Lack of funding forces Norwich youth charity to reduce its services

The Base Community Trust, sited next door to the Hewett School. Picture: Georgia Dawson <work experi

The Base Community Trust, sited next door to the Hewett School. Picture: Georgia Dawson <work experience> - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2013

A youth charity has been forced to reduce a number of vital services because of a lack of funding.

The Base, which operates from the Hewett Academy, provides counselling and workshops for disadvantaged young people in the south of Norwich.

But problems securing funding has left the charity needing to scale back its services to enable it to continue.

Some of the services affected include its anger management workshops and one-to-one support sessions, which have been put on hold.

Next week the charity is inviting other partner organisations from across the city to look at ways to improve its situation.

Barry Payne, chairman of trustees, said: 'We want people to know we are looking at different ways in which we can move The Base forward. We are not going to be able to get back to the quantity of provision we had before, but we want to offer more in a slightly different way.'

Other services affected include the charity's popular social clubs, which will start a month later in October.

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Mr Payne hoped the charity would be able to work with other organisations to reinstate some of its sessions at a later date.

He added: 'The evidence is very clear. The young people find it invaluable and we have had a number of letters from parents asking us to ensure these services carry on.'

The charity provides support for young people aged 11 to 19 through various workshops and counselling sessions. It was officially opened in 2011 after it was identified that vulnerable young people and their families needed more support.

At its peak, the charity employed 10 people, but Mr Payne said it has now had to reduce its staff to three people working part-time.

He explained that the charity had received money through fundraising events and by applying for bids for specific projects.

'Now bids are harder to get,' he said. 'And fundraising has not achieved as much.'

Partner organisations are invited to meet at The Base on Thursday, September 15 at 5pm.

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