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Funding secures Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing project

High Life Highland has been successful in securing funding from the Youth Work Education Recovery Fund to support their work in the Highlands.

The successful application for funding means High Life Highland will be able to provide an increased youth work offering across three areas within Highland through a programme of activity from January to August 2021.

Dingwall, Fort William and East Sutherland will benefit from an approach that includes outdoor and expressive arts opportunities to enable young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Mark Richardson, Youth work Principal Manager said, “I am delighted that we have been able to secure this additional funding which allows us to support young people who are experiencing some serious challenges already which have been magnified because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The project will identify and work directly with young people who have behavioural or emotional needs and are facing challenges. The project will work in partnership with Dingwall Academy, Golspie High School, Lochaber High School, An Cala Education and Training Unit and Tykes Young Carers, providing local support.

Mr Richardson concluded, “Young people are experiencing challenging times where social isolation, anxiety and depression, low confidence and self-esteem amongst others are amplified because of the current situation we find ourselves in dealing with the Pandemic. This project is designed to provide targeted support to make sure young people have access when they most need it.”