Local Charities and Businesses Team Up to Support Vulnerable Young People

Kirklees Youth Alliance (KYA), part of local charity TSL Kirklees, has teamed up with The Children's Art School to provide 350 art packs to young people in Kirklees.

The packs include art supplies for various creative projects, and also include a 'Growing Pack' from local enterprise, Grow to School. They are being delivered fortnightly to vulnerable young people, who have been nominated by professionals from Kirklees Council and other local charities. They include KNH Housing, Home-Start Kirklees, Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust, Yorkshire Children Centre and Barnardos.

Holmfirth Tech has provided the space for the packs to be made and stored, and Da Vincis Pizzas provided pizza boxes for arts and crafts purposes. Calder Art Supplies also helped to deliver art supplies, as it is difficult to get hold of large quantities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding for the packs came from the National Lottery Community Fund, the National Emergency Trust through One Community Kirklees and Arts Council England.

Susan Greenwood, Development Manager at Kirklees Youth Alliance said: “The Art Pack scheme has been an incredibly positive initiative which has reached a significant number of our most vulnerable children.

“It shows what can be achieved when organisations work together.”

Lydia Fell, Emotional Health Worker from Northorpe Hall: said “Thank you so much for the art packs, the junior one went down a treat!

"I am really looking forward to giving the senior one out because the pens can write on glass, and this will be great for children to do happiness jars.

"It will really compliment the emotional health work we have been doing. We are very grateful for them.”

Image attributes: Photo: Chloe Williams, The Children’s Art School and Susan Greenwood, KYA ready to distribute Art & Garden Packs

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