In September, funding will end for the CHAT Trust and unless we can raise money through crowdfunding, CHAT will close its doors and another use will need to be found for the building. This would be a huge shame as it would waste all the work that has been done to build links, trust, confidence and grassroots change within the community and scupper the progress that has been made to change the local environment. Without a dedicated youth service for this part of Newcastle, community tensions are likely to increase and a greater burden will be placed on local public services. But if we can show the strength of local support through a crowd funding campaign then we are more likely to get future funding to support CHAT's work.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
CHAT trust is the glue that holds together many youth networks in the Wingrove area. It takes years to build up trust with young people and in the time CHAT Trust has been working it has seen a number of young people go the full circle from attending the occasional drop-in session to becoming volunteers, staff and board members. This continuity is threatened by the issues currently dominating funders' priorities, which centre on dealing with hard-end cases such as substance dependency, long term unemployment and homelessness. But we also need preventative work, not least because solving problems once they occur is much more difficult, expensive and socially damaging than supporting people to manage issues themselves. This is why we are asking for support.
Steps to get it done:
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