Move to tackle problem teens

PUBLISHED: 16:14 31 May 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

A drop-in centre is being opened in Ely to help parents deal with troublesome teenagers. The initiative is being launched by Ely s churches and spearheaded by the Rev Alan Partridge from St Peter s Church, who is also chaplain at Ely Community College. Fr

A drop-in centre is being opened in Ely to help parents deal with troublesome teenagers.

The initiative is being launched by Ely's churches and spearheaded by the Rev Alan Partridge from St Peter's Church, who is also chaplain at Ely Community College.

Free family support will be offered from 10am-noon this Saturday and on Saturday, June 23.

It is hoped that the centre will open at least once a month and provide a lifeline for parents.

Teachers, a social worker and youth workers will man the centre to advise parents with problems coping with their teenagers.

Youth worker Terry Taylor, who is supporting the project, said: "We will be the first port of call - an outreach centre for parents.

"Parents often go to the police, social services or other organisations and get sent off somewhere else because they can't deal with a problem.

"We won't send them off anywhere else unless we know that other organisation can help them.

"We have all got experience of bringing up our own families and sometimes it's just a case of saying 'have you tried this or that'.

"It's someone to talk to who will give a different point of view and put forward some ideas."

INFO: The project has been launched with money from Tesco and anyone interested in finding out more can phone 07935307998.

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