Chorley charity opens its doors to teens

pointing the way: R-Zone tutors Steph Illingworth, left, and Janet Lowe

pointing the way: R-Zone tutors Steph Illingworth, left, and Janet Lowe

First published in News Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A Chorley charity has opened its doors on Thursday evenings to help teenagers into work – and off the streets.

Youth organisation Rathbone, based in St George’s Street, has called the sessions the R-Zone.

The charity aims to make up for the short-fall in young people’s services caused by recent Government cuts.

The programme will contain advice on everything from staying healthy to avoiding being dragged into crime.

“Young people in our area have been very fortunate in the past to have had such great support from the careers service and others but the reality is, that service has shrunk” said Rathbone spokesperson, Peter Gibson.

“The R-Zone has stepped into that breach and will insure that some of the most disadvantaged will now receive that one-to-one support that can literally alter the course of their lives.”

Rathbone will be offering visitors to the R-Zone, open between 5pm and 8pm, the charity’s usual bread-and-butter diet of job hunting tips, including how to improve your CV.

But with a recent survey showing that 75 per cent of trainees with Rathbone nationally don’t eat a proper daily meal, skills like cookery are also on the menu.

Peter added: “There are a large number of unemployed young people in Chorley and South Ribble and you often see them spotted about, doing nothing and sometimes getting in trouble with police.

“There are people who want to change that situation and make helping youth their focus.

"The R-Zone will bring hope to young people and reassure residents, so get behind it.”

Running for two years, the R-Zone is backed by the European Social Fund.

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