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The Brentwood Centre's Chat 1st wellbeing programme launches project to tackle loneliness in young people

PUBLISHED: 12:06 21 January 2019

Chat 1st launches its new youth programme. Picture: Brentwood Centre

Chat 1st launches its new youth programme. Picture: Brentwood Centre

Brentwood Centre

A wellbeing programme dedicated to tackling loneliness in the community has launched a new youth project.

Chat 1st launches its new youth programme. Picture: Brentwood CentreChat 1st launches its new youth programme. Picture: Brentwood Centre

Chat 1st, based at The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, was created to act as a single point of entry for people looking to get into physical activity, meet like-minded people and have somewhere to turn when they are in need of support.

The Chat 1st team believes that despite being able to communicate in countless ways in today’s modern world, people have also never felt so alone.

In the BBC’s Loneliness Experiment last year, it was revealed that 33per cent of people who completed the survey said they often felt lonely.

And even more surprisingly, 40pc of 16-24-year-olds who took part agreed with this.

Taking the lead on the Chat 1st Youth programme is Evie Taylor. Picture: Brentwood CentreTaking the lead on the Chat 1st Youth programme is Evie Taylor. Picture: Brentwood Centre

So to counteract this growing trend, Chat 1st set up its new youth programme.

Evie Taylor, who has taken the lead on the initiative, said: “Things have never been more exciting in our youth department, there is so much to tell you about!

“The ever popular Friday Night Takeover is running so just come along on the day and join in.

“We’re here every Friday in term time from 5pm-7pm for Year 7 to Year 11’s.

“We have launched a football club, a running club and a yoga class all for Year 7 to Year 11’s.

“Not forgetting our Autism Friendly Gym and Fitness Bootcamps for 12 to 19 year olds running weekly as well.

“Last weekend we celebrating these new Chat 1st events at our free Youth Sports Festival on Sunday, January 20, which was a great success.

“Our youth department has never been busier and we look forward to seeing lots of new faces!”

Other Chat 1st projects include Fitness for Health, Wellbeing Walks, Young at Heart, Disability Swimming and the Community Garden.

To find out more about any of the Chat 1st youth projects, email Evie at youth@brentwoodleisure.co.uk

You can also find out more about the programme and find out when events are being held by following Chat 1st on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For further information on any of the other projects, visit brentwood-centre.co.uk

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