Todays chosen charity is Activ8 Uth @ The Lenton Centre.They deliver four weekly clubs addressing issues including obesity; health; drug-use; gangs; and exploring home and school issues through creative performance. They have 1-to-1 counselling sessions; a gym project for young people not in education or employment; adventure weekends; a recycling community event with the re-use of discarded student goods; a Bike Recover & Restore project; a community garden plot; and an apprentice and young leader work opportunity scheme. Through these activities, Activ8 impact on the physical, social, cultural, educational and psychological development of our young people; and build confidence, life skills, social capital, community responsibility, healthy lives and raise ambitions. The charity exist in a persistent effort to break the cycle of deprivation feeding through to successive generations.
Did you know that Nottingham has the 10th highest population of children living in poverty in the UK at 37%! In Lenton, 44% of families live in poverty; they have the highest burglary and violent crime rates in the City and are in the worst 10% nationally for extreme income deprivation affecting children. Nationally, 1/5 young people suffer from an eating disorder and 1/12 self-harm. These are the things Activ8 are trying to combat: they don’t want our young people ending up as statistics, but their existence depends on funders and grant providers. Their project costs £120,000 a year to run (£20,000 less than it costs to put ONE young person into jail) and they need your help!
The Project has been in existence for 14 years now and annually, the charity reach 200-300 young people: they are a vital community anchor and are also the only provider of activities for children and young people in Lenton. Please find Activ8 online at http://localgiving.com/charity/activ8-uth and donate whatever you are able.