Liskeard is one of the top ten most deprived areas in the UK which is pretty sad really, deprivation causes social isolation and the effect it has on children/young people is long term, some become reclusive spending their time shut away and addicted to video games, others can end up getting involved with alcohol, drugs, depression, loneliness and boredom. The town has several clubs and activities for children and young people however most of them cost money and they are all only accessible for a few hours a week. We believe that by providing events that are either free or very reasonable we can make a difference, bring people out, encourage social inclusion and bring about change! We want to meet the need before it becomes a crisis!
Our Inflatables Party was very well attended, we only advertised on Facebook as we didn't have much time, sadly we didn't quite break even as it is so expensive to hire the inflatables. We had 391 kids, 216 adults attending the event which was great. We also had 15 volunteers which is amazing and shows that people believe in what we are doing enough to give up their time. We have 5 older youth that volunteered, this is also really good and we expect more to support us in the future.
Over the summer we also ran a free media workshop to introduce young people into the art of movie making, again this event was free thanks to sponsors, and extremely well attended.
Our aim is to make all of our activities accessible to some of the most deprived people in our community. Children and young people have so much to offer to the world; we believe in the power that they hold and know that they will mould future generations to come. At Lighthouse Community Centre CIC, we want to give them the support they need in order to shape them into leaders of the future. Our programs and initiatives will help nurture our youth and equip them to develop the skills they will carry throughout their lives
With the support of the Crowdfunder we can build on our success to date and provide more free activities for the children and young people of Liskeard and the surrounding area.