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Sanctuary Housing youngsters encouraged to make a difference

20 January 2014
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Young people from across England are being encouraged to take a stand and tackle the issues important to them as part of a partnership between Sanctuary Housing and national charity Fixers.

The leading housing and care provider is calling on its younger residents to work with Fixers to raise awareness of issues they feel strongly about. Previous projects by Sanctuary residents have focussed on peer pressure, mental illness and the price of bus fares.

Fixers supports young people aged 16 to 25 to create a resource, anything from a film to a song, to highlight their chosen topic to other youngsters and the wider local community.

A Sanctuary Housing resident from Torbay is leading her own ‘fix’ in the town, working to gain more support for young people who suffer from mental illness. Fixer Katie Sowden said: “Fixers has helped me to develop a creative way to tackle the issue.

“My project gave me the opportunity to help young people who suffer from mental illness to get creative. It has also empowered me to know I can make a difference to my community.”

Sophie Atkinson, Sanctuary’s Group Head of Community Investment and Sustainability, added: “We are committed to supporting our young residents and providing them with different opportunities that will not only benefit them but also the community in which they live.

“We hope that more of our residents will be encouraged to get involved with this project and develop a creative resource to address local issues that affect them and others.”

Sanctuary has provided £75,000 funding to Fixers to support projects for residents and staff in locations across England and Scotland, which are led by young people aged 16 – 25.

Fixers is a charity which supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better. The Fixers project has already supported over 10,000 young people to have an authentic voice in their community. Each Fixer is supported to create the resources they need - such as films, websites or print work - to make their chosen project a success.

If you are a Sanctuary resident and would like to ‘fix’ something in your community then please email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk to get started.