Website offers drink and drug advice to Sunderland teens

sound advice: Helping with a new website to support Sunderland teenagers are Ashleigh Leadbitter, front, Stephanie Gordon, left, and Chloe Jenkins.
sound advice: Helping with a new website to support Sunderland teenagers are Ashleigh Leadbitter, front, Stephanie Gordon, left, and Chloe Jenkins.
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A NEW website has been launched in a bid to help troubled teens on Wearside.

The self-help site aims to support young people facing a range of problems, including drink, drug and sexual health issues, as well as seeking guidance and advice.

Volunteers at Springboard Sunderland and Pallion Action Community Group came up with its content as well as its design.

Brian Watson, volunteer development manager at the group, said: “As part of the project, volunteers have had to develop a Social Action Project. They began by researching the social and community needs of young people within their area.

“People raised concerns and issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, knife crime, eating disorders and racism.

“After a great deal of research, the group realised that there was a need for a more enhanced youth friendly website, which gives young people access to valuable information and advice to help address their concerns.”

It is hoped the website will help youngsters become more “community minded”, while improving personal and employment skills.

Brian said the volunteers meet at Pallion to develop skills and gain experience to ultimately help them find employment or go into training or further education.

“There is advice on the website about how to get into volunteering and the personal experiences of those who set it up,” he said. “There is a lot of information on there as well as useful contacts.

“Pretty much everything has come from the young people. They have been involved in it from start to finish.

“We think it will be a big success.”

The new website – which was developed at part of the Helping and Educating Lifeline Project, 24/24 and V groups – can be found at www.pallionactiongroup.co.uk.

Springboard Sunderland is based at 1 to 3 Rivergreen Industry Centre, Pallion. For more information about the service, call 564 0291.

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