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Lichfield Charity Uses Grant Funding to Improve Staff Well-Being

Liberty Jamboree is a charity based in the Lichfield district, working with young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) across Cannock, Lichfield, Tamworth and the West Midlands.

They first heard about the Skills Hub from another business who received a Training Grant and contacted the charity to let them know about the opportunity.

Since then, Liberty Jamboree has benefited from multiple Training Grants, all of which funded courses with the same aim: boosting the confidence and emotional well-being of the company’s team of youth workers. By supporting these key staff and teaching them methods of maintaining good mental health, the young people with whom the charity interacts also benefit, as they’re welcomed into a positive environment.

The Liberty Jamboree team during one of their courses, run by Positive Ewe

“We were able to use the grant funding to support our team’s professional development and their emotional and mental health, both coming out of Covid and during the aftermath.” Maggi Huckfield, CEO of Liberty Jamboree, told us. “We also believe in the coaching element for the team and our members as a process of self-management.

“We have become a team underpinned by the coaching processes. We work together as a team and use the training and skills to support each other; the control circle – a technique learned during the courses – has become a process we use frequently with each other when we are having a bad day. We have also used the skills learnt with members, so it has created a whole team approach.

We would recommend the Skills Hub Training Grant to others as it has enabled the team to grow, and I would ensure that I shared the positive impact accessing this funding has had on us as a team, as an organisation and as individuals.”

You can learn more about Liberty Jamboree on their website: Liberty Staffordshire – Supporting young people with SEND (libertyjamboree.co.uk)