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Fury as funding is axed for youth drop-in centre

PUBLISHED: 18:36 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 25 August 2010

Bexley
28-04-08
Youth Project, Tavy Bridge, Thamesmead
Youth Project Centre may have to close
Roy Gisby

Bexley 28-04-08 Youth Project, Tavy Bridge, Thamesmead Youth Project Centre may have to close Roy Gisby

A drop-in centre for young people in one of the country s poorest areas has had its funding cut from the council.

A drop-in centre for young people in one of the country's poorest areas has had its funding cut from the council.

The Thamesmead Youth Awareness Project's drop-in centre at Tavey Bridge, Thamesmead had its funding from Bexley council pulled.

Now, the charity is using its savings, usually used for staff redundancies, to keep the drop-in centre open until the end of June.

Service manager Roy Gisby said: "Last week alone we helped one person with mental health difficulties who was supported while she had an abortion. A teenage boy was self-harming and we supported him and his mum and we had a child protection issue.

"Services run for young people should be professional not piecemeal. People want us. It is silly and short-sighted to close us down. The need here is so great we have had to keep it open. It is vital for the area for the reason that it is a trusted project and young people trust it."

A spokesperson for Bexley council said its Youth Strategy Group developed a panel budget process this year where 36 bids were received and 11 'innovative and cost-effective' projects from across Bexley were selected for the current year.

They said: "The TYAP is well regarded and the council will continue to work with TYAP to find alternative resources."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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