Launch of Oldham service to help young people facing abuse in the family brings community and professionals together

Most of those attending were representing schools, local charities, youth groups and other community organisations.  Several people came who had faced abuse issues in their past and wanted to show their support for the service.

They listened to presentations led by project Support Workers Ruhena and Tammy who spoke about the functions of the project and who the service can help – including young people at risk of forced marriage.

Ruth Francis Senior Support Worker spoke about the importance of Children in Need funding and how it had allowed the service, previously the Vulnerable Young Womens’ Project to help even more people facing abuse, including young men.

A particularly inspiring moment was when Becky, a former client, stood up to talk about the help she had received and that she was now volunteering to help involve more of those like her in the running of the service.

Jason McKenna, Threshold Community-based Services Manager said: "The launch event on Tuesday really captured the spirit of the Moving Forward service and how it can bring community groups and organisations together, raising awareness of some very sensitive and difficult issues.  We have now received several invitations to speak about the service and the issues covered in schools and colleges.  This will be an enormous help to young people who maybe experiencing abuse and are not sure where to turn.”

A local Oldham service that helps and supports young people affected by abuse held its official launch event on Tuesday 8th October.  Around fifty attendees crammed into Aksa House on Medtia Square for the Moving Forward launch, a service funded by BBC’s Children in Need.

Most of those attending were representing schools, local charities, youth groups and other community organisations.  Several people came who had faced abuse issues in their past and wanted to show their support for the service.

They listened to presentations led by project Support Workers Ruhena and Tammy who spoke about the functions of the project and who the service can help – including young people at risk of forced marriage.

Ruth Francis Senior Support Worker spoke about the importance of Children in Need funding and how it had allowed the service, previously the Vulnerable Young Womens’ Project to help even more people facing abuse, including young men.

A particularly inspiring moment was when Becky, a former client, stood up to talk about the help she had received and that she was now volunteering to help involve more of those like her in the running of the service.

Jason McKenna, Threshold Community-based Services Manager said: "The launch event on Tuesday really captured the spirit of the Moving Forward service and how it can bring community groups and organisations together, raising awareness of some very sensitive and difficult issues.  We have now received several invitations to speak about the service and the issues covered in schools and colleges.  This will be an enormous help to young people who maybe experiencing abuse and are not sure where to turn.”

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