The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Jacqui Rayment, has chosen three charities to support in her mayoral year. Any monies raised will be given to the charities at the end of her term of office. All charities are local and very relevant for Southampton.
Naomi Davis, Chair of City Reach states:
"City Reach Youth Project have worked in Central Southampton for over 30 years. We firmly believe in the important role that good quality open access youth provision has in the development and well-being of children, young people, and their communities.
"Each week we offer five free, open access youth sessions in Northam, providing a safe space for children and young people to relax, have fun, develop confidence, and make new friends. Over 200 children and young people aged 5 and above are registered to our project, coming from across the central area and further afield.
"We are run by a dedicated voluntary committee, and our sessions are delivered by experienced and qualified youth workers from a purpose-built youth centre with an outdoor sports space in the heart of Northam. We offer sports, arts and crafts, music, access to games and toys, and a regular programme of sessions which cover age-appropriate health and wellbeing topics.
"Our service also provides children, young people and their families with access to one-2-one support, advice, signposting and referrals as our team have extensive current knowledge of safeguarding and local services, and are able to signpost or refer to other specialist provision as required.
"We also encourage young people and adults to volunteer with in our project. Our project as well has teamed up with Canford School Society in Wimborne for the last 21 years, where they have supported the young people with residential weekends away and camping trips at their school. We also are supported by Northam Link and local businesses."
Southampton Street Pastors are a non-evangelical expression of church which offers reassurance, safety and support through listening, caring and helping all those they meet. The trained and uniformed volunteers patrol at night on Fridays and Saturdays until around 4am in Southampton city centre assisting those that are vulnerable, injured, suffering a mental health crisis or unwell through alcohol/drugs. The street pastors will check on and stay with people that are vulnerable, particularly women, ensuring they get home safely or are reunited with friends. We are also adept at calming tense situations, often deploying our secret weapon - the humble ‘fruit pastille’ which, over the years, has prevented innumerable fights and altercations.
We also patrol around Shirley High Street, Lordshill and Millbrook on a Saturday evening, chatting with local people and interacting with groups of young people. Through the afternoons on Tuesdays to Thursdays you will see the teams patrolling through the city centre particularly looking out for homeless people, assessing their concerns and need and ensuring they have access to the appropriate support services and letting them know they are not forgotten. Street pastors also patrol around the outskirts of two secondary and primary schools in the city helping to ensure the pupils reach buses and homes safely, chatting to pupils and parents in and around the parks, being there to hear about their day and sometimes their troubles.
Since May 2009 the street pastors have volunteered over 67,200 hours with a growing team of about 140 volunteers who take great joy in expressing their Christian faith by offering a presence that is relied upon by Police, door staff, paramedics, city officials and communities throughout the city.
Southampton Hospitals Charity
Southampton Hospitals Charity aims to enhance the world class care provided at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. We support patient outcomes through advancing research and funding state-of-the-art equipment that goes over and above the NHS provision. In addition, we raise funds in support of capital projects that improve the hospital environment for staff and patients.