"We really like what they do for local children and families so we were happy to try and support them"
A charity which helps young people is operating from a new base in Kendal thanks to the generosity of a local company.
Chestnut Events had to move when their office in the Sea Scouts hut was flooded last December. Web development company SYPO stepped in with an offer of low-cost temporary accommodation in their HQ at Sand Aire House, and the arrangement has now been made permanent.
Chestnut assists children and young people in developing skills and attributes to build confidence in themselves and understanding of the world around them.
“Members of Chestnut believe that every child and young person is unique and will help them to develop their potential in an active community environment. We believe it's what's inside that counts and it's our aim to help them learn in a fun and informal environment,” said SYPO web developer Mark Syred who is a trustee of the charity.
Chestnut provide activities for children and young people in Cumbria, particularly within the South Lakes area, in nursery, primary and secondary schools, clubs, and uniformed groups. They plan workshops and facilitate events so that staff and leaders can participate with the group, assisting them to build on friendship and team work.
“We also support a young adults’ initiative within our community roots project, that integrates young people who are not in education, employment or training,” said the charity’s director Jan Quinn.
She added: “As a new charity we are eager for volunteers to help assist us in any way they can. We are looking for trustees, ambassadors, gardeners/horticultural volunteers. We are also seeking volunteers to assist with administration, fundraising, marketing and web development. If you think you may have the right skills then please get in contact with us to find out more.
“We facilitate disability awareness events, supporting children and young people including those who are disadvantaged and with disabilities. We produce and edit personal and social DVDs, assisting and supporting them to share their story.”
Said SYPO managing director Alan Jewitt: “Jan is hoping to expand Chestnut Events, in terms of the number of children it supports and also the range of services it offers. We really like what they do for local children and families so we were happy to try and support them.”
Photo: Mark Syred and Alan Jewitt of SYPO with Jan Quinn of Chestnut Events