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Building Futures: National Lottery Invests £221,400 in Escape2Make’s Mission for Lancaster and Morecambe Youth

Escape2Make (E2M), a charitable organisation dedicated to providing safe, inclusive and welcoming spaces along with free creative opportunities for 11–18-year-olds in Lancaster and Morecambe, is thrilled to announce funding to establish their first dedicated space for young people in Lancaster. E2M are thrilled to have been successful in being offered £221,400 over three years from the National Lottery Community Fund. E2M would like to thank National Lottery players for making this exciting development possible, which will have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young people in the region.

With a vision to combat youth loneliness and isolation, E2M aims to impact at least 900 youths in the region, fostering improved mental health, self-belief, and the forging of new friendships.

Saul Argent, Chief Operating Officer at E2M, expressed his excitement, stating, “This funding allows us to establish our first base in Lancaster, a crucial step to meet the needs of young people amidst the worst mental health crisis in memory. It also empowers us to expand our reach, providing vital resources and opportunities for personal growth, while empowering our youth to become active contributors to society.”

The funding will facilitate numerous benefits for young participants from all walks of life from across the region, including enhanced mental well-being, increased self-belief, and opportunities to positively influence their communities.

Saul, says “And it’s not just the young people that benefit. E2M’s initiatives will provide valuable opportunities for 90 freelance facilitators as well as youth workers and 60 volunteers to gain skills and experience in the cultural and creative sectors, fostering potential pathways to future employment.”

Furthermore, the organisation aims to enhance community awareness and understanding of its mission, reaching an estimated 6,000 members of the community through youth-led events, paving the way for increased fundraising opportunities and long-term sustainability.

Jenny Natusch, founder and CEO of E2M, explained, “With this funding, we’re transitioning from a ‘pop-up model’ to establishing our first small ‘test site’ in Lancaster City Centre, designed by young people. As well as providing more flexible youth programming in addition to our current creative clubs and workshops, the funding will enable us to take the initial stride towards realising our young people’s long-term vision for a larger creative, accessible and inclusive space for young people in Lancaster & Morecambe”.

E2M extends its sincerest gratitude to The National Lottery Community Fund for their support and looks forward to embarking on this transformative journey. Through collaborative efforts and dedicated outreach, the organisation remains steadfast in its commitment to empowering young minds and fostering a vibrant and inclusive community.

For more information about Escape2Make and their initiatives, please visit www.escape2make.org

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