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Weʼre raising £120,000 to help young people to go from being unemployed to get the skills that they need to find a rewarding job or even start their own business.

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We help young people in your community to go from being unemployed or unemployable to get the skills that they need to find a rewarding job or start their own business. So far we have supported more than 4,000 people, but we need your help to do more.

I am Danny Barnes, the CEO of AY Group. Having had to overcome major problems in my life, I know too well how important it is to get the right support at the right time. I have been in prison myself, I have been in gangs and I have been homeless. My sister died of leukaemia at 14, I grew up not knowing my mum. Because of this, I am able to engage with young people and I know exactly what they are going through.

At AY, we work with juvenile ex-offenders, drug dealers, gang members, young people in care, and pupil referral units. We provide a one to one assessment of their skills and skill gaps, we provide them IT, English and Math training, we help them write their CV and, finally, apply for a job or get working experience with us. I always recognise talent when I see it, so I already helped some of them starting their own business.

In Hammersmith & Fullam the unemployment rate is among the lowest in London (3.5%), but poverty is nonetheless a big problem: around a third of its population experiences it, more than the average in London. It only gained a few new affordable homes between 2013 and 2016, and even the cheapest rents are more expensive than in most other boroughs. Premature mortality is worse in Hammersmith & Fulham than in any other borough.

We aim to expand and create a youth centre to become a One-Stop-Shop, which will seek out the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and help them to change their life for the better.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said that more than 600 youth centres closed and nearly 139,000 youth service places were lost in the UK between 2012 and 2016. Central government funding for children and young people’s services has fallen by £2.4bn since 2010, and LGA analysis shows that a further £3bn will be needed by 2025 just to maintain services at their current levels.

This is why we need your help to deliver our services and keep having a positive impact in your community.

www.ay-group.org

office@ay-group.org

Registered Community Interest Company No. 9734934

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