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SwansAid funds help local homeless sports programme

The Community Trust, accompanied by Lee Trundle, last week presented the Swansea Young Single Homeless Project (SYSHP) with their SwansAid cheque.

The event followed similar presentations to an array of organisations including a community skate park, a local football club and a primary school and saw the homeless project receive a grant of £1,582 from the Trust’s grant giving pot.

Aiming to support, enable and empower young people, SYSHP will use the funds to improve the mental and physical well-being of its members, through purchasing a variety of sporting equipment.

“This grant has given us the opportunity to buy the equipment that we needed so that we can now have two football sides,” said Liz Slade of the project. “We’ve also bought equipment for yoga, so we can involve more young people in our sessions and help to improve their fitness and their well-being as part of our programme,” she continued.

SYSHP offers a range of services, from accommodation to counselling, to 16-25 year olds, but their sports programme is imperative to their development, and their SwansAid grant will help to expand it.

“Sports teaches them communication skills. They get to understand other people’s needs and they get to learn their own place within a team,” Liz added. “It also just gives them more of a routine. We all need a routine in life and we all need to look after ourselves both physically and mentally and sport enables us to do that,” she continued.

Additionally, the sports programme helps Liz and her colleagues to engage with the young people who have often had to deal with many challenges in their lives. It helps to give them a focus that is something other than the problems that they are faced with.

SwansAid applications are still open so if you’re organisation or charity supports young or disabled people in sport and you’re in need of a little help, check to see if you’re eligible, and apply here  before November 20th.

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