Well-respected Macclesfield charity, Just Drop-In (JDI), has celebrated another successful year supporting local young people, and was joined by local MP, David Rutley, for it's Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently.
David, who is JDI's Patron, gave the opening remarks at the AGM, highlighting the inspiring work that the charity's volunteers and staff have undertaken over the past year, and the important contribution that this has made in the lives of so many local young people, and within the wider community. He also caught up with JDI's leadership team, including Chair of Trustees John Stephens, Chief Officer Ann Wright, and Volunteer and Services Co-ordinator Faye Nield, to learn more about plans to further help improve young people’s emotional and mental health and to assist young teenagers.
The charity works to support young people aged between 12 and 25, providing counselling, support and information, as well as building important life skills such as budgeting and cookery through its regular 'My Pad' classes. All of the services made available at the charity are intended to help young people 'find their feet'. Over the past year, JDI's over 60-strong volunteer and staff team has provided 630 young people with face-to-face counselling and support services, over 3653 sessions.
JDI was first set up in 2001 as an initiative of Macclesfield Churches Together, (now Hope In North East Cheshire) and has gone from strength to strength since then.
Speaking after the AGM, David said, "It was great to join volunteers and staff at Just Drop-In to reflect on another successful year for this remarkable organisation. The charity continues to provide a vital service for many local young people, not just in terms of counselling but also helping them with key skills, improving their life chances as a result. Anyone who would like to get involved with the charity's services can drop-in to its premises on Duke Street, or go to www.justdropin.co.uk, to learn more."