UK Charity The Wilderness Foundation has been commended once again for its contribution to community safety in Essex. The Foundation’s pioneering “TurnAround Project” works with disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the county, helping to improve opportunities, aspiration and self-worth, transitioning formerly disengaged young people into education and employment. It has been recognised that these life-changing improvements for young people play a significant part in community safety, wellbeing and social cohesion.
For a fifth year TurnAround has been recognised in the High Sheriff of Essex’ annual award ceremony, receiving a funding contribution of £1,000 towards the ongoing costs of the project. The Foundation has decided to use the funds to support the recruitment and training of more volunteer community mentors, who provide a stable adult presence in the life of the TurnAround participants. Mentors receive accredited training from the Foundation and learn to understand the issues and pressures that young people face in a fast-paced ever changing modern world. They then work with one young person on a weekly basis throughout the 9 month TurnAround scheme, helping them to work towards goals that will enable the young people to progress towards a happier, more positive life. Above all the mentors offer a non-judgemental, supportive ear to our young participants and the challenges that confront them on a daily basis.
Sincere thanks to High Sheriff Christopher Palmer-Tomkinson who has worked tirelessly in the last year to raise money for The High Sheriffs’ Fund, from which our award is received. The fund is managed by Essex Community Foundation and since it came under the Foundation’s management in 1997, the Fund has distributed over £355,000 to 435 voluntary and community groups all working hard to support local people and address crime related issues in their area.
The Wilderness Foundation is delighted to be a recipient once again.