Kit Malthouse Visits Andover Youth ProjectKit Malthouse, North West Hampshire MP, has visited youth drop in and accommodation project Alabare Christian Care and Support.

The Andover based centre helped 1,898 young people last year, out of which 78 secured accommodation, 75 engaged in education and 63 undertook paid work.

They have also recently been awarded a tender by Hampshire Council to house young people in Test Valley.

Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, said: “I couldn’t help but notice how dedicated the team at Alabare are. They need credit for changing the lives of hundreds if not thousands of young people, some of who I had the pleasure of meeting. These guys need a bit of help and a hand up in life, sometimes they’re homeless, suffering from drugs and alcohol issues, or they may have learning disabilities. It’s the real life stuff like help with how to write a CV, guidance on paying bills or finding emergency housing that is improving their lives.”

“It’s heartening to see this work thriving at a grassroots level. Back in Government, I will continue to work for specific measures that will further help our youngsters, whether its creating more apprenticeships or making it easier for businesses to create jobs by cutting their taxes further.”

Amber Rose, 21, from Ludgershall said: “I was kicked out of home when I was 18, Alabare helped me with food and support when I was on the streets. It’s a really good place, the staff are easy to talk to, and they’ve definitely helped me a lot. I’m now living back at my mum’s, I’m doing an art and music award, and I’ve just recorded a song. It was really nice to see our MP taking the time to come in and talk to us. The project deserves his support.”

Vanessa Bedford, Care and Support Manager at Alabare, said: “It was good to welcome Kit to our drop in and accommodation project in Andover and showcasing the work that we are doing for young people in conjunction with Hampshire council.”

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