Young people Taking Action

Known locally as the CYDS Project, this charity is an open access drop-in centre for young people aged 8-25 years.  It works across a rurally isolated part of East Suffolk from its base in the town of Leiston.  The Project runs a series of afternoon sessions focussing on assisting NEET young people – these are open sessions in both Leiston and nearby Saxmundham.  Assistance is provided around helping the young people with preparing CVs, tips on telephone and interview techniques, applying for jobs, participating in volunteering or community activities, and helping them find more positive activities and experiences.  The Project also runs evening sessions offering a safe space for young people to meet in.

The request to the Foundation was for funding to restart a young parents and expectant mums group.  A number of young people had asked for these sessions and a dedicated group would bring a wide range of benefits to the young parents and their babies/children.  These include increased self-esteem, greater aspirations, better knowledge of services and more positive relationships with families. A grant of £2,000 was awarded in October 2023 towards this work.