DMSF has successfully secured a £10,000 grant through the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ funding programme, to continue its popular ‘Powerhouse Group’ project supporting vulnerable young people in Greater Manchester.

The ‘Powerhouse Group’ project, which has been supporting young people since the pandemic began, provides mental health coaching, multi-sport games and qualifications for 15 vulnerable young people aged 16+, who come from BAME backgrounds and live in deprived communities in Greater Manchester.

DMSF co-Founder and CEO, Diane Modahl, said: “The Powerhouse Group is an incredibly important programme for DMSF. Our young people have told us that being in isolation because of the coronavirus is impacting on their mental health and this project helps reduce feelings of isolation, provides positive role models to increase aspirations, and directly tackles and improves mental health and wellbeing through group work and sport, and increases future opportunities through training and experience.

“Due to social distancing restrictions, sessions are limited to 15 people, but despite all the challenges, coach Clive Hamilton (pictured right – image credit Naomi Ogbeta) has led this programme brilliantly. The feedback about his engagement and impact on young people is inspirational.  We’re very lucky to have him on our team his loyalty and commitment to DMSF is having such a positive impact throughout our work”

The sport and wellbeing group runs weekly from the Millennium Powerhouse in Moss Side, Manchester. The session is led by a qualified sports coach and a qualified youth worker, also from BAME backgrounds, with experience in delivering mental health support. The project, which was due to end in April 2021, can now continue for a further 12-months, thanks to the Awards for All funding.

Sessions start with discussion around feelings and behaviours with the purpose of defining a focus for a session. The young people then choose the sport they will play for the evening. Our youth worker provides one-to-one support during the session for those who need extra support. DMSF offers each young person the opportunity to choose from eight different AQA qualifications to work towards during this time – all which improve personal development, leadership and life skills.

The National Lottery Awards for All funding programme continues to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19, whether it’s to continue to deliver crisis response activity, build strong relationships in and across communities and/or help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.