Somerset County Cricket Club has announced a new community partnership with Young Somerset, the largest youth work charity in Somerset. The charity works with young people and encourages them to take responsibility for themselves while becoming actively involved in shaping the communities in which they live.
They seek to achieve this by focusing on three specific service areas:
- Targeted youth support
- Alternative education provision and enterprise
- Emotional wellbeing and mental health support and therapy
Somerset County Cricket Club, in conjunction with Somerset Cricket Foundation, will be working alongside Young Somerset in order to help the charity engage and support young people in a range of social, economic, educational and recreational opportunities designed to encourage social inclusion and life-long learning.
Part of this initiative will see Somerset 2023 Members receive a 10% discount in Young Somerset’s Bold & Brave shop at Riverside Place in Taunton’s Independent Quarter.
Bold & Brave sells unique handmade goods and locally sourced products, all made by young people or to support young people. It also acts as a community hub, a social enterprise space and a place that provides young people with the opportunity to have visible retail roles while gaining work experience and life skills training.
Nik Harwood, Chief Executive of Young Somerset, said: “Young Somerset is delighted to partner with Somerset County Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Foundation and excited to begin exploring more opportunities of working together. Community partnerships are vital for us to increase our ability to reach more people and to enhance our work in supporting young people.
“We know the value of collaboration at Young Somerset and we are keen to work together to develop new and innovative initiatives.”
Spencer Bishop, SCCC Media and Community Executive, added: “Somerset County Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Foundation are looking forward to working with Young Somerset to help young people in the region to achieve their goals.
“There are a number of avenues that we are looking to explore within this initiative, and we are excited to see what we can achieve together in order to benefit future generations.”