At the beginning of lockdown in 2020, we responded to a need from young people in our community to help them come to terms with what has happening and the changes in their lives.
Things from loaning laptops and helping with wifi, to ensure every single young person could contact family, friends, and schools, to dropping off make and bake packs at their doorsteps to bring some fun and flavour to their day; our provision has grown rapidly over the last 18 months.
We now run holiday activities during every school break, as part of Stockport Council’s Holiday Activity Programme, and by reinvesting profits from our coffee shop to ensure that all children can get involved.
Each Monday evening, we fling open the coffee shop doors as a space solely for young people. Hosted by lyrical poet Anthony Szmierek, this free-to-attend evening involved help with homework, fun activities such as video production, and the odd milkshake thrown in. Funded by Life Leisure.
Each school day, we start the day as we need to go on with our coffee shop connector, Kath, hosting a free breakfast club 8-9am. Everyone is welcome and it’s about coming together, having a chat and some food, and making sure young people are ready for the day ahead.
As part of the kickstarter programme, we have welcomed Cassidy as our trainee community organiser for young people and she and the team have been working alongside Harrytown School to listen to young people about their passions and concerns for the future.
We love supporting Stockport Homes in the school holidays as part of their fabulous foundations’ provision.
Finally, we are proud to work alongside fellow social enterprise PIE to deliver a series of learning activities for our further leaders.
Next year proves to be even more exciting when we start work with Ragdoll to create a young person’s newspaper hearing the views and passions of local people and sharing what’s on locally.
For more information contact Dan and the communities team at firstname.lastname@example.org