Are you thinking of applying for National Lottery funding to help young people #SparkAChange in their lives during the Year of Young People? Yes? Then this blog’s for you. Here we speak to Ammy whose story is a great example of the type of activity we can fund through our new National Lottery fund.
Ammy Nicholson, 21, knows first-hand the difference National Lottery funded projects can make to young people’s health and wellbeing and she credits the MsMissMrs project for helping her to see that she had a future.
Two years ago Ammy, who worked at a nursery after finishing school aged 16, found herself unable to leave her house as she battled with body image and depression after the birth of her little girl. Now, thanks to the help and support of the team at MsMissMrs in Glasgow, her outlook is much brighter.
She would like to encourage young people and those working with young people to take the opportunity to apply for funding through the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund to spark their own moment of change.
Young mum Ammy says, “I was really isolated, I couldn’t leave my house and everyday was a struggle just to keep going. Then I came to MsMissMrs and slowly they helped me believe in myself, they helped me learn how to self-care and step by step they worked with me to develop my confidence and manage my mental wellbeing.
“My daughter’s dad left me when she was just six months old. I was totally alone. Things went from bad to worse. My self-esteem was at rock bottom and I was depressed.”
As a young person Ammy had often felt isolated as her parents were both deaf. Now thanks to the help and support she’s received at MsMissMrs, Ammy is planning and looking forward to what might come next.
She adds, “Maybe for the first time ever, I feel I have a future and that I can be the positive influence in my daughter’s life.”
Have an idea for a project that you think could spark a change in young people’s lives? Visit the website to apply.
Alternatively, you can download and watch our webinar to learn more before applying and have the opportunity to ask any questions.
You can also contact YOYPFund@hlf.org.uk or 0131 225 9450 for support with your application.
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