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Reach Leaders Zone – Seeing Beyond
The Reach Leaders Zone (RLZ) is the brainchild of young people living with Sickle cell anaemia. With a tagline – ‘Seeing beyond the present day’, they created various zones to look at ways to improve their self-efficacy, self-esteem, health and well-being mentally and physically.
Charity information: Sickle Cell & Young Stroke Survivors
The main problems are self-esteem, isolation, loneliness, low moods and unhelpful thoughts such as self harming and committing suicide.
According to Dr Eugene Oteng-Ntim, Consultant Obstetrician at Guys and St Thomas,15,000 patients in the UK suffer from the disease, in which red blood cells are deformed into a sickle shape which causes debilitating pain. An astonishing 3,000 of these patients live in Southwark. Our service covers Southwark and the surrounding Boroughs.
We have incorporated being healthy into our activities through dance classes to improve cardiovascular fitness as well as promoting a healthy mind. As mental health is a rising issue, we aim to tackle this through teaching people that anything is possible if they can put their minds to it. Many sickle cell patients feel that they do not have what it takes to do what they love or fear being judged by others. However through these workshops and events such as talent shows this can be countered.
To provide a positive experience to break isolation and build self esteem
Activities» To host Reach Leaders planning meetings and gatherings.
» The Youth club is to have a seminars and workshops that helps them to build their confidence, speak about their illness and share ideas
What success will look like
Success will be providing activities and outings to 8 to 25 year olds that need our support
The project will raise the voice of young people living in silence with this condition; as well as instill confidence to self advocate as many transition to adult services.
We will demonstrate the success by monitoring the increase in membership to the club and the referrals we will have to make to other agencies.
There is a risk that if we do not have enough funding the Youth club will close down and we will be unable to offer services to the children directly.
We produce a yearly annual report and report directly to the donors at the end of each project.
Budget - Project Cost: £35,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,000 'It's all about me' workshop This is a workshop held at Chessington Holiday In hotel and free entry into the park £7,000 Summer playscheme Includes 2 trips, volunteer cost and refreshments £6,238 Salary Youth Coordinator Part time £6,192 Sessional worker Volunteeand s 3 sessional workers at £11 per hour and 4 volunteers @ £10.00 per day x 36 £4,320 Venue £120 for 36 weeks £3,550 Insurance, Equip and First aid Insurance is £500; Play equipment and Presentation equipment £2,700 Youth Committee For running the Youth committee meetings
We are based in the London borough of Southwark but have service users from all over London
Children and young people and their siblings will benefit from this Youth club.
Over the past 12 years we have been catering for children and young people that have sickle cell and childhood stroke and have gained a wealth of experience in ensuring that the needs of these children are met both in and out of schools.
Most of us volunteering have been touch by sickle cell in one way or another and this is experience that cannot be learned from courses except you experience it for real.
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This will pay for the initial registration fee for 1 years admission to the club.