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The Mayor of Hastings has visited Hastings Young People’s Service (HYPS) to help its residents learn more about the community that they live in.
The Mayor, Councillor Kim Forward, was accompanied by the leader of Hastings Borough Council, Councillor Jeremy Birch and Councillor Andrew Cartwright when she visited HYPS. The councillors spoke to residents of the project about their hopes and aspirations, and how the project has helped them to move forward with their lives.
HYPS houses 31 young men and women from Hastings and St Leonard’s. The residential project provides young people with the support they need to access education, training and employment as well as the life skills necessary to sustain independent living.
Many of the residents had become disengaged from education and training. This event was important to help them to start to reconnect with their community and begin to feel a part of it.
What was really impressive was how the young people spoke to these civic leaders, and how they were able to share the positive activities they are now undertaking, including getting qualifications in hairdressing, motor mechanics, and other areas.
Andy Winter, BHT Chief Executive