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Youth charity left £37,000 in debt ready to relaunch

PUBLISHED: 16:11 17 April 2018

Colin Lang has taken over running of Yarmouth charity Anchorage Trust and is preparing to relaunch the charity. Picture: Nick Butcher

Colin Lang has taken over running of Yarmouth charity Anchorage Trust and is preparing to relaunch the charity. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A charity which found itself in £37,000 of debt is preparing to relaunch.

The East Anglia Anchorage Trust, which helps house vulnerable young people in Great Yarmouth, reported itself to regulators last year, with the founder and six trustees resigning.

The charity very nearly collapsed, but under the guidance of new chief executive, Colin Lang MBE, the trust has rebuilt itself over and is now ready to relaunch.

Mr Lang said he took the charity “underground” while it regrouped, but the charity carried on with its core work supporting young homeless people.

Now, the trust is in the position to return to the public eye with an entirely new board of “very good people”.

Mr Lang said: “It’s important now that we come out and tell the people that we are still here, we are still doing good work with the youngsters getting them off the streets and supporting them.”

The trust will be spreading the word at a ‘New year, New us’ buffet at East Norfolk Sixth Form in Gorleston on Thursday.

More than 200 people are expected to attend and the charity will be talking visitors through their plans for the future, with their new brand and website due to relaunch on the evening.

Mr Lang: “There will be young people there that we have helped who will explain their stories and it will be a good opportunity for me to share what we will be doing in 2018.”

The issue of homelessness is growing across the region and nationally, with an apparent lack of consensus on how best to tackle the problem.

Mr Lang said homelessness could never be completely eradicated.

He said: “The government has put some money in, it’s not enough, but it’s a gesture. I would like to think the £155,000 the council have been given will be used wisely.

“To kill homelessness in this country by 2022 is never going to happen. There will always be homelessness, some people choose to live that way, but we want to see everyone safe, secure and warm with a roof over their head at night.”

To find out more about the trust, visit their new website from April 19 at www.anchoragetrust.org.

To get involved with volunteering, email their new fundraiser at lucy.headland@anchoragetrust.org.

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