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OFFICIAL LOCAL CHARITY

The Official Local Charity for the 2018 Bath Half Marathon is the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign, a ground-breaking initiative launched in 2015 by St John’s Foundation with a coalition of partner organisations, after local authority statistics revealed that one in five children in Bath and the surrounding area of North East Somerset live below the poverty line, after taking into account housing costs.

With Bath being generally seen as such an affluent city many find it hard to understand or even imagine that poverty exists in the area. But within the local authority area there lie areas of hidden poverty in Twerton/Whiteway, Keynsham and Norton Radstock

100% of funds raised will go directly to the Lifestyle Change Project, a three-year targeted programme to reduce child poverty in Bath and North East Somerset

No child, young person or family in Bath and North East Somerset should face the challenges of poverty that so many currently do, and the impact this has on their development. Our children and young people of today, are our hope for tomorrow and that is why we want your support to help us and our partner organisations to reduce child poverty in Bath and North East Somerset.” Sue Porto CEO St John’s Foundation

Run the Bath Half for the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign

The Action Against Child Poverty Team is being organised by St John’s Foundation, a Bath-based charity “Building resilience in people, enterprises and communities in Bath and the surrounding area since 1174″.

Click here for details of our reserved charity places in the 2018 Bath Half Marathon or for further information please contact Louise Harvey by email or telephone : 01225 486414

Action Against Child Poverty – Lifestyle Change Project

The Lifestyle Change Project is a 3-year initiative funded by the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign, to tackle child poverty in Bath and the surrounding area.

A group of 6 local charities have come together in partnership to deliver a programme of targeted interventions to provide multiple pathways out of child poverty.

Whilst there are often common underlying causes of poverty, the combination of factors and circumstances of family requires an individualised response, starting with engagement and trust building activities in a supportive environment, typically through sport, active lifestyle and healthy eating programmes.

Through listening and support, confidence and self-esteem grows, and as clients’ needs and circumstances are explored, they are referred to specialist support services in areas such as budgeting and debt management, benefit and housing advice, mentoring, employment skills, parenting skills, mental health and domestic violence support.

The project started in February 2017 providing family drop in sessions for 40 weeks of the year, initially at 3 locations in Twerton, Keynsham and Peasedown St John, with a further pilot project running for 18 weeks in Radstock.

The kids love coming; they have so much fun just being outside with the other kids and get to make new friends. We think it’s great because the sessions get the kids away from their phones and the TV and we can also enjoy family time together. The kids have even tried new foods too. It’s hard on a Friday because the sessions don’t run; we’d be there every day if they did.” Quote from Dad who attends with his whole family (wife and 4 children).

“The Project offers children and their families the opportunity to take part in a range of fun activities, from multi-sports to nutrition and cookery classes. It is also an opportunity to meet other local families and form friendships as well as raise aspirations and make positive healthy lifestyle changes.” Jimmy Deane, Founder of Sporting Family Change.

Sporting Family Change uses sport to empower, inspire and motivate local families into making positive, lifelong changes, and building family resilience. SFC is the  lead agency in this collaborative partnership.

Southside offers support to individuals and families with complex difficulties such as poor mental health, substance abuse and domestic abuse.

SWALLOW provides flexible support and training for local teenagers and adults with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Wansdyke Play Association use play to inspire, challenge and empower children, young people and families in their schools, homes and communities.

Off the Record provides confidential counselling and support services to help local young people be emotionally healthy, confident and empowered in themselves. They are also providing the monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Mentoring Plus supports young and vulnerable people who need extra support with family, education, emotional needs and employability by connecting them with inspiring mentors from within the community.

Direct Donations to the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign

You can also donate directly to the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign to fund the ongoing work of the Lifestyle Change Project

CLICK HERE to donate direct

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/stjohns-foundation/lifestyle-change