22 April 2024

Young People from Bemerton Heath taking the lead in developing a youth hub on the estate

Young people from Bemerton Heath have been working with youth workers from the charity Rise:61 to develop a dedicated youth hub on the estate.

Their young leaders’ group have been working with an architect to develop the plans over the last year and have now started to fundraise for the project.

Three of them, aged 16 – 18, recently undertook a real challenge by participating in the Rood Rampage, a muddy race held in Trowbridge where they had to run miles through thick mud and conquer numerous challenging obstacles.

Joe Deal, one of the youth workers who ran with them, said: “We were so impressed with the young people’s courage to undertake a challenge way out of their comfort zone.

“They’ve been so engaged and helpful in developing plans for a youth hub here on the Heath, and it was great to see them helping to fundraise too. I think overcoming challenges like this is a great way to develop their confidence and community spirit.”

DBMAX OCR Rood Rampage 2023

Rise:61 have plans to do at least two more fundraising challenges with groups of young people this year as part of a £3000 grant from the #iwillfund through Wiltshire Community Foundation.

The #iwillfund is made possible by joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities.

As the challenges are funded, this means any money raised through sponsorship goes directly towards the project, and a generous donor has even agreed to match fund it up to £4000, so please please do visit our Go Fund Me page and give generously as it will massively encourage our amazing young people:


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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns