorkshire County Scout Council