Youth Support Team expanding

HORSHAM district’s Youth Support Team (YST) is expanding into more rural areas.

The team’s management committee is keen to grow the YST project across the district, increasing its presence outside of towns and villages.

Since the scheme’s launch in 2006, the number of incidents relating to anti-social behaviour on Friday evenings in Horsham park has decreased.

Roger Arthur (Con, Chactonbury), Horsham District Council cabinet member for a Safer and Healthier District, said: “I am delighted with the expansion of the Youth Support Team and that the scheme has been a success in the Horsham Park area.

“I look forward to seeing the project supporting more young people in other parts of the Horsham district.”

The aim of YST is to engage and support young people.

Trained youth volunteers help young people to make informed choices on a range of issues such as alcohol, drugs, sexual health, exercise and healthy eating. The

It is stated the success of the project is due to its multi-agency, partnership approach, including West Sussex County Council Youth Support Development Service, Horsham District Community Safety Partnership, Horsham District Council, Anglican Diocese of Chichester and Horsham Matters Ltd.

For more information contact Clare Ebelewicz, senior youth and older persons officer at Horsham District Council, at clare.ebelewicz@horsham.gov.uk.