Volunteers and professionals working with disadvantaged young people have highlighted the need for them to participate in positive recreational experiences within their communities, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing. STAR supports individuals who may otherwise be excluded from interests that can have longer-term benefits to both themselves, to their family and/or carers and to the wider community.
STAR’s work has evidenced that providing opportunities for young people leads to social inclusion, improvements in education and a willingness to learn, a reduction in offending behaviour, better employment prospects and can encourage young people to feel included and play a positive part in their communities.
We continually evaluate the outcomes of the work that we do, looking for the following positive changes and improvements in a young person’s:
- Social Skills and friendships
- Willingness to take part and try new things
- Physical and mental health
- Community engagement
- Self esteem
- Self worth
And of course the Crealy Magic worked. Who could not enjoy themselves on a roller coaster train, giant pirate swing boat and a vast indoor play area? I wish STAR trustees could have been there to see how a young person who arrived at Crealy sad and angry, left at the end of the day tired but relaxed and far happier.