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As we write this, the global impact of the Covid-19 virus has, as with most organisations and charities, had its effect on the gap*. The prevention of meeting with others in any context has stopped the Venue drop-in operating and with schools closed, any chances of face-to-face meetings are now not possible. This means that in order to keep going, we have to relook at the formats we might adopt and adapt so that the gap* can continue to offer a service to young people in need.
The gap* is already using Social Media in order to remain active as an on-line presence, working out ways of communicating with young people (with parents/guardians permission where appropriate) and continue supporting as best we can… We want to assure all those who support us in any way that we will be doing everything in our power to justify your continued support in the coming weeks and months. It will certainly require us being creative and resourceful, but with the support of the Trustees, the behind the scenes mechanics of our Fundraiser and a willingness to think and work outside of the box from our passionate, staff and volunteers, plus all of you who donate to the work of the gap*, We are confident that we will 'weather the storm' and come out strong on the other side whilst still holding to the ethos and principles of our organisation. As people of faith we believe God can make possible from what often seems impossible. Thank you for standing alongside us as we meet the challenges ahead.
What do young people think about The gap*?
"I always come back because it is consistent and I don't like change"
"Gap is my happy place and secure unit"
"A very sociable environment"
"Gap is my family."
"My enjoyment comes from the support... I always feel valued and when asked if I am okay I know it's genuine"
"Mentally supported through the hot chocolates- it gives a sense of warmth!"
The Venue is our drop-in centre for young people aged 13-19. It is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 3:30-5:30pm. It is a space where young people can come and hang out, meet others, chat, receive one free hot chocolate, play some games and access support.
Headspace is a support network for young people aged between 11-20 who may be experiencing issues with their mental health. Via our trained volunteers, we offer one to one sessions at times to suit them. The majority of this work happens in school. There is a referral process which can be found by clicking the button below.
The studio is based in the Venue and allows young people to explore their interest or passion for music. This can be through performing and having their music recorded, or learning how to use the equipment in a studio environment.