A NEW Youth Support Centre has opened in Selsey.
Selsey Youth Dream and the Selsey Academy hope to link the school and the community through a new centre called The Bridge which opened on April 30.
The Bridge, in the school’s former caretaker’s bungalow, was decorated and equipped with donations from the community.
While opening The Bridge, Ann-Marie Latham, headteacher at The Academy, said: “This is an amazing opportunity and we are delighted to be working in partnership to further motivate and empower our young people to become independent, responsible young adults with a strong desire to achieve their full potential.
“At The Academy, Selsey, our ethos is ‘Pride in Excellence’ and we take every opportunity to instil this value in our students both in and out of the school environment.
“Upholding clear standards and high expectations is having a huge impact on behaviour and progress and the introduction of The Bridge will enhance our provision for working with those young people who sometimes struggle to access their learning effectively.”
Staffed by two youth workers and five key volunteers, the centre will enrich the pastoral care offered by school staff.
Services will focus on harm reduction, self-worth, building confidence, aspiration and relationships.
The work is being extended by the Snak Shak youth drop and Selsey Works, which offers advice and employment support.
Mike Nicholls, chairman of Youth Dream, said: “The setting up of this centre represents a completed circle for the charity, which was founded in 2011 when County Council cuts closed the youth wing, disbanded its activities and removed its youth workers. Now the re-establishment of an on-site staffed centre with activities marks a complete redemption of the situation by the voluntary sector”.