Massive cash boost for youth charity

BOSSES at an Ipswich charity which provides physical, emotional and health services for young people are celebrating today after winning a �500,000 grant.

BOSSES at an Ipswich charity which provides physical, emotional and health services for young people are celebrating today after winning a �500,000 grant.

The Suffolk Young People's Health Project, also known as 4YP, will use the cash from the Big Lottery Fund to continue providing its vital range of programmes for those aged between 12 and 25.

The grant will come in instalments over the next five years.

Dawn Henry, chief executive, said the money would ensure the future of the charity.


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“We heard our application had been successful on July 30 and we were absolutely delighted,” she said.

“It really will make a substantial difference.

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“We knew we had submitted a good bid but we never back a horse until we know it's a cert.

“This is exceptionally important - it will aid our sustainability.”

Paul Williams, a volunteer at the charity which is based in Lower Brook Street, added: “The project will engage and focus young people in a positive way, to help with their lives and communities they live in.”

Between April 2008 and March 2009, the charity made 10,000 contacts with young people and provided 1,500 counselling sessions.

Among the issues covered by 4YP are contraception and sexual health, substance and alcohol abuse, depression and mental health issues, and nutrition and diet.

Cherry Finch, operational manager at 4YP, said: “I'm absolutely delighted that the passion, enthusiasm and creative thinking of Suffolk Young People's Health Project have been recognised.”

For more information on 4YP's work, visit www.onesuffolk.co.uk/4yp

Have you benefited from 4YP? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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