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Charities across the UK are celebrating this week the achievements of their organisations, and Young Melksham are joining in.
Since reopening The Canberra Centre in October 2015, Young Melksham has worked with almost 1,500 different young people who attended a total of 17,359 times at the 613 youth club sessions held in that time.
In addition, scores of young people have benefitted from the free-to-access counselling service, TeenTalk, where a fully qualified specialist young people’s counsellor is available to provide support for young people aged 10 to 18.
Recently the charity launched a peer-leader programme, offering young people the opportunity to learn new skills while supporting the youth workers at the centre, with training in safeguarding, first aid, food hygiene and health and safety.
This year saw the launch of a new holiday activities programme, with daytime activities being offered for young people to attend during school holidays, and of course the charity is well known for starting and running the popular Melksham Young People’s Awards.
Chair of the charity’s trustees, Jon Hubbard said, “This all happens because of the support and encouragement of the local community. You really do make it happen, without your support we could not exist.”
Jon cited the financial support received from local charitable foundations and the town and parish councils, as well as support from the public by voting for Young Melksham when they appeared in the ‘green token’ schemes at Asda and Waitrose.
“The community is at the heart of everything we do,” he said, “and it is through their generosity we are able to operate. Our amazing dedicated team of volunteers and trustees are essential to delivering our services, our exceptional staff team who work so very hard and, of course, the wonderful young people we get to work with.”
Young Melksham is now looking forward to completing the asset transfer of the Canberra Centre and continuing to develop their services in the next 12 months.
“We have some exciting plans for some new young people’s activities at the centre,” Jon explained, “and we are talking with a number of delivery partners about setting up some specialist activities, particularly based around music.”
Above: Young people from the Tuesday night club enjoying the hot weather this summer at the Canberra Centre.