Assisting young people and helping them develop towards their full potential, Coventry Boys and Girls Club (CBGC) received £2,000 from the gbpFoundation to hire specialist staff to work with their members.

Nathan Blundell, General Manager, said:

“CBGC aims to support children and young people from disadvantaged communities through providing high quality provision from our community centre in Coventry city centre.


“The funding from this grant helped us bring in additional staffing allowing us to work with more young people, to provide guidance and support to those who may have been struggling socially and mentally due to a number of factors.”

The specialist staff have been working alongside current youth provisions three evenings a week. Nathan continues:

“These sessions are essential as the young people we work with not only live in areas which are significantly disadvantaged but may also face many other social barriers.


“The specialist help supports children and young people who attend our sessions with underlying mental health conditions. We know a large proportion have issues in which they need support, they aren’t getting what they need and home lives are manic.


“After speaking to the young people that have returned, they’re clearly showing they’re happy to be back and engaging well. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to run our sessions and help those young people most in need. Thank You!”

A beneficiary, who wished to remain anonymous, said:

“CBGC is a great place and I love attending the sessions. I feel safe and enjoy the different activities we can do here. They’ve helped me feel more confident in getting to know other people and developing new friendships. Staff are always friendly and if I ever need to chat, they’re there for me.


“Without their support I’m not sure where I would go, my parents know I’m safe here and well looked after. To anyone thinking about coming here, come along and see what it’s about!”

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