Investment project code: 98
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Ben View is a charitable organisation that delivers essential community care services to the residents of West Dunbartonshire. It has been in existence supporting community members since 1994.
We currently provide a lunch club to elderly clients, a befriending service, four youth clubs and a community bathing service.
A vital lifeline to our project over the years has been Volunteer Team who underpin all of the above named projects. At present we have over 50 volunteers supporting our services. Our youth programme has gained strength year on year and it engages our young people in supporting local services and causes within the area and in the past we have supported, food banks, homeless initiatives, community garden project. Our members launched the first "Holiday Hunger" (Rise N Shine breakfast Club) which served over 500 breakfast / lunches to those in need during school holidays in its first summer with ongoing success.
What will you use the money for?: Our project will be a 90 minute weekly group class that will offer activities that will support the development of coping strategies for young peoples mental well being. The classes will be held in Ben View, sessions will be facilitated by identified trainers and the sessions supported by Ben View youth volunteers. The sessions will focus around:
- Talking / Communication - Breathing Techniques - Coping Strategies - Healthy Eating - Movement - Your environment - Relaxation - Journaling - Goal Setting
The fully qualified facilitators will be: yoga instructors, mindfulness instructors, NLP Sessions, art therapists, dance teachers. This will allow the young people to experience several different ways and help them find the best strategy for them. Our sessions can be adapted easily and facilitated through zoom if lock down restrictions continue long term.
Who will benefit from this money?: The project will work with young people aged from 9 to 16 in line with our youth programme age group. The sessions will be available to those outwith our own youth programme and it is our intention to work closely with local schools who may identify young people who would benefit from this. The aim of the project is to build self esteem and confidence of the young people, giving them access to various activities and techniques to build their coping strategies. The varied range on offer will allow the young people to experience a variety of ways that can support them and this could allow them to focus on one that they are most comfortable with all of the sessions will provide activities / skills that they will be able to use on their own out with our group sessions.
Proposed on behalf of: Ben View Centre - £4650