FYP Youth Charity ( see www.fyp.org.uk) supports teenagers and young adults (aged 11 to 25) in Folkestone and Hawkinge with access to a variety of activities that help develop their life skills and improve their chances of finding work, whilst supporting their mental health and special learning needs such as Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD. Experienced teams, led by dedicated youth workers, deliver workshops, provide one to one consultation and train young leaders each week during term time. Environments are safe, fun and vibrant and provide an opportunity to engage with peers, access support and gain a real sense of belonging.
FYP Youth Charity was founded in 2014 by professionally qualified youth workers Dave and Hayley Berry. Whilst the project is inclusive to young people of all backgrounds, the couple bring their Christian ethos into their work. They have a strong desire to positively impact individual lives through providing consistency of provision and appropriate support, with a genuine focus on investing in the lives of young people.
The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has made contributions specifically to FYP’s Rec Detach Project at Canterbury Road Recreation Ground and to the charity’s Loft Hangout project, which meets weekly during term time at the Harbour Church Hall in Folkestone. This project provides a supportive space for young adults, aged 17-25, to share problems that are affecting their mental health and to build life and social skills and has helped many young adults feel accepted into their community and reach their full potential.
The funding from RDHCT has expanded what the charity can offer at the group, by linking with other agencies and inviting them to come and speak, delivering workshops including CV writing, interview techniques, and healthy cooking on a budget. Young people who attend have aspired to start their own businesses having learned new skills, such as jewellery making and fixing mobile phones.
FYP can be followed on FaceBook via @fypcharity
The image above shows FYP participants on a 2019 visit to the Houses of Parliament, which encouraged some of them to register to vote for that year’s General Election.