Young People Guernsey closer to funding requirement thanks to Bedell Cristin

November 16th, 2011 by Young People Guernsey

Young People Guernsey is another step closer to providing a dedicated information, advice and counselling centre for teenagers, thanks to a donation from Bedell Cristin.

YPG’s fundraising campaign was launched in June 2011 and Bedell Cristin’s donation has helped bring the amount raised so far to more than £90,000.

The charity’s initial aim is to raise £150,000 to cover the first year’s running costs of a facility in St Peter Port where 11 to 16-year-olds can access free, confidential and professional support.

‘This is a tremendously generous donation on the part of the Bedell Cristin and we are sincerely grateful for the way in which they are supporting the aims of the YPG project,’ said YPG chair, Jane St Pier.

YPG, which has partnered with the UK’s leading children’s charity Barnardo’s, hopes to open the new centre in 2012.

‘We need sustainable financial backing to make the centre happen and Bedell Cristin’s donation brings the viability of our project that much closer. In order to provide guidance and counseling for young people and open a facility of this kind in the island, we need the financial support of the business community.’

The partnership between YPG and Barnardo’s means the charity will be able to provide a professional and sustainable resource that adheres to the highest standards of youth work and best practice. Barnardo’s will recruit, train and manage youth workers at the centre and all funds raised will stay in the island.

‘We believe it is important to support the communities in which we operate and try and identify projects that will make a real difference. The YPG centre will give youngsters in the island a place to seek professional advice and support for the problems they are facing: a place where early intervention can help to resolve their problems. We are pleased that the donation will go some way towards the charity reaching its £150,000 target,’ said Bedell Cristin managing partner in Guernsey, Mark Helyar.

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Young People Guernsey (YPG) was formed in 2010 to identify and respond to the needs of young people within the Bailiwick; primarily by raising funds to commission external professional agencies to provide services to young people, particularly those in need, and ultimately those at risk.

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