YOUNG people in Hull who are not attending school, living in poverty, are unemployed or suffering from low self-esteem are being given the opportunity to learn vital life skills in at a newly established drop in centre.
New Life Support has been created and launched to serve young people, aged from 10 to 19, in the Bransholme and Kingswood areas of the city, aiming to provide somewhere to access support, training and advocacy work.
The centre holds three youth drop-in sessions per week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
It provides young people with an opportunity to access training to enable them to use the centre’s computers, digital cameras, video cameras and video editing equipment, improving life skills which will be useful when looking to enter the modern world of work.
With a pool table, board games and games consoles also available to use, the group also provides a chance for many to socialise in a welcoming atmosphere, and to gain self-confidence.
The group was launched with funding support from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust, with a summer family fun day marking its opening, quickly building around 50 regular attendees.
Funding from the Trust was earmarked to buy new DJ decks and music equipment, and Steve Green, of New Life Support, which operates out of Kingswood House, on Ashcombe Road, said: “We were really pleased to be awarded funding. These youth work activities are important to the local area.
“We are feeling really positive about the project as we know that we will be able to utilise this equipment and all our other resources to engage with young people in the target areas.
“It means we can create opportunities for young people to learn how to use these resources to improve their skills and life experiences.
“The application to the Trust was really straightforward, and on-going guidance was given throughout the process.”
New Life Support aims to engage over 250 young people per year. For more information about New Life Support, email Steve Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/newlifechurchhull.
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust is currently welcoming new applications, ahead of a September 30 deadline, for funding of up to £2,500 for groups and organisations across Yorkshire which add value to their communities.