The Children’s Centre’s MOBEX activity programme received a boost after it received a Celton Manx Recognition award to fund the purchase of three new mountain bikes, swelling its fleet to eight.
The MOBEX team deliver a range of largely outdoor activities that challenge young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties to realise their full potential.
MOBEX team leader Kieran Stoutt said: ‘‘The three bikes donated to MOBEX by Celton Manx’s Recognition scheme have been an invaluable addition to our service.
‘Mountain biking is one of the essential activities MOBEX uses to engage with young people. The link between putting the hard work in on a climb in order to have the fun of the descent is a life lesson in itself. Mountain biking also builds confidence and resilience, two vital skills which are essential building blocks for advancing personal development.
‘The addition of these three new bikes allows our young people to push themselves further and for longer, and therefore has a direct, positive impact on the benefits that our service can offer.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘MOBEX is an initiative benefiting more than 200 young people every year, improving their life chances and encouraging them to be the best they can. The early intervention programme of shared experiences such as mountain biking which Kieran and his team deliver boosts self-confidence, raises self-esteem and helps to secure the best outcomes.
‘As with The Children’s Centre, Celton Manx is committed to making lasting contributions to the community and it is against this background that we have been pleased to support the charity with a Recognition award.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx that aims to give heightened visibility to local charities and not-for-profit organisations, in particular those with limited resources for promoting and developing their services.
In 2017 Celton Manx made 27 Recognition awards.
(Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery, centre, is pictured with MOBEX facilitator Dan Lambourne, left, and team leader Kieran Stoutt)