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CEO’s Thoughts (August Newsletter)

26 August 2021

Welcome to our August newsletter.

We have been delighted to see the response from local young people to our free Holiday Activities and Food Programme, providing them with safe places, friendship and lots of fun and wide-ranging activities this summer. Additionally, the programmes, for young people aged 11 and above, have provided attendees with a free meal to ensure that no young person goes without being fed over this time.

On 12 August, we celebrated International Youth Day, when I reflected on the current situation for young people. I believe that young people have enough choices and issues to negotiate as they transition into adulthood; good quality youth work provides the support, challenge and encouragement needed to become the best version of themselves and to avoid the medicalisation, or criminalisation they may otherwise face. Young people need safe, appropriate and relevant support to prevent the need for statutory intervention. Youth work is a tool provided by well-trained and supported professionals.

Please, let’s all speak to our parliamentary representatives about the importance of investing in our young people; let’s call for a youth strategy and agree how we can give our young people the best possible chance in life.

I hope you will enjoy this newsletter, telling you about the great work going on to champion, empower and support our local young people. Please support our work if you can by donating or contacting us if you are able to volunteer some of your time.

Thank you!

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