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Escape2Make (E2M) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a grant of £75,600 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting Heritage Market Festival in Lancaster that will be produced by 11-18-year-olds later this year. This pioneering project is made possible by the generous contributions of National Lottery players, and is set to preserve and celebrate Lancashire’s rich cultural heritage, ensuring its accessibility and relevance for generations to come.

Saul Argent, Chief Operating Officer of E2M, stated, “We are immensely grateful for the support from National Lottery players. This project exemplifies our dedication to preserving our heritage while fostering a brighter future for young people in Lancaster & Morecambe.”

The Heritage Market Festival will take place in Market Square, Lancaster on Sunday 17th December in collaboration with Lancaster City Museums to coincide with their 100th Anniversary celebrations. The event will showcase the talents of young people through 10 five-week creative programs and 5 one-off workshops, including pottery, jewellery making, coffee making, theatrical storytelling and so much more, each led by a local creative professional or organisation

By engaging in immersive educational activities, enterprising opportunities, and creative skill development programs, the project is set to empower young people, enhancing their quality of life and expanding their future prospects.

Jenny Natusch, founder of E2M, said “By collaborating with The National Lottery Heritage Fund & Lancaster City Museums, we hope this unique endeavour will create a lasting positive change in our community. This grant will enable us to further our mission and ensure that our heritage remains vibrant and accessible for all.”

Councillor Catherine Potter from Lancaster City Council, Cabinet Member with particular responsibility for Visitor Economy, Community Wealth Building and Culture said “Lancaster City Museums are delighted to be working with Escape2Make on this innovative project. In this centenary year it is fitting that the final event will focus on the future, engaging young people with their heritage at the same time as improving skills and wellbeing”

Around 250 people gathered at the Dukes Theatre on Thursday November 14, to take part in the launch of Escape2Make (E2M).

The evening began with Lancaster University Prof Dame Sue Black, patron of the charity, who told the audience about the importance of the charity given the mounting evidence that more and more young people are feeling lonely and isolated.

The charity, which is for anyone aged between 11 and 18, has also received a boost after Lancaster University and Eden Project North announced they would be backing the charity. read more

A “lifesaving” new project for young people in Lancaster aims to tackle bullying, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts head on. Escape2Make (E2M) is the brainchild of Jenny Natusch, and it is already gaining support from the NHS, police, councils and the education sector in its mission to tackle and prevent mental health issues in teenagers caused by boredom and increasing isolation, and aggravated by social media.

There are now plans for an E2M hub in the proposed new Canal Corridor development in Lancaster. read more