Youth support group secures new locations to stay open

Dorset Echo: Youth support group secures funding to stay open Youth support group secures funding to stay open

Volunteers at a charity dedicated to helping young people are celebrating after discovering the organisation can remain open.

Youth Aid, which is based in Blandford but helps people aged up to 25 from across the county, faced closure this winter.

But three months after an appeal for help, the charity has revealed eleventh-hour support from the town will ensure it is able to continue its good work.

Founder and project manager Sue Sullivan said: “We have managed to secure two new locations for Youth Aid. Scruples Coffee House has offered us its internet cafe and we’ll be there twice a week for drop in and once for one-to-one confidential sessions. The DT11 forum has also given us the use of its buildings on Fridays too.”

Youth Aid opened in March 2012. It offers advice and counselling to young people.

Its base in Salisbury Street is also used by the social services as a meeting place for families.

But the charity struggled to raise the £1,000 needed each month to keep running.

In its first year, Youth Aid had 1,720 visits. Between 10 and 20 clients receive support every day For information, call Sue on 01258 480317 or email sue.youthaid@btinternet.com

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