Can you tell us about Coram’s Fields and what you do here?
ND: We run a holistic service for children and young people to live a happy and healthy life. We have a varied programme of activities to improve their personal and social development through sport, physical fitness, and one-to-one mentoring. We are led by young people through our regular youth consultations to see what activities they’d like to take part in that would benefit them directly.
DS: We have employability programmes as well, to help young people find jobs and apprenticeship schemes. Demand for this service has increased as more people are looking for jobs to support their families.
How do you think the new gym will make a difference to young people’s lives?
ND: Joining a gym can be very expensive but our youth gym is completely free of charge. We always have qualified personal trainers on site too so young people can work out in a fun and safe manner. Keeping fit and healthy also improves their self-esteem and confidence and encourages them to create a long-lasting active hobby.
DS: Some young people are training to be personal trainers so it makes complete sense that they are able to work here – it’s an amazing addition to what we already have.