Service for LGBT youths can keep running thanks to donation - The Leamington Observer

Service for LGBT youths can keep running thanks to donation

Leamington Editorial 7th Jun, 2017   0

‘VITAL’ support will be provided for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) thanks to a cash boost from Children in Need.

More than £9,000 is set to be donated to Warwickshire Pride’s ‘Proud Youth’ service, which provides support and activities for young people aged 13 to 19 at a weekly drop-in centre.

Chair of Trustees Daniel Browne said the funding will keep the group running for another two years.

He told the Observer: “We are seeing young people with increasingly complex issues, such as mental health difficulties, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and self-harm. Many of those issues stem from young people not feeling able to be open about who they are due to bullying at school or at home.

“By running the Proud Youth drop-in we’re able to facilitate a safe and welcoming environment where people are free to be who they are, without the worry of being bullied and not accepted.

“This service is truly life changing for many young people, so it’s hugely positive that we’re able to continue.”

The Proud Youth free drop-in runs each Saturday between noon and 3pm at The Glasshouse inside the Jephson Gardens.

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