STAR stands for Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation and our main aim is to raise funding to enable many disadvantaged and vulnerable Somerset children and young people the opportunity to participate in activities and experiences which is often denied to them through poverty, and sometimes dysfunctional lifestyle’s. Many of these young people typically have lower self-esteem, fewer social skills, achieve less at school and are at a higher risk of social exclusion and being involved in anti-social behaviour.
STAR’s funding helps to address this and a typical request for help is for a child to attend a social club (football, cricket, scouts, brownies etc) or arts and drama clubs. Recently we have had requests to help with children’s mental health affected by COVID, and we have funded horse therapy sessions and gym memberships. Activities which most young people take for granted but for those less fortunate, activities which remain out of reach.
COVID-19 has affected STAR’s funding considerably and we now have to think of imaginative ways to raise the much-needed funds to be able to meet all our referrers requests.
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