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Donation helps extend the good work

A CHARITY is about to train 12 new mentors, thanks to a £4,000 donation from National Grid.

Lifespace Trust, based at The Community Hub in Tyler Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, needed £4,200 to train mentors, made up of an initial three-day course followed by on-going specialist sessions throughout the year and regular supervision.

The charity, based at the community hub at Tyler House, provides volunteer mentoring for young people aged between nine and 19 across south Warwickshire.

It offers support to children suffering from anxiety, bullying, self-harm, eating disorders or family problems.

Formed 12 years ago, Lifespace uses volunteers to mentor young people on a one-to-one basis for periods of between four months and a year.

Mentoring helps reduce the distress some children are experiencing, helps build their resilience and ability to cope with difficulties, and also enables them to achieve more in school.

Chris Spriggs, founding director of Lifespace Trust, said: “The donation makes a huge difference for a small local charity like ours. It is quite rare to get national funding. All of our work is based in south Warwickshire, particularly in the Stratford district.”

Stephen Murray, head of National Grid’s West area network, said: “In 2015 Lifespace was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the outstanding work of its mentors, so National Grid was only too happy to support this excellent organisation.”

He added: “The new mentors whose training has been made possible by the grant will enable Lifespace to meet the growing demand from primary schools in south Warwickshire for help with year five and six pupils.

“The grant will allow Lifespace to work with at least six new primary schools in the next academic year, helping the community’s young and vulnerable members to get a good start in life.”

Stephen added: “There’s the added benefit that the Four Acres Trust charity has agreed to match any National Grid funding.”

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