A dynamic outdoor space for young people to thrive

The pandemic has affected us all in one way or another. Young people were particularly affected by feelings of isolation and frustration. Recognizing a need in the community, the Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) intervened to provide support.

Claire Robinson, CCDT Partnerships Coordinator, explains: “Our community has suffered significantly from the impact of the pandemic, leading to widespread social isolation and mental health issues.”

Through our Community Grants Scheme, we have donated a £5,000 Community Grant to the CCDT to transform a disused wilderness area into a permanent outdoor center for multi-generational learning and activities, providing a lasting community legacy.

The grant will also cover the cost of workshops focusing on youth engagement, mental and physical well-being, and training opportunities for people with minimal access to green spaces.

Claire Robinson said: “This donation will have a transformative effect in developing the area into an outdoor learning and community space. The space will offer the opportunity to reconnect with nature, meet new people and enjoy intergenerational activities.

The trust owns, operates and maintains community facilities for the enjoyment of people disadvantaged by disability, social background or economic status. It aims to create an environment where entrepreneurship can flourish, as well as to promote community spirit.