Help youngsters turn around their lives

Youth Concern's Fran Borg Wheeler - ceo and Nightstop Coordinator with Jovan Carthy - sessional worker and service users Vicky Jane Sweet, Jack Rootes and Leinard Thompson-Daniel pictured at the Uptown Coffee Bar in Aylesbury
Youth Concern's Fran Borg Wheeler - ceo and Nightstop Coordinator with Jovan Carthy - sessional worker and service users Vicky Jane Sweet, Jack Rootes and Leinard Thompson-Daniel pictured at the Uptown Coffee Bar in Aylesbury
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A charity that supports vulnerable young people is appealing to businesses to join its Friends scheme.

Youth Concern in Aylesbury is aiming to get 35 local firms on board with its new sponsorship drive in the new year in a bid to boost the charity’s funds, allowing it to make even more progress in 2015.

So far, businesses already on board are Signs Express Aylesbury, Cartridge World, Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, The Ark Church, Marks and Punctures, The Fitness Academy, King’s Farm in Wendover and Fluent Limited.

Youth Concern’s vice chairman Stephen Louis and trustee Karen Mitchell have also signed up. Youth Concern’s chief executive Fran Borg-Wheeler said: “We’re asking businesses to pledge a minimum of £10 a month, because a small amount of money really does go a long way. You can do a little to make a big difference.

“There will be various sponsorship packages, meaning if people want to give a higher level of support, we can offer newsletters, invitations to our events and mentions on our website for instance.”

Youth Concern was first established in 1979 and runs a drop in centre at its Uptown Cafe in Whitehill Lane, as well as counselling sessions, a music studio and its vital Nightstop service.

Nightstopplaces vulnerable young people with volunteer host families, allowing them to either make arrangements to return home or move to permanent housing.

The money pledged from the Friends scheme will be used for several projects, such as working towards providing a year-round emergency response for Aylesbury’s young people. Fran hopes to boost staff hours too.

Also planned for next year is the launch of a pilot supported lodging scheme , which will see young people living in a rented room in the community. The charity is on the hunt for families willing to help.

Fran said: “These young people might not have been brought up in the most nurturing environment, so they will benefit from learning life skills in a traditional home setting.”

If you could help, email fran@youthconcern.org.uk.