South Tyneside project teaches youngsters to avoid abusive relationships

From left:  Project Coordinator Billy Spours; Coun Pat Hay; Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, Project Coordinator Jane Slesser and Mayoress Patricia Porthouse
From left: Project Coordinator Billy Spours; Coun Pat Hay; Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, Project Coordinator Jane Slesser and Mayoress Patricia Porthouse

A new project to educate young people across South Tyneside about abusive relationships has been launched.

Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse helped to officially launch Relationship Works, which aims to help young people recognise and avoid abusive situations.

The project recently secured £416,000.00 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.

“It was a privilege to be asked to help celebrate the launch of this new project,” said Coun Porthouse.

“The safety of our young people is absolutely paramount and it is reassuring to know they get advice and support with relationships.

“I wish the project every success and hope it goes from strength to strength as it works with young people across South Tyneside.”

Relationship Works, based in Ocean Road Community Association, provides young people with advice about family and sexual relationships through drop-in sessions and educational intervention at schools.

Project co-ordinator Jane Slesser added: “We were honoured to have the mayor and mayoress officially launch our project.

“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.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Relationship Works should phone 0191 423 0789.