Thanks to a grant from the Foundation’s Doing Things Differently Fund a Warwick charity is reopening several youth clubs.

The Gap Youth charity, based at the Oakwood Grove Gap community centre near Spinney Hill, has received £16,000 which will enable youth clubs to return at the Percy Estate, Chase Meadows and Woodloes community centres, for children aged 7 to 16.

Exciting socially distanced activities on offer include: outdoor survival skills and crafts, Halloween activities, Christmas crafts, team sports and games. There will also be the chance to try new skills from around the world such as Chinese Kung Fu martial arts and Italian Sgraffito painting.

The experienced Gap Youth team has devised the activities to support the children’s development in three key areas: better personal and social relationship skills, increased self-confidence, and making healthier lifestyle choices.

The Gap Youth Development Manager Jane Lisle-Holmes said:

“We are delighted to have received this funding so we can get back to supporting Warwick children with fun, exciting and constructive activities to take their minds off the current situation, and to give them the social contact that is so important for their healthy development.


“Youth clubs are an essential opportunity for young people to meet up with friends, and be physically active, as well as using their creativity to express any worries, all of which are brilliant for their mental wellbeing. We are also pleased to be able to offer the children some stability during these uncertain times. Thank you to the Heart of England for enabling us to continue this vital work.”

Tina Costello, Foundation Chief Executive, said:

“Congratulations to The Gap Youth on their recent grant from the Doing Things Differently Fund.


“We are passionate about the Midlands and care about the people and places here. We want to help communities thrive, and for people to be happy, healthy and live fulfilled lives. The return of these youth clubs will provide a much-needed boost to young people and their families in Warwick.”

The Gap Youth team hopes to extend their youth provision in the future to more young people in Warwick by working in partnership with local schools.

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