Newhaven Foyer to launch programme to help young people develop skills

A community programme to help young people develop their skills and work towards a successful future will be launched in Newhaven.

Ignition Newhaven will be run by the Salvation Army Housing Association’s Newhaven Foyer in partnership with national charity Youth at Risk, and has been made possible thanks to funding from the Henry Smith Foundation.

The programme will use Youth at Risk’s successful ‘Tough Love’ approach, to support young people in the community who are experiencing homelessness and disadvantage, with lives that are challenging and often lacking stability.

The programme will begin for 17-21 year old participants in March 2015. Whilst on their intensive development course, young people will have the chance to work through past issues, realise their talents and work towards a future with a new positive vision that they are excited about.

Volunteers will support the young people by coaching them for nine months as they work towards goals.

Recruitment has now begun for the volunteers needed to coach and support young people throughout the programme. No previous experience is needed, just a passion for making a difference and time available to coach.

Foyer manager Anna Cooley-Greene said: “We’re excited to offer the life-changing course to our young people and the community. We’re also looking forward to seeing how volunteers have an opportunity to transform a young person’s life, as well as their own.”

For more information about the programme or to volunteer as a coach, contact Sue Handley on 01763 241120 or susan@youthatrisk.org.uk