As part of our pledge to help the local community, Aspects Holidays have donated £3500 to Hayle Youth Project.
Hayle Youth Project, or HYP as it is otherwise known, is the leading youth service in West Cornwall, empowering young people in and around the area. Funded by grants and donations, HYP’s work is vital to the community, providing young people with a safe space to get the support they need.
HYP offers support to young people in the community through several services, including breakfast club, youth club, one-to-one mentoring, a surf school, and two specialised programs: The Sharma Project (to support girls who self-harm), and the Emotional Resilience Programme for boys.
We felt moved to help with The Sharma Project, an incredibly valuable program that supports girls in year 9 and above to find ways to understand and manage self-harm. The project runs for 12 weeks, with six girls per course, meeting weekly for two hours. Over the duration of the course, two experienced youth workers support the girls to break down the prejudices and barriers of self-harm, helping them to recognise and express their emotions and feelings. We have donated £3000 to cover half the cost of one 12-week course.
The mentoring programme provides young people with the opportunity to talk in a safe space with a positive role model, working to build resilience, self-esteem and communication skills. When meeting with their mentor, young people get the opportunity to meet at a café, something they ordinarily might not be able to do. Aspects Holidays have also given HYP £500 to cover the cost of a drink at a café for 100 mentoring sessions. Going to a café is something many of us take for granted, but for some people in the community, it’s a real treat, something the team at Aspects Holidays feel young people should be able to experience and enjoy.
Here’s what our Commercial Director, Mandy Spencer, has to say: “Aspects have always been committed to supporting our local community and whilst every organisation or charity we get involved with is important to us, young people are our future and potentially our upcoming workforce, so we genuinely want to give them whatever support we can, be it emotional or physical. The work that Hayle Youth Project undertake is both varied and vital and we are delighted to be able to help them provide such worthwhile and much needed support.”
Deputy Project Manager at HYP, Mod Le Froy, says: “We are so grateful to Aspects Holidays for their donation towards the HYP SHARMA self-harm project and the HYP 1:1 mentoring sessions. Feeding back into the community like this will help HYP to further support the mental health of our young people of west Cornwall. Donations, as a form of community payback from the tourism sector, have a direct impact and create sustainable solutions which aim to support the families and communities of Cornwall.”