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Aarsleff's Marketing Assistant Harrison presenting Newark Emmaus Trust CEO Nikki Burley with a cheque.

Newark based company, Aarsleff Ground Engineering is supporting the Newark Emmaus Trust’s Healthy Living Programme, which provides homeless young people with exercise classes and activities.

The Newark Emmaus Trust is an independent charity that helps and support vulnerable, homeless young people aged between 16-25 years old and their children aged 0-5 years old. By providing temporary housing, 24-hour support, education, workshops and activities, the charity aims to help its residents become independent within two years of arriving at the trust.

With their Healthy Living Programme, the trust aims to engage its residents and get them active and involved in exercise. Talking about the programme, Nikki Burley, the Chief Executive Officer said,

“We have evidence that exercise and physical activity improves anxiety as well as health. With the classes we provide, we have seen improvements to our resident’s mental health and physical health, which is why we feel it is important to continue with the programme.”

The trust already works with the leisure centre who provide dedicated parent and baby swimming classes for their residents, as well as having a professional yoga instructor who gives classes at the trusts hub at a reduced rate, but funding is still required to pay for the classes.

“We also found that the classes not only benefit the young people, but also the babies and children. Not only do the swimming classes exercise the babies and children, but it allows them to socialise and have bonding time with their parents. It also provides positive early intervention in reducing the cycle of homelessness.”

Aarsleff’s donation will provide six parents with 20 weeks of swimming classes and 40 weeks of fortnightly yoga classes for its residents at their hub in Newark.

“It is amazing to have support from local companies such as Aarsleff for our Healthy Living Programme. With it, we can help more homeless young people create friendships and reduce the feeling of isolation due to their circumstances, as well as provide them with the encouragement to take up a healthier and active lifestyle.”

Find out more about the Newark Emmaus Trust and how to support them by visiting https://newarkemmaustrust.org.uk/.

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