At Inspire we have one mission, to help all young people be the best they can be.
2022 was challenging to say the least. Whilst we can now say we are on the other side of the pandemic, we are only just starting to see the long-term impacts that it’s had on young people and their families.
From opening, we have been concerned about rising numbers of children (even at primary school age!) with low self-esteem, low self-confidence, anxiety and depression…and lockdowns only increased that. Children’s physical health is at an all time low, and sadly many young people are having to process grieving someone close.
As a central hub with young people at its heart, we know we need to make sure that we develop and adapt to meet their ever-changing needs.
Over the past year we have held 1911 sessions with over 45,000 attendances. That’s more than 45,000 times, young people have walked through our doors and entered a safe, warm place that oozes energy and gives them access to a world of opportunity. Every visit has brought with it its own learning for us. We have introduced projects aiming to empower and inspire both males and females, improving their confidence and boosting self-esteem, and we’ve made sure that we have dedicated staff on session to help young people deal with grief and loss.
We’ve also seen the cost-of-living crisis push many families that we work with close to breaking point. Along with our promise that we cannot and will not increase our prices to above 50p per session and £1 per meal, we also took additional steps to try to relieve pressure. We have now guaranteed that from a salad bar to hot soup, there will be free food available on session for all our members all year round. With January renowned for being a tough month financially at the best of times, we’re also making all sessions and hot meals completely free for the entirety of the month.
To find out more about the impact we’ve had this year, take a minute to watch our video below and download our impact report.
None of what we do would be possible if it wasn’t for the support of the local community. I am only able to talk about how we are changing the lives of young people because of this. It’s because of wider support that no matter what the world throws at our young people, we can always be there for them.
Inspire Youth Zone