Building a Brighter Future for Bodmin's young people
The Brighter Future Fund is a new Bodmin Rotary Club project that has a clear focus to help Bodmin's disadvantaged young people prepare for a Brighter Future. There are, sadly, many young people in Bodmin who, for many reasons, will struggle to make the most of their potential. Without the right support and encouragement they will reach adulthood without the sense of self-belief and the skills they need to make the most of life's opportunities. They are also at a higher risk of criminal and anti-social behaviour and substance abuse.
The negative impact of the Covid pandemic is expected to worsen their prospects. It is recognised that those living in areas with high levels of deprivation, such as three of Bodmin’s neighbourhoods, are likely to suffer more than others. It is also predicted that young people will be disproportionately affected by high levels of unemployment resulting from Covid, as they are often working in the sectors among the worst affected, such as retail and hospitality. The incidence of mental health issues is also expected to increase.
The funds raised will be used to help existing organisations already providing support and encouragement to youngsters. We will also be exploring more ways to provide safe, positive, inclusive activities for children and young people. The funds can enable our young people to be given more opportunities to express themselves, to learn new skills, and have meaningful contact with people willing and able to provide guidance and support.
We are talking to grassroots community leaders, schools and organisations to discuss how best to work together to raise funds and how best to use the money raised. We want to grow the project and are keen to encourage everyone to help so if you have a fundraising idea or would just like to chat about this and get involved in helping young people in Bodmin please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very grateful to our sponsors
Bodmin Jail Hotel and Resort
Leigh Frost, Cornwall Councillor for Bodmin St Petroc, Community Chest Fund