east to west are at the forefront of bringing hope to young lives. Their vision is for children, young people and families to overcome the challenges they face and become the very best they can be. The HSYA award enabled east to west to develop and run COVID-19 anxiety groups for each of their eleven secondary school partnerships.

Harry was a highly anxious student, struggling to interact with other students. Over the course of 6 weeks, Harry was able to talk about how he was feeling, the things he found difficult and was able to start building relationships and friendships with his peers.

The course leader set Harry a challenge – to publicly share a piece of work within the group. Harry said: “It made me feel more confident and when people clapped afterwards, it felt like I’d done a great job. I’m not sure I want to keep speaking in public, but at least I know I can do it!”

Harry’s Mum added: “It’s lovely to know that there is this type of support for Harry. It’s brilliant to see how he’s growing and developing his confidence in new things, and we’ve got lots of tips and advice to help him continue to thrive. Thank you”.

east to west

Awarded 2021-2022


Past Awards 2021-2022

East Surrey YMCA

Emerge Advocacy

St Peter’s, West Molesey

Relate, West Surrey

east to west

Guildford Shakespeare Company

Matrix Trust

Surrey Young Carers

Freedom Leisure

Surrey Care Trust

Looking forward

Peer Productions


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