This week, David Phillips, our Individual Giving Manager, discusses how your support for the Community Christmas Trees fundraising campaign can help young people across Hampshire.
Young people have been disproportionately affected this year, with significant disruption to their important routines and reductions in the services that support them. Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have reported a dramatic increase in the need for their services and schools have struggled to support those who need a bit of extra help. We know that being creative and experiencing cultural activities help us all gain a greater understanding of ourselves and that having these experiences when young can positively shape a person’s life.
Hampshire Cultural Trust runs a number of targeted programmes for young people that provide a creative break from their lives. It’s this spark of inspiration which can lead to an intense focus as they become immersed in their work and discover new ways to express themselves. Creating time and a safe space for young people to be creative, away from the distractions of their normal lives, and offering the opportunity to work with artists and creatives are special gifts that we can give. This is all thanks to our generous supporters.
Our Horizon 20:20 project supports young people who are not in mainstream education and is just one of the projects we run that use art and culture to address the issues affecting young people.
We have installed Community Christmas trees in some of our venues as a simple way to bring the community together and raise awareness of the amazing projects taking place across Hampshire.
If you would like to make a difference in your community and support young people across Hampshire to be inspired by our great people, places and objects you can donate here. We will email you a bauble to print off and hang on your tree at home, or you can visit us to make a donation and hang a bauble on our Community Christmas Tree in venue.