What do we want to do?
The Children's Society are raising £5000 to replace the contents of our stolen van, which helps us support young people in Essex.
Why do we need help?
Last week our Essex Young People's Drug & Alcohol Service (EYPDAS), had their van stolen. The van is used to get out and about and meet young people who might otherwise not receive the advice and support they need. It's used for street work, meeting young people directly, and a team of volunteers had been assmebled to take the van into Brentwood once a fortnight to speak to young people facing drug and alcohol issues.
The theft of this dedicated mobile information unit is a bitter blow and has thrown a huge spanner in the works of our summer outreach programme, to give much needed advice and support to young people across the county. While the van itself is insured it could be some time before we’re able to buy a replacement. We urgently need to replace the contents, which included educational drugs boxes, a gazebo, tables, chairs, a TV and sporting equipment. We need this to allow us to go out and do what we do best - supporting young people.
Chris Pegley, senior project worker at The Children’s Society in the East of England, explains on BBC Essex why the van is so important (22 mins)
Please, help in any way you can.