Shackles Off is a Seascale based social project with a youth work emphasis, working with children, young people and vulnerable adults aged 7-25 years old.
Young people are primarily from Seascale, however they also currently work with young people from Bootle, Gosforth, Wasdale/Eskdale Valleys and Drigg. The project works with an average of 70 young people per month and aim to deliver 10 or more sessions to a minimum of 60 young people a year.
Shackles Off is well connected to the local community it delivers to and responsive to local needs e.g. the development this year of Seascale gym “buddying” system to ensure young people could continue to attend the gym.
Their level of community involvement was recognised in 2017 by Cumbria Police & Crime Commissioner as well deserved winners of the “Outstanding Community project” category.
This project will support youthwork staffing costs and support the delivery of 15 sessions per week.
Mandy Taylor, Project Manager said, “We are extremely grateful to the Copeland Community Fund for recognising the importance of the work we do with young people. The grant enables us to continue to provide quality youth provision in a rural area, where otherwise opportunities would be limited.”
Other funding was provided by Dulverton Trust, DONG Walney Extension Fund, FCSCT, the Methodist Church and a range of other funders.