A youth project that has outgrown its current home has gained the backing of two Malvern businesses.

Colwall Youth Project (CYP) currently operates from temporary accommodation within Colwall Community Church but, a victim of its own success, has outgrown its surroundings.

The charity is therefore looking for new premises - but more funding is required in order to make this dream a reality.

Two businesses based in Malvern - Francis of Malvern and Andrew Slater Hairdressing - are the latest to lend their support to CYP.

Also funded by Children In Need, National Lottery and Eveson Trust, the project has been providing youth services to young people in Colwall, Malvern and Ledbury since 2015.

Supporting more than 200 young people on a monthly basis, it offers weekly open access youth clubs, as well as providing one to one support for young people who find it difficult to engage at school, have been or are at risk of exclusion, struggle with everyday tasks and those with Special Educational Needs. 

Thanks to local support, CYP was able to take 15 young people on a two-night residential trip to Rock UK Summit Centre in South Wales at the beginning of December.

Not only did they participate in caving, climbing and other outdoor activities but they were also engaged in the Skills 4 Life programme.

This programme provides young people with structure to overcome barriers to engagement, build resilience and empathy and enables them to relate better to others.

Topics covered on the trip include budgeting, time management, cooking, independent living and healthy relationships.  

More local support is needed to get CYP the home it so desperately needs and increase funding.

If you feel you or your business could help or are interested in finding out more about CYP, contact CEO Alice Hill on alice@thecyp.co.uk