Youth team offers cuppa and advice

A TRAVELLING youth team will be visiting Lakenheath to discuss the realities of drug and alcohol use with young people.

The team from the Matthew Project will be visiting a car park in the town every Thursday evening for the next 18 weeks.

The youth team focuses on ensuring that young people get the right information.

Young people can go and talk to members of the team about concerns involving drugs, alcohol, smoking and sexual health and have the opportunity to ask questions in a safe place.

A spokesman from the Matthew Project said: “Most young people start to know and hear a lot more about drugs and alcohol at the age of 14 so it’s best to start educating them from the age of 13 upwards.”

The team will take a converted caravan, called the Voicebox, to the car park next to the skate park on Undley Road to provide a pleasant environment for young people to have a chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit.

The Matthew Project says that this provides a treat for young people who might otherwise be hanging about with little to do.

It is the second year that the project has visited Lakenheath after receiving funding from Suffolk County Council.

Suffolk county councillor Colin Noble said: “I am delighted that through my Locality Funding I have been able to contribute to cost of the Matthew Project returning to Lakenheath to carry on their good work with young people in our community.”

The Matthew Project is a Norfolk and Suffolk-based charity which offers support to anyone affected by drugs or alcohol.

Last year, as well as offering advice and information, the group invited church groups and crime reduction officers to go along to improve community links.

The Voicebox will be in Lakenheath between 6.30pm and 8.30pm every Thursday.