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New chief exec for Aylesbury charity talks hopes for the future

New chief exec for Aylesbury charity talks hopes for the future

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:00pm 4th March 2020.

A charity in Aylesbury helping young people in need is looking forward to a bigger future.

Youth Concern has a new Chief Exec, who is hoping to build on what's already been achieved, including a place for homeless teens to live.

Hannah Asquith has taken over from Fran Borg-Wheeler, who ran the charity for 13 years.

Hannah told us it was the Next Steps project which attracted her to the role:

"Youth Concern has been helping local young people for 40 years but they are embarking on this exciting project started last month.

"In the past we have been able to help young people who have accommodation crisis by finding them a safe bed for one night or two nights or three nights.

"But this project, we are renovating a house in the middle of Aylesbury to look after up to 20 young people a year."

So they can move in, for six months, as long as they access employability training and various other support which the charity offers, we hope that will be a real opportunity for them to turn their lives around and find a job, maybe some stable accommodation."

This means the charity is doubling in size and they need all the help they an get.

Hannah's hope is to really raise the profile of what they do, so it isn't 'Aylesbury's best-kept secret'.

"My hope is just that I continue to be a part of the most amazing charity here in Aylesbury, that we are sustainable and consistent and here for young people.

"There might be some exciting new developments that come in the next two years, including the Next Steps project."

To try and keep money coming in, the charity will be benefiting from a concert organised by Aylesbury's Mayor on Saturday 14th March.

The Dung Beatles, the Beatles tribute band, will be performing at St. Mary's Church at 7.45pm.

Ticket profits will go to the charity and can be purchased from Youth Concern, Aylesbury Town Council or Aylesbury Music.

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