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Centre featured on TV show set to close
6:00pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
A youth advice centre that received help from TV show The Secret Millionaire is closing down due to a lack of funds.
The Safe + Sorted centre in Moulsecoomb featured on the Channel 4 show in 2010 and was given about £25,000 by Secret Millionaire Bradley Reback.
But now the centre, which offers free information, advice, guidance and support to young people aged 10-25, is being forced to close at the end of the month.
Pippa Green, manager of the centre, said: “The closure of our centre is tragic for this community.
“Some of these young people don’t even leave the area and rely on us to give them stability.
“Sometimes people don’t even know what they’re coming in for – they just feel lonely and want to talk and get inspiration from people who have had different life experiences.
“We tell them how they can empower themselves as well as supporting them on anything from relationships and substances to housing and benefits. It’s going to be a real concern.”
Miss Green said the centre needs about £50,000 every six months to stay open, which covers staff wages and most overheads.
Despite receiving donations from the local authority and individual supporters, it’s not enough to keep the centre open.
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesperson said: “Safe + Sorted was set up with National Lottery funding to provide advice in Moulsecoomb, but when that funding ran out we provided a one-year grant which is now running out.
“This was a decision made in agreement with Sussex Central YMCA and we are working on a plan to ensure young people in this area have the advice and support services they need.”