Centre provides insight for young people

Local youth in Merton now have easy access to free college and career advice, health services and more, thanks to the £75,000 refurbishment of the council’s Insight centre in Mitcham.

The refurbishment was made possible thanks to funding from the council’s Youth Centre capital programme, Connexions and the SMART Assessment Centre. Merton Council’s Youth Service runs Insight in partnership with other agencies in the borough.

The new centre offers two new interview rooms for one on one sessions, a treatment room for weekly health drop-in visits, an IT Suite with six computers and a kitchen for cookery activities. A less formal seating area has also been made available for young people to meet with friends and engage with youth workers.

Councillor Debbie Shears, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, says: “Insight is a one-stop shop that provides information, advice and guidance to Merton young residents on many aspects of their life in a relaxed environment. The council is committed to putting the needs of young residents first by continuing to improve the services provided for them across the borough. We look forward to seeing local young people make the most of these new services at the centre.”

Insight is open to all young people aged from 11 to 19 years old, and up to the age of 24 years old for young people with special needs.

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