MORE than 400 youngsters have received help from The HUB since the charity Young People Guernsey (YPG) launched the service last year.
The HUB, which opened its doors on Friday 7 September 2012, is the YPG centre for 11 to 16-year-olds, from which the charity has commissioned Barnardo’s to manage and deliver the service. YPG receives no States funding, but finances The HUB through donations, charitable grants and fundraising events.
YPG chair, Jane St Pier, said 33% of those who accessed The HUB’s services in its first 10 months were identified as vulnerable or at risk from harm.
‘Since September last year 408 youngsters have accessed The HUB for a variety of reasons. Key issues included support with family and friends, advice on employment, education and training, mental health, worries about sexual health and low self-esteem,’ she said.
‘E-safety has been an increasing concern, with social media creating new risks and challenges to young people and professionals, in addition levels of self-harming among youngsters are high.
‘A number of young people that have accessed The HUB have required a safeguarding referral to HSSD due to sleeping rough or being a victim of abuse.’
‘YPG will continue to fundraise and work to ensure the sustainability of The HUB’s services. People in Guernsey are extremely generous, however the harsh reality is that our running costs are £120,000 per year. We also continue to work closely with
other relevant agencies as both YPG and Barnardo’s believe that an effective multi-agency approach is necessary to provide an effective support framework for vulnerable young people,’ said Mrs St Pier.
The HUB has two full time and one part time member of staff and 16 volunteers led by Charlie Cox, Barnardo’s Team Leader, who said it was important to appreciate the number of young people that have put their trust in the team by seeking one-to-one emotional support.
‘This is the core of our service and perhaps the most difficult thing for anyone to ask for help with – let alone a young person who is already suffering from feelings of low self-esteem and isolation. Asking for support takes a huge amount of courage and is something that should never be underestimated,’ said Miss Cox.
As well as offering a drop-in service, staff and volunteers at The HUB also participate in outreach sessions in various island locations, working with children of offenders and PSHE lessons and peer mentor training at the island’s schools.
If you would like further information or to discuss how you might support YPG and The HUB please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ypg.gg
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The HUB facts:
- Young people aged 13 have been The HUB’s highest service users, accounting for 37% of the total number seeking help. The next highest ages were 14 and 12 years.
- In terms of gender 56% of those seeking advice at The HUB were female and 44% were male.
- The HUB team has a presence on Guernsey Drug and Alcohol Strategy, Islands E-Safety Committee, Guernsey Prison Family Support Committee, Guernsey Domestic Abuse Strategy and Guernsey Youth Partnership Outreach Group.