Young leaders for change

11 young people recently attended a team building residential in the Lake District to develop the next phase of CALM (Connecting Ambitious Leaders Movement). Supported by Hornstars, Train Station and Bemoreplus, they also shared their ambitions and ideas for the change they wish to see in their community.

CALM is a youth movement that works with and for at risk young people who live on the Stonebridge and the Church End Estate. The programme is designed to improve community cohesion between the two estates. They have ambitions to design a youth offer that delivers meaningful participation and pathways to tailored support, including early intervention through to employment.

With the support of CALM, these young leaders who are residents of Hyde and Catalyst are creating a new story for Stonebridge and Church End. They hope to influence funders and stakeholders improve opportunities for their community and future generations by facilitating youth led programmes that meet the current and emerging needs and inspire young people across both estates to speak up, be heard and get involved.

Abdi Farah, Director at Hornstars said: “It was a brilliant residential full of fun, action and self-discovery. When young people are given the platform to come together and solve problems whilst learning about themselves in the process then we have truly done our job as practitioners. We have some of the most vibrant young people in Stonebridge and Church End and we are privileged and enriched by their drive, enthusiasm and creativity.”

Michelle Robinson, Community Investment Coordinator at Catalyst Housing said: “In a time where violence is impacting on young people and the rest of the community, Catalyst and The Hyde Group recognise the need to share resources and expertise to address these challenges. This programme is a great example of our long term collaboration to provide the opportunities, skills, experiences and support for young people to become the leaders that they are.”

This programme is part of Hyde’s Estate of Mine: Our Place, Our Space, Our Future, which is a place based approach to improve the lives of young people, their families and the wider community. By working in this way, they will create positive activities, safe places for them to connect, and the opportunity to develop skills.

CALM is funded and supported by the Hyde Charitable Trust and Catalyst Gateway.