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Torbay youth services expand due to funding boost

24 January 2017
Community youth services in Torbay are expanding to reach more young people thanks to a funding boost from Sanctuary Housing.

A community group in Torbay has expanded its valuable service to reach even more young people from the area thanks to a funding boost from Sanctuary Housing.

The leading housing provider has supported So-Fly with a community grant which will enable the group to provide extended one-to-one advice sessions for local children and teenagers in need of support and advice.

The organisation, based at Windmill Community Centre, provides face-to-face support for local young people on everything from making themselves more employable to a safe haven for youngsters to air concerns over bullying, depression or self-harm.

Young people are now able to benefit from the So-Fly service from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Fridays, at venues across Torbay including Windmill Community Centre, Foxhole Community Hub, and Great Park Community Centre.

Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Torbay, said: “We want young people in our neighbourhoods to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and by investing in So-Fly, we can play our part in providing a place for young people to turn to for advice on sensitive issues and ways to improve their lives.”

Jordan Pierson, founder and managing director of So-Fly, added: “Thanks to support from Sanctuary Housing, So-Fly is able to expand to reach more young people with this one-to-one advice service in the heart of the community. This allows us to build up a relationship with children and teenagers who are often lacking in confidence.

“More and more, we are hearing about young people affected by self-harm, depression, homelessness and unemployment. It’s important that young people know there is somewhere they can go to chat about what’s bothering them as then we can help them work on making things better.”

Funding for the project comes from Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, which supports projects that benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.