13th September 2017

United Way #GiveLocal grant awarded

We’ve had great news – the employees and committee of United Way from Costco in Chester, have chosen to support Friends for Leisure for a second time, with a grant of £1,000!

Friends for Leisure has been awarded a grant to help us offer support to families in the Crewe area, where Hannah is Project Manager.

Providing activities for disabled children and young people is not enough in itself. For our young people to get the most out of Friends for Leisure, it is important for their Project Worker to get to know them. Then together, they can work out the best way for us to help them make friends and have fun. Some young people need a lot of encouragement before they overcome their fears of trying something new. Others who are being supported by a number of services sometimes need someone to come along and talk about how they are when they are happy, relaxed and among friends. This is all the role of the Project Workers.

One parent, whose child has struggled with anxiety, said recently, “Friends For Leisure are the best group on the block. I know there are other good groups out there but I trust all of your staff completely.”

United Way, the largest, privately-funded “non-profit” in the world, believes very much in the caring aspects of communities and in making a difference in people’s lives. They have a national office in the UK, but their aim is to work with communities on a local level. They encourage people and organisations to support the local communities in which they live and work. Every community has its own needs and aspirations, and its own resources and expertise. United Way works to bring these together, working in partnership with businesses and other charitable organisations to achieve positive change in communities across the UK.

Here are some members of the Crewe Youth Group enjoying a summer picnic. This work will carry on as the success it is, with the help of United Way.  Thank you!