The Afterschool CIC applied to Elevate as they felt their work helped to address health inequalities in their area. They were keen to engage with a mentor who could support them to promote the active participation of people within their community and develop a deeper understanding of collective action to provide positive changes within the community.
The Elevate grant enabled the group to provide a series of Arts and Crafts and Physical Activity workshops to engage with school-aged children who were suffering the impact of health inequalities in the community. The project aimed to help remove some of the feelings of isolation and loneliness exacerbated by the pandemic. The workshops provided a safe and secure space for the children to develop critical, creative, independent and active decision making and participation. The sessions supported the children to recognise and build on their existing skills, knowledge and expertise in order to promote their mental and health and wellbeing.