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New Horizon Youth Centre’s 50th birthday celebrations began in style this morning as we hosted a breakfast launch event at the centre attended by media, special guests, partner agencies, young people we’ve supported and staff.

Our Chair Nick Hardwick hosted while speeches were given by Patron Jon Snow on his involvement with NHYC since 1970, Deputy Mayor for Housing James Murray, NHYC director Shelagh O’Connor and one of the young women we’ve supported as she’s moved from homelessness to a career in prison mentoring.

Guests were treated to tours of the centre by staff, seeing the multitude of services we provide for young people who are vulnerable and homeless. A slideshow of images from throughout NHYC’s history was accompanied by music created by our young people in the barn, whilst downstairs some of the people we currently support spoke to media and other attendees about their experience of homelessness, the specific factors that differentiate youth homelessness from rough sleeping, and how NHYC is helping them transform their lives.

Finally our website has been given a substantial facelift, with new and updated pages on all the services we offer, as well as specific information on how companies can support us and information for individual and corporate fundraisers.

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