Youngsters to benefit as charity expands

INNOVATIVE youth project CYDS is hoping changes to its running and expansion of its premises will allow hundreds more young people in the Saxmundham and Leiston area to benefit from its services.

INNOVATIVE youth project CYDS is hoping changes to its running and expansion of its premises will allow hundreds more young people in the Saxmundham and Leiston area to benefit from its services.

The project, also known as 'young people taking action', has centres in Leiston and Saxmundham and is now in its seventh year.

Set up in 1996, its services range from help with drugs and health issues to simply providing somewhere for young people to meet up and have a few games of pool.

Currently a charitable trust, the project is hoping to become a limited company with charitable status, meaning it will be able to bring in an even greater range of services from outside, whilst extending the areas it covers.


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As part of this change the project is looking for a number of trustees to help advise with its running and management.

Project manager Chris Lee said: "Trustees will be asked to attend one meeting a month and it will be their role to advise and give guidance on the way the project is run.

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"We are looking for volunteers with a real commitment to helping young people in the area, and we would like as many people as possible to come forward."

Current trustee Tony Cooper agreed: "A real compassion and dedication to helping young people is the main requirement. We see people with all sorts of problems and they need to understand these."

The project has gone from strength to strength in its seven-year history, despite receiving some bad press initially. In May alone the Leiston centre had more than 800 visits.

Mr Lee said: "A lot of people didn't really realise what we were all about when we first began. They tend to associate the idea of a drop-in centre with drop-outs but we have been making a lot of progress. We now have very strong links with both Leiston High School and the police, and I think people are beginning to realise what a valuable service we offer."

Currently, the project only has a small centre in the High Street in Saxmundham with limited opening hours, but plans are underway to open a new centre in Church Road.

If planning permission is given a brand new building will be erected on the empty land opposite the Somerfield car park, with the extra space allowing an even greater range of services to be provided.

If you are interested in becoming a CYDS trustee contact Chris Lee, project manager, on 01728 830716.

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