Freedom Street - Helping to Keep Young People Safe
We were impressed with the work of Freedom Street and the huge impact that they have on the lives of young people in St Helier. We felt that it was important to support this project as it demonstrates the positive impact that a well organised and well run voluntary service can have in our community.
We are donating £2000.00 per year for the next three years in the hope of providing some security of the work being carried out.
Freedom Street was launched by Freedom Church Jersey in May 2013. The aim of the project is to support the Island’s young people, through the provision of street-based youth work.
Staffed by trained volunteers, the work of Freedom Street involves connecting, engaging and building relationships with young people in town, with the aim of bringing support and keeping young people safe and informed. On a practical level, the teams give out bottles of water, glow sticks and torches for winter nights, administer emergency First Aid, signpost young people to other support agencies, carry a limitless supply of Chupa Chups and take time to listen and engage, with the aim of inspiring hope and bringing a positive influence.
The work of Freedom Street is primarily based in the town area of St Helier, and the project runs every Saturday night, but teams will also work at other times, as needed.
Sarah Hawthornthwaite, Freedom Street Team Leader said:
'Freedom Street very much values the support that it has received from the Bosdet Foundation. The grant that we have received will enable us to continue to fund the project for the next two years. We know that the work that we undertake with young people has a really positive impact, both upon the lives of the individuals that we work with, and the community as a whole, and it’s great that the Bosdet Foundation has been able to support us.'