Little Junction Opens
Councillor Iris Anderson officially opened Alabaré’s Young Peoples' Drop In Centre 'The Little Junction' in Andover today.
Our Young People’s Drop In, was saved from complete closure thanks to the fundraising efforts of our local campaigners. Following news that the centre had lost its Council funding at the beginning of the year, local people took to the streets of the town centre to protest at the Council’s decision. An online petition was launched, gaining support from 1,172 people.
Despite still having to close the centre, thanks to the energy and determination of local people and businesses, funds were raised to help us open a down-sized drop in centre for young people - and so the Little Junction was born.
Cllr Iris Anderson Cllr Anderson has been instrumental in fighting for the future of the centre and is very passionate about the facility;
“This Young People’s Drop In holds a very special place in my heart. I wish facilities like this were around when I was young; it is an absolute Godsend for those who have nowhere to go. Thanks to local companies, organisations and members of the public who have fought for this vital facility to stay open. I want to let everyone know that this service has not gone, it has just been downsized but is still open and able to offer the support and care for those young people who so desperately need it.”
Paula Philp, our Service Manager at The Andover Foyer, which The Little Junction is part of says;
“We will still be offering a counselling service, accredited training courses and a small internet café. We will be able to help homeless Young People through our ‘Help Thru Crisis’ facility giving them emergency supplies until we can help them get into a home. All this has been made possible bthrough the campaigning and kind donations from people in our community. Thanks to them, we can still be here to protect and support vulnerable young people in Andover who urgently need our help. We are so grateful to everyone – thank you so so much.”
Young people are at increasing risk of becoming homeless. A recent study suggests up to 11,000 young people will potentially be hit by a government decision to end housing support for 18-21 year olds, a policy which charities have pointed out will actually end up costing more than it saves and will mean more young people facing life on the streets. *
Our homes, drop in centres and training facilities help hundreds of homeless young people off the streets for good.
Continued cuts to local government funding means that our crucial services for young people are under threat. Please give today, and help us continue to be there for young people in need in the years ahead.
*Statistic Shelter, 2017