The 40 Degreez Centre in Farnham operates a range of services for young people and has an excellent track record for engaging positively with those who are marginalised within their community.
The Hangout Club runs every Friday afternoon during term time for young people in school years 6 through 9. The award provided by the HSYA included funds for the purchase of equipment and the initial costs of tuition for a series of 6 week music and drumming workshops run during Hangout sessions. The sessions provided a successful diversionary activity, which included teaching basic employability skills to targeted young people who were identified as having or potentially developing anti-social behaviour issues. These young people, many from disadvantaged areas, frequently suffered from anxiety and low self-esteem. The music activities were designed to give them an enjoyable and exciting pastime to ensure that they did not become involved in anti-social behaviour within their local community.
The High Sheriff and the HSYA were equally impressed with the knowledge that the young people themselves were actively involved in fundraising with their retail partner in Farnham, White Stuff, thus creating the added benefit of ensuring that young people were involved in the ownership of the programme.
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