Deprived East End kids offered a helping hand on the streets

TEENAGERS and young adults are being approached on the streets of London’s deprived East End by volunteers offering them a helping hand.’ The volunteers are targeting disadvantaged youngsters between 16 and 25 with advice and offers of training and education

By Gemma Collins

TEENAGERS and young adults are being approached on the streets of London’s deprived East End by volunteers offering them a helping hand.’

The volunteers are targeting disadvantaged youngsters between 16 and 25 with advice and offers of training and education.

The Lifetrack’ project aims to help young adults decide what they want to do with their lives and improve their chances of a career.

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“We want to take them away from negative behaviour and influences and inspiring them into becoming the person they want to be,” explained Lifetrack’s Selina Rahman.

“We can be there every step of the way—even if things don’t go to plan, if it’s going back to school, applying for a job or college.”

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The project, run by East End youth charities including YouthNet, Rathbone, Skill and The Foyer Federation is being paid for with a �5 million cash handout from the Vodafone Foundation and �1.5m from the National Young Volunteers Service.