Transitions UK launches Aspire 100 Campaign to help vulnerable young people in Hertfordshire
2nd January 2018
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Transitions UK is a charity dedicated to helping young people with learning disabilities as well as those with mental health and emotional issues. As part of the 100 Campaign, the charity is asking 100 local firms for monthly donations, ranging from £10 to £100.

The money raised will fund the Aspire Project which launches on 18 November in Hertfordshire, in association with Hertfordshire Police. David Lloyd, Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has already pledged his support. The Aspire project will help young people who are most at risk of offending, and ensure they receive the support they so desperately need.

Ron Overton, Chief Executive and Founder of Transitions UK, said: “There are chronic and deepening issues among young people in our society. Disturbingly, we hear very little about their sense of hopelessness and their need for support. There are particular groups who are even more disadvantaged and there are shocking statistics about the issues facing our children and grandchildren today.”

“For instance, just one percent of young people are in care – yet a staggering 61% of girls and 33% of boys in youth offending institutions have a background in care. Two percent of the population have a learning disability and struggle disproportionately with bullying, poverty, ill-health and a lack of choice and opportunity.

“Self-harm and suicide are also major issues - only recently, a UK study found that self-harm among teenage girls rose by 68% in three years. Furthermore our young people are increasingly being diagnosed with anxiety and depression.”

“Not enough is being done. Transitions UK aims to challenge this situation and open up opportunities for young people across the county,” continued Ron.

Since its launch three years ago, Transitions UK has been busy helping people aged 14 – 25 who are most at risk in society. The charity, which has its headquarters in Luton, was recently nominated as Luton Town FC’s Charity of the Year. It has also received vital funding from BBC’s Children in Need and boasts former British Commonwealth and European Lightweight Boxing Champion and IBO World Light Welterweight Champion, Billy Schwer, as one of its patrons.

If your business would like to get involved in changing young lives in your community, please contact Transitions UK at or on tel 01582 380620.

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