Fareham-based charity the Moving On Project has received a £2,000 boost from the Blue Lamp Trust, an emergency service-backed charity which exists to promote community safety throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The project offers free, confidential support to young people aged 11-25 in the Fareham and Gosport areas.
In the past 20 years the work of the Moving On project has reached thousands of young people with their services, supporting them in their education and progression to adult life.
The donation received from the Blue Lamp Trust will enable the charity to provide young victims of crime with a place to get counselling.
Blue Lamp Trust trustee, Colin Langdown, presented volunteers of the project with the £2,000 cheque at the X-perience Youth Centre in Trinity Street, Fareham.
Mr Langdown said: ‘We are delighted to support a charity, which makes such a difference to young people’s lives in this area.
‘It is an excellent and long-running organisation, which fully deserves this grant from The Blue Lamp Trust.’
With the Office of National Statistics saying that young people aged 16-24 are more likely to be victims of crime than any other age group, the need to support them is more in demand than ever.
Project manager at Moving On, Lynne Martin, said: ‘We aim to help young people who are looking at suicide and help them rebuild their lives.
‘We help them get involved with their community.’
This is one of many grants given by The Blue Lamp Trust to community organisations, which are working towards reducing crime, the fear of crime and the risk of fire in the county.
Youth councillor Sayeeda Nur said: ‘The work Moving On Project is doing is excellent and the number of young people they help is amazing.’
For more information about the work the Moving On Project is doing to support young people visit the-mop.org or phone 01329 822331.