YPG signs contract with Barnardo’s to open centre for 11 to 16 year olds

March 7th, 2012 by Young People Guernsey

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Young People Guernsey (YPG) is delighted to announce that on 1 March 2012 it entered into an agreement with Barnardo’s – the UK’s largest children’s charity – to open an information, advice and guidance centre for 11 to 16 year olds in St. Peter Port.

The Centre will be available to all young teenagers on a self-referral basis and will provide confidential, expert support whatever the issues or problems that they are facing.

“It really is a pleasure to announce the signing of this agreement” said YPG Chair, Jane St. Pier.

“This is a ground-breaking venture for Guernsey that will prove to be an essential resource for the community. We are extremely conscious of the many causes that Guernsey organisations and individuals voluntarily support, and so for us to have achieved our initial fundraising target of £100,000 in just six months is testimony to the generosity and faith of our many donors. We are sincerely grateful, and now look forward to delivering on our part of the deal: to offer the very best service – one that has the potential to change young people’s futures. Now that we know that the service is going to soon be up and running, we need to ensure that the funds are available to secure the long-term viability of the Centre.

It would almost be worse to open and then close, rather than not open at all.”

“Barnardo’s priorities are to work intensively with more disadvantaged children, young people and families,” said Jeanie Lynch, the Service Development Manager for Barnardo’s South West.

“To now be able to extend that into Guernsey with YPG will mean more young people, beyond the 100,000 we see each year in the UK, will benefit. Now that the agreement is signed, we can begin the recruitment of staff and volunteers and our intention is that the Centre will be operating later this summer.”

Click on the links below to listen to the 1 March 2012 BBC Guernsey interview on the Jenny Kendall-Tobias show.

Part 1: Jane St Pier, Chair of Young People Guernsey; and Jeanie Lynch, Service Development Manager of Barnardo’s South West; speak to Jenny Kendall-Tobias of BBC Guernsey about the role of YPG on 1 March 2012

Part 2: Jane St Pier, Chair of Young People Guernsey; and Jeanie Lynch of Barnardo’s speak to Jenny Kendall-Tobias of BBC Guernsey about the role of YPG on 1 March 2012

 

 

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