New Project Offers Increased Support to Children and Young People in Rotherham

8th December 2021

The Smiles for Miles Base Project, a two-year National Lottery Funded Project, has a range of free activities and support available for children and young people in Rotherham.

Smiles for Miles will see half a million pounds used to increase Youth Clubs, delivered from bases in Dinnington, Eastwood and the Town Centre, with access to a range of positive activities including, sports sessions and tournaments, holiday clubs, creative projects and outdoor experiences. As well as a range of fun activities there will also be 1-1 or group support on offer on a range of issues such as trauma, self-help, mental health, wellbeing, education, training and employment.

Delivered by the Children, Young People and Families Consortium, on behalf of Voluntary Action Rotherham, the concept for Smiles for Miles was developed with the Different but Equal Board, a network of young people in Rotherham from different backgrounds, cultures and identities, putting young people right at the heart of the project.

Rob Cooper, Different but Equal Board said: “In life, one person can make an absolute 100% difference, so if we can provide that one person and change young people’s futures for the better, then that is an amazing thing to accomplish.”

The offer is available to children and young people in Rotherham aged 9 to 19, or up to 25 for young people with special education needs or disabilities. The bases include JADE Youth and Community, Clifton Learning Partnership and YMCA Rotherham. Delivering the basket of support and provision in partnership with the bases is YWCA Yorkshire, Endeavour, Rotherham and Barnsley Mind, Rotherham Parent Carers Forum, Rush House, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance and GROW.

Teresa Brocklehurst, Director of Services at Voluntary Action Rotherham said: “We want children and young people to believe that the sky is the limit, but they might need a bit of help in getting there.”

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