We’re now open at 13 High Street Southampton!
Yesterday we celebrated the opening of our new City drop in centre on Southampton High Street. After months of planning, weeks of refurbishment, and the huge task of packing up and moving from our old centre on Bernard Street, it was great to welcome our first young people through our brand new doors.
Young people can come to the centre for information, advice, and support on any issues that they are facing – there’s no need to make an appointment. They can also see counsellors in our purpose-built counselling rooms. Yesterday we saw 14 young people who came for advice, 4 for counselling, 2 for our Work Club, and 4 who received support about drugs and alcohol from our DASH service.
Other facilities on offer include free internet use, telephones, shower and laundry facilities for young people who are homeless, pregnancy testing and chlamydia screening. We will be open at the High Street 6 days a week – you can find our opening hours here. The centre is in a central location and our bright green signs make us easy to spot!
The new centre has been made possible thanks to generous support from our patrons the Ex-Saints Association, CRASH, (a unique, practical charity addressing the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the construction and property industry) and the Garfield Weston Foundation (a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years.) In addition we have had lots of volunteers who have helped with our move, including the team at Waitrose in Portswood, and our friends at KPMG have donated furniture for the centre.
We expect to support around 1,200 young people at the High Street in its first year, and are excited about this new chapter in the No Limits journey.