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Escape 2 Make Make friends, make things, make a difference.

Escape2Make aims to help 11-18s in the Lancaster and Morecambe area to escape from boredom, social media, loneliness and any pressure at school or home by providing workshops and short courses hosted by businesses, artists and students. All of the courses are free and are designed to help young people to build their confidence, whilst making a difference in their local communities.

Never before have young people so needed a service that enables them to escape the pressures of schoolwork, exams, home life, negative peer relationships and boredom. Never before has there been such a need to build interventions that help support poor mental health and wellbeing. Never before has there been so little available to address these needs.

Escape2Make (E2M) believes moving beyond the online world can promote emotional intelligence and empathy, and give space to explore and experiment so that young people can grow in confidence and resilience. E2M’s programmes also aim to support the growth of enterprising behaviour and attitudes, through active citizenship and meaningful youth-led projects.

E2M runs 15 creative projects for young people aged 11-18 over five weeks, ranging from baking and upcycling, through to music production and performance poetry. All of the projects result in youth-led events, including a mini Green Festival and cabaret.

As well as the 15 introductory projects, E2M aims to deliver more targeted support to the next generation of journalists, film makers, architects and conservationists. By delivering year-round activity to a smaller group of young people and by reaching those less advantaged, E2M aims to ignite the development of new skills, whilst providing an opportunity for young people to connect with like-minded peers.

Since E2M began in 2018:

- 443 young people have taken part in 34 free creative workshops across two pilots;

- 100% of attendees enjoyed the experience, while 94% reported they would not have had this opportunity were it not for the E2M programme;

- 99% said they felt an improved sense of wellbeing after taking part in the activities;

- 23 young people led an event to launch the charity and helped to write E2M’s business plan.

With support from the Foundation, E2M will deliver its ongoing Press Club for children and young people. The club is run fortnightly and aims to give young people an understanding of career paths in this area, whilst developing new skills, confidence and friendships. Going forward, E2M aims to expand its offer, running 2 major project each year as well as increasing its ongoing groups to 6 – including natural skills and yoga. E2M also seeks to explore the potential to expand and replicate its model into other parts of the country.

“E2M takes us away from school pressures and gives us a balance” Colette, aged 17

“Being able to try these new classes really opens up a whole new world” Matilda, aged 14