Exciting times at Action4Youth after very many months of planning and covid related delays we will open The Junction, our new youth centre in High Wycombe next month as we hope, covid restrictions will ease further. Working with many partners and funders we have developed a programme for young people in their teens intended to be fun, supportive and educational all based in a non judgemental, safe space. As always at Action4Youth, the centre will be for all young people regardless or background or ability.
At its heart, the centre will be a drop in centre where young people can meet their friends, make new friends, hang out and have a good time with a range of activities. There will also be a programme of structured sessions on the themes of health and wellbeing with a wide range of topics including fitness sessions and team games, mental resilience and wellbeing and understanding and enjoying a healthy diet. There will be support sessions for those with special educational needs and disabilities and our intention is that as many sessions as possible will be live streamed so that those unable to attend in person will be able to participate.
Additionally we will offer a crisis support service which will include 1-2-1 counselling and mentoring but will be the place where young people can go when they most need urgent and immediate help and support. From the autumn all services will be available 7 days a week ensuring that the young people of High Wycombe always have a safe, welcoming and fun place to go. I am very grateful to the many individuals who have donated to support this project, as well as The Clare Foundation and Swire Family Trust whose support has made this possible. The many organisations working across Wycombe at present, most our members, have been generous in their support for this idea and we look forward to working with them to ensure its success for our young people in the coming months.
Jenifer Cameron – Chief Executive – www.action4youth.org
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