Posted: 08 February 2013

Help our young people win £1000 for their gym project

This month the project I manage here in Essex has been nominated for a Chelmsford Grand Award. I hope you’ll vote today to see that a £1000 grant is made to support our work.

The project I manage is Sporting Diversions, a gym club that encourages vulnerable young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The award would help us launch a new club in Chelmsford.

Specifically, the funds that are offered by Chelmsford city council would help pay for young people’s initial induction at the gym, their weekly attendance at sessions and healthy and nutritious refreshments afterwards.

Why is this contest important?

The gym is part of our programme that’s based here in Essex - we're known as EYPDAS - that provides services for young people who are misusing substances or who are vulnerable to substance misuse. 

As a Substance Misuse Recovery Worker, I support young people by providing them with information, advice and treatment services. Our gym is also part of this work.

Although initially the project in Chelmsford will focus on gym activity, we have plans to diversify to offer other sport taster sessions, such as football, running and cycling.

I’m intending initially to target young people that are not in education or employment and have been influenced in some way by substance misuse.

Your vote counts

I’m really hoping that you will take the time to vote for us. We’re up against some worthy competition but the group with the most votes wins the award.

Voting closes on 28 February. 

Please vote for us, the EYPDAS Chelmsford Gym Group.

Thank you.

By Simon Allen - Programme staff

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