YOUTH work in the Horsham District continues to grow thanks to the local communities who pledged to support services for young people last year.

It’s been a great start to the initiative with professionals and communities welcoming the new community youth workers employed by Horsham Matters.

Some examples of the youth work now taking place include youth clubs set up in Broadbridge Heath, Ashington, Pulborough and Steyning, along with a ‘Youth Café’ in Upper Beeding.

Alcohol awareness lessons have been run at Steyning Grammar School with help from some of the youth workers and romance academies are being planned for a number of areas, raising awareness of sexual health.

The five neighbourhood and parish groups started working together last year to provide support for young people in the District, in the shape of full-time and substantial part-time community youth workers employed to carry out this important work. 

The new community youth work plans have been realised thanks to significant partnership working, supported by Horsham District Council. 

Cllr Sue Rogers, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Healthier District, said:

"What the Horsham Matters’ youth workers have achieved for the young people in our District is really outstanding. It is really encouraging to see groups of councils working together for the benefit of the young people in their communities. Another benefit of working with a local charity is that it has enabled additional funding to be raised for young people’s activities.

"In these financial times, it is more important than ever to come up with new and fresh ideas to continue to support young people and the ideas that are being put into practice are very exciting and I look forward to seeing how this scheme progresses throughout the District.”

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