“I feel like I have learned so much about life and myself and I would never have been able to do that without The Door

The Door, has recently received a £3,000 grant from the Zurich Community Trust to continue to provide fun, support and opportunities for young people in and around the town.

The grant, awarded by the Cheltenham based business, forms part of Zurich’s mission to help improve the lives of disadvantaged people. A panel of employees oversee the grant process, and were delighted to be able to support the work of The Door.

Always a hive of activity, The Door’s youth centre is a warm, safe environment giving all young people a place to feel welcome and belong -­ building their social skills and increasing confidence and self ­esteem.

The grant will part-fund the role of our Stroud Community Youthwork Co­ordinator who works with the local community and young people to ensure sessions are focused on the needs of the young people. These include:

  •  Restorative relationship building between older and younger generations 
  •  ‘Love your Community’ events
  •  Girls’ Groups
  •  Detached youth work in local streets and parks
  •  Support for NEET 18­25 year olds
  •  Support group (aDOORables) for young parents
  •  Informal sports activities
  •  Detached work at lunchtimes in Archway school
  •  Activities during school holidays

Speaking about what Annie meant to her, Charlotte said

“I feel like I have learned so much about life and myself and I would never have been able to do that without The Door. Annie showed me that I am a strong person when I need to be. Without the help I have had from her, however small or subtle it may have seemed, I don’t think I would have been able to progress to who I am today. She has given me the ability to look at life positively. I feel like I have gained in my confidence thanks to her. NONE of this I would have been able to do by myself. So thank you Annie for listening to me and understanding me and helping me to grow, just thank you so much for everything.”

Zurich Community Trust Supports The Door

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