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Aylesbury drop in centre for young people still providing support

Youth Concern wants people to know their services are still available, although online now.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:48am 14th April 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury drop in centre for young people still providing support

An Aylesbury drop in centre for vulnerable young people is still providing support despite the lock down. 

Youth Concern is a charity supporting vulnerable young people around the Aylesbury Vale area and wants to make sure people know they are still here for them. 

The community drop in centre has had to close, but they are making sure their services are available through platforms like Whatsapp, Youtube, and Zoom to name a few. 

They understand there is still a need for information on issues such as emergency accommodation, education, employment and addiction.

Hannah Asquith, CEO of Youth Concern had this message for local young people:

 

Hannah Asquith, explained:

"Self-isolating is hard enough for those of us with warm homes and stable relationships. For teenagers and young adults with insecure accommodation and challenging relationships, and whose daily routines have changed beyond all recognition, we are here. Technology has enabled Youth Concern to throw its virtual doors wide open. 

"With the backing of The National Lottery Community Fund and other donors, our charity is using this time to explore new ways of offering support, and to reach out to other organisations locally to ensure we're all pulling together in the best interests of vulnerable 13-25 year olds in Aylesbury Vale.

"At these times, more than ever, it’s vital that YC is here to support Aylesbury’s most vulnerable young people. There are of course costs to moving our services online. If anyone is able to make a donation towards our work, we would be SO grateful. Donations can be made via our website.

Youth Concern is also looking to identify further ways to provide support remotely, with podcasts, cooking videos and live streaming videos being considered to ensure all young people needing support are reached.

The organisation is supported by a £310,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund and is one of the thousands of projects funded that are stepping in and up to support communities at this time. 

Helen Bushell, Head of Regional Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

"In these difficult times it's heartening to see the way communities are coming together to provide support where it is needed.

"The charities and voluntary sector organisations we fund, like Youth Concern, are playing a vital role in their community.

"We are incredibly grateful for their efforts and are doing everything we can to make it easy for them to adapt to the unprecedented times we are all finding ourselves in."

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