What a few weeks it has been for us in Barrow and the Furness area!

We have had a super busy and exciting period delivering lots of programmes, events and workshops. Here are some of the highlights:

Fixers Food Poverty Workshops: A big thanks to the Pupil referral unit, Walney School, Ormsgill School and Askam youth club for taking part in the workshops. The young people were brill and shared their ideas about how to solve the problem of food inequality to help other young people across the UK! Over 40 young people took part! Watch this space for the ITV Fixers report...

Young Health Champions Training: Working with the Community Alcohol Partnership led by Sgt Caroline Milligan we are bringing an exciting opportunity to 10 local young people. Staff from Dropzone and Moorefield Education centre along with myself (Natalia) will train 10 Health Champions to receive an accredited qualification. These champions will then support their peers to increase health and well-being through planned activities and events in schools, youth clubs and from The Hub (where we have our Barrow office).

Be Savy Boys Group: Our weekly Be Savy Boys’ group sessions at the Furness Academy have been really successful! Our brilliant boys have been learning mindfulness and meditation techniques to help manage their feelings, to de-stress and to increase their mental and physical wellbeing! We enjoyed our last session this academic year by making pizza and smoothies at The Hub. The group will resume in September.

HLF Talking Histories Project: Our HLF funded talking Histories project with the Furness Multi-Cultural youth club is going well - so far we have visited the local archives and undertaken research, created scenery and figurines for the stock animation and interviewed a member of the BME community, and we have planned our film event for September.

Online Safety Awareness Workshops: We have recently had the pleasure of training Year 7 & 8 students at St Bernard’s school to raise their awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation, Grooming and staying safe online. The students were a pleasure to work with! We also delivered an online safety awareness session for parents at St Bernard's. We met some lovely parents who came to learn more about keeping their children safe online - lots more in the pipeline with St Bernard’s from September and we look forward to returning to work with their students and staff!