A woman whose life was turned upside down after being ‘angry and mean’ as a child said she hoped companies would come forward to help the organization after funding was cut. Now 25, Jade Wass attended Base 51 Youth Service when she was 11 and has now gone into great detail about why the work they do is so important.
She’s not the only one wanting to report the situation, as business owners and youth workers have spoken of the significant fundraising they are doing to save Base 51 after the announcement last year. that the youth service would face £360,0000. of cuts.
He now holds open houses and tries to get corporate donations through networks to secure his future. Base 51 offers a range of services from counselling, employability support, gym sessions that cost just 50p and more.
Jade is now a marketing assistant for youth service and says she is a good example of the importance of services such as Base 51. She talked about how her life could have been different if she hadn’t attended sessions there.
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“I came here when I was younger, [I was] really angry and naughty, I went to the seances and youth counseling,” she explained. “Base 51 is a safe place and one of the only safe places for some of the people who come here.
Jade won a Rising Star award in 2017. “Without Base 51 I could have taken different paths, you just need this place; young people are so crucial. I learned about the loss of funding from a press article and I cried.
“It’s just a building for some people, but it’s my childhood, it’s my family, it would be heartbreaking if it went away.” Jade even named her daughter after one of the youth leaders.
Last year Base 51 launched a ‘Nottingham Children In Crisis’ appeal as part of their fundraising attempts next year to raise £190,000 to ensure their services are not cut. Jason Langmoor, a youth worker, has been at Base 51 since January.
Jason, who has worked with young people in the past, said: “I will currently be running sessions for young people on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, it will be a place to sit down and get free food and drink in the company of young people. ‘other people. We’re also working with Studio One to try to reach hard-to-reach kids on the streets with free music sessions, which is like a golden carrot.
“If you look at what this building is, it’s a safe place and without that there’s a loss of a massive support system for young people. People come to me, I get the help they need and it’s a brilliant thing we all do.
On March 23 and 24, Base 51 hosted a public open house, a chance to tell people what their service does as well as a tour and opportunity to meet and network with others. Martin Barnett, managing director of Treat Kitchen, a confectionery in Nottingham, is also deputy chairman of the Base 51 board.
Along with Jess Barnett, he supported Base 51 in its fundraising efforts. He said: “Over the past 2 months we have taken marketing out of our own business and brought him to work at Base 51.
“We have made content, videos and we have products dedicated to the Outburst programme. There is an unprecedented increase in young people using this service and Covid has left many children deprived of the social aspects of life. has 14, 15 and 16 years old who must make the adult decision to make decisions.
Base 51 has created a donation menu which means anyone can donate as little as £10 which sponsors 15 minutes of crisis support, the amount a person or company can donate up to £40,000 . The Treat Kitchen will be hosting a Base 51 week from March 21 to March 27 to create as much content and promotion for the charity.
Martin went on to say, “After 30 years of service, people need Base 51 more than ever. Early intervention takes the pressure off CAMHS and the youth justice system. The system is ready to prevent a pothole to prevent an accident but is not ready to protect children and I think children are more important. Soon they will be a legacy of unsupported youth and do you have the conscience to allow that to happen? I do not know.”
Jo Jepson, CEO of Base 51, explained that she felt more optimistic for the future, she said: “It’s been very busy finding new sources of funding, but it’s definitely been worth it. There’s a great team, they’re passionate and I’m hopeful and really optimistic Our goal is to engage with local businesses looking for a CSR (corporate social responsibility) partner and that would be the good place.”
On weekends, at the AYUP Market, located in Market Square, the Treat Kitchen will have a booth to further support Base 51.