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Gullands switched on to local youth services

Paul Burbidge is a trustee and provides advice on legal issues such as leases to Switch Café, an innovative community project in Maidstone.

Over the last 18 months Switch has had over 11,500 visits from young people using the Café and has become an integral part of the network of activities and support for teenagers across the town.

“The over-riding mission of Switch is to help young people have positive and healthy lifestyles and enjoy and achieve as much as possible, especially in their teenage years,” explained Paul.

Switch recently announced a significant expansion of the support for young people being provided from its High Street premises. The Connexions Princes Trust Team Programme, Street Pastors and a new Switch Youth Health Centre will in future be using Switch for their projects.

With numerous initiatives also being run or supported at other venues around Maidstone Switch is looking to further expand but to do so it needs assistance from the local business community.

“Support from business for the donation of services and equipment and individuals to act as trustees or volunteers is always needed,” said Paul. “Enquiries would be welcomed from anyone interested in supporting Switch in these ways.”

“Currently we need storage space – a dry barn on a farm would be great – and we would really like some commercial sponsors.”

Switch Youth Café and the Switch Health Centre are located at 34 High Street, Maidstone – down the alley opposite Chicago Rock.  As part of its services the Youth Café is open after school Tuesday to Friday and daytimes during Saturdays and in school holidays.

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