AFTER a rocky couple of years a young people’s counselling service is looking more financially stable as it kicks off a huge volunteering drive.
Off The Record is a free counselling service for 11 to 25-year-olds across Portsmouth, Leigh Park, Fareham and East Hampshire.
Due to a huge reduction in funding from Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council there was a real fear that the charity – which is almost entirely run by volunteers – may have had to close.
Tina Randall is now so confident of keeping the charity going that a further 19 volunteers have been recruited.
She said: ‘We are seeing a lot of young people.
‘Despite our concerns of having to close Off The Record due to lack of financial support, the board, staff and volunteers are working hard to ensure the services continue to be available to support young people 11 to 25 for years to come.
‘We are exploring many ways to keep gaining support and would like to thank amongst others Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table, Portsmouth City Lions, Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council and Havant Borough Council for their faith in us by giving new and continuing support for our work.
‘Since the recent financial difficulties we have held our first volunteer recruitment training, Being A Volunteer.
‘There was 100 per cent attendance at the first training session.
‘This indicates to us people still want to be involved with the service.
‘We aim to have about 100 volunteers when the training finishes at the end of May with a further 19 volunteers to the rota.’
HMS Nelson hosted the training for Off The Record is it has adopted the charity for the year.
Tina said she was extremely grateful for their help.
If you would like further information about the service call (023) 9278 5999 or go to off-the-record.org.uk.
Further donations are still needed.
To donate go to justgiving.com/offtherecordsoutheasthampshire.