Who are we?
Off The Record is a youth charity covering Bath and North East Somerset and beyond.
What do we do?
In 2020, we provided over 35,000 sessions to young people from ages 10-25 with our extensive array of support projects, which are all entirely free of charge.
For those going through traumatic experiences such as family breakdown, our advocacy team protects children thrown into situations that they will struggle to navigate alone, such as being removed from their families and placed into the care system.
For those at breaking point, having been dealing with painful circumstances or serious mental health conditions alone, our counselling and listening support team is a welcome out-stretched hand, providing confidential sessions in a comfortable setting to turn around a young person’s outlook.
And for those who want to change the world around them, our participation team works to involve young people in meaningful projects that contribute to our community, to help give them purpose and the support bubble we all need.
The effects of Covid-19 have seen young people needing our services more than ever.
For instance, we have seen a 40% increase in referrals compared to this time last year, particularly relating to self-harm, suicidal thoughts and family relationships.
Our counsellors have picked up extra shifts, our project leaders have constantly adapted and continued to deliver their services, our whole team has worked harder than ever to keep Off The Record helping as many people as possible through the pandemic.
Why we need your help
It is this sharp increase in demand, paired with the way the pandemic has severely impacted our ability to fundraise, that has led to us reaching out to our supporters in this way.
The future is uncertain for many small charities right now, and we want to make sure all our services are here in full capacity to support the young people who need us.
You can help us ensure our services stay available and free of charge.
Please support us
This Crowdfunder is for Off The Record. It is for the young people we serve. It is for our communities, our families, our friends. It is for keeping all our services entirely free of charge to those who need them. It is for getting us through each lockdown, so our doors might re-open and stay open once this pandemic is finally behind us.