County council youth service launches in Chichester

A NEW service has officially been launched in Chichester for young people.

FindItOut is an information service offering people aged from 13 to 25 advice on things like employment, apprenticeships, college courses, sexual health or money issues.

Louise Goldsmith,(right) leader of West Sussex County Council at the launch of Finditout with youth worker Claire Mathieson.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131459-1 Chi FinditOut

Louise Goldsmith,(right) leader of West Sussex County Council at the launch of Finditout with youth worker Claire Mathieson.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131459-1 Chi FinditOut

Heather Vine, 15, from Boxgrove, was one of those at the launch at the New Park Centre who uses the service.

“I’ve been doing stuff with the Connexions and youth service for about two years. It helps you get along really,” she said.

“It’s good to meet friends as well. It’s good to meet people and say whatever you want as long as it’s polite. It’s just nice.

“It’s helped me a lot with stress. It was nice to talk to someone.

“It’s the people who work here. They’re so helpful and kind. They help you for everything.”

Leader of West Sussex County Council Louise Goldsmith was at the official launch on October 23.

“It’s terrific, this drop-in centre,” she told the assembled guests.

“I’m delighted to see it. It’s just what people want and it’s a lovely design.”

The service, which is run by West Sussex County Council’s youth support and development service, has been running for the past few months at New Park, but the past month saw its official launch.

“It’s fantastic for all young people aged 13 to 25,” said Angie Blackwell, manager of the service. “It’s a drop-in service and it covers anything and everything that affects young people’s lives.

The centre is decorated with artwork by youngsters as part of the Creative Pathways programme, which has seen young people getting creative.

“We really want to get across this is a service for all young people in the Chichester District,” added Angie.

The service has a website, which is accessible from the county council website.

There is also the opportunity to chat with advisers online and by phone.

“We’re going right across the board,” said Angie.

She said they were ensuring they could reach people who lived in more rural locations in the district and might not otherwise be able to access the service.

“We can ensure their needs are met as well.”

The service is open Monday to Friday between 1pm-5pm.