Helping Sparks Fly; How Boots Staff Lend Their Time and Expert Knowledge to Help Give Children in the Spark Project the Best Start in Life

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Helping Sparks Fly; How Boots Staff Lend Their Time and Expert Knowledge to Help Give Children in the Spark Project the Best Start in Life


Over the past 12 years Boots has raised an incredible PS7.5million for BBC Children in Need. That money has gone towards changing the lives of children and young people across the UK to help them reach their full potential.

BBC Children in Need funds more than 2,600 projects, helping nearly half a million children have safe and happy childhoods and the chance to make the most of their lives.

There is list of the The drop-in charity project, Spark Blaenymaes is working hard to increase youngsters' confidence, along with their life and social skills.

here Boots is offering.

life-for children SPARK BLAENYMAES offers support services for families with children aged up to four and schemes to support parents' skills in and out of the home. There are open access play sessions after school and during the holidays for children aged five to 11 at its centre in Dove Road.

TOM JENKINS SPARK BLAENYMAES BBC Children in Need has given a PS98,787 grant to Spark, enabling them to run a youth project for 11 to 25 year olds with activities such as health talks, cooking clubs and sports drop-in sessions to raise their aspirations.

After attending a project visit to Spark, facilitated by BBC Children in Need, Boots staff were keen to get involved and help Spark achieve their goals. As well as raising funds for BBC TOP TIPS A workshop Children in Need, they offered talks from pharmacists and healthcare advisers. They are mainly working with 11 to 25 year olds but are also getting involved with the charity's work with younger children.

"Boots are offering plenty of help, from health and a vast the help CAPTION in here xxxx beauty sessions to workshops to increase awareness of health issues, drug addiction and healthy living in the community. The grant has funded cooking projects, sports and other social work," says Tom Jenkins from Spark. "It all helps to get children to believe in themselves. It's life-changing for them to see people who genuinely want to help and are interested in them."

It's changing " Boots area manager Helen Taylor says of their first visit: "We visited in the middle of a textiles workshop in which a local fashion designer was helping young people to design and make a carnival outfit. The venue itself looked amazing, with the children's artwork covering the walls.

"The young people told us enthusiastically about a recent cooking night when everyone had made bolognese. The cooking session taught young people about healthy eating and meant they could try foods they may not get at home. …

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