Project aims to keep young people safe from abusive relationships

left to right; Project Coordinator Billy Spours, Councillor Pat Hay, The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, Project Coordinator Jane Slesser and the Mayoress Patricia Porthouse
left to right; Project Coordinator Billy Spours, Councillor Pat Hay, The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, Project Coordinator Jane Slesser and the Mayoress Patricia Porthouse

A new project for young people has been launched in South Tyneside after receiving Lottery funding.

Named Relationship Works, the project which the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, helped to officially launch, aims to support and inform young people to help them recognise and avoid abusive and manipulative relationships.

The project, based in Ocean Road Community Association, secured £416,000 from the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund, which will enable it to deliver one-to-one interventions and group work to young people over a four-year period.

The Mayor said: “It was a privilege to be asked to help celebrate the launch of this new project. The safety of our young people is absolutely paramount and it is reassuring to know they get advice and support with relationships.

Relationship Works provides young people with advice about family and sexual relationships through drop-in sessions and educational intervention at schools, to educate teenagers about healthy relationships.

Jane Slesser, Project Coordinator of Relationship Works, added: “The funding from the National Lottery gives us the opportunity to help young people across the Borough keep themselves and others safe, while benefiting from positive relationships throughout their lives.”

“The project will work effectively with young men and women as well as offer support and information to teachers, carers and parents to help them understand young people’s relationships and what they can do to help.”