Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Charity Forced to Close; TOMORROW'S PEOPLE HAS RUN OUT OF FUNDING FOR PROJECTS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Charity Forced to Close; TOMORROW'S PEOPLE HAS RUN OUT OF FUNDING FOR PROJECTS

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Byline: IAN ROBSON Reporter ian.robson@trinitymirror.com

A CHARITY operating in Newcastle and Blyth helping young people find employment has been forced to close.

Tomorrow's People says it has run out of money to continue its work.

Management are trying to find other organisations who will be able to step in to provide similar help.

A spokeswoman for the charity said the decision to shut down happened a year after they had helped more youngsters than ever before.

She said: "With deep sadness we announce that Tomorrow's People will be closing.

"Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to raise enough money to sustain our vital work.

"In the last year we have helped more young people than ever before, with a greater success rate and at lower cost.

"This was intended to be the platform to grow our work and reach many more disadvantaged young people.

"We are saddened that we will no longer be able to deliver this much needed and effective service across the UK.

"We want to thank everyone who has supported us and we are tremendously proud of everything we have achieved together over more than 30 years."

Tomorrow's People said they had tried to empower young people who've grown up without hope and give them the confidence and the skills to find work, realise their potential, and value themselves.

They had ambitious plans to help 35,000 young people into work by 2022 through a network of youth hubs.

The charity said fundraising had been tough in recent years and there had been a significant reduction in the money available from public and private sources.

Attempts had been made to modernise fundraising, the charity said, but they did not work as well as it had been hoped.

The spokeswoman said: "During 2017, our general fundraising efforts did not pay off as we hoped, and in recent months we tried to bring in emergency fundraising and reduce our overheads to try and stay afloat. …

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