Every year Farnborough Rotary club awards a group or individual a vocational award.

This year it was awarded to the Source Cafe in Aldershot.

Farnborough Rotary Vocational Award

Richard Cooper and Sean Usher

Started in 2000 by youth worker Jo Emmett in response to the needs of local vulnerably-housed or homeless youths, The Source worked with local churches, voluntary groups and statutory agencies to establish a youth cafe’, offering a safe space free from drugs and alcohol for young people to meet in the evenings. The Source moved into its new fully equipped premises in 2007 with support from Rushmoor borough council.

Farnborough Rotary club presented the award and a cheque for £250

The centre is open to all young people, but it predominantly helps 10-25s who have problems at school, or are alone or homeless as a result of family breakdown.

The Source aims to create a positive environment where young people can feel empowered and trusted and able to form relationships with each other and with mentors, so that they can grow spiritually and personally and change their lives.

A key part of this comes from training young people to take responsibility for key roles, such as helping to run and manage the central cafe or an after-school club for younger children.

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