With origins dating back to the 1980s, The Roberts Centre has offered vital support to the communities in Portsmouth for over three decades. In offering services to aid young people experiencing a number of issues such as homelessness, poverty and antisocial behaviour, the organisation aims to improve the lives of children and families across the city.
Having previously offered support to the centre’s care leavers programme, EMR Portsmouth has reaffirmed its commitment to the charity by offering an additional £3,000 donation. This will be used to support the centre’s ‘Give it a try’ programme, allowing 50 young people to take part in a range of parts and experiences such as horse riding, rock climbing and forest crafts.
Steve Simper, Operations Manager at EMR Portsmouth, commented:
“Having now worked with The Roberts Centre for a number of years, we have first-hand experience of the immeasurable impact the services they provide have on the community.
“Young people often find themselves in circumstances outside of their control with nowhere to turn. In opening their doors to the community, the centre offers a vital lifeline to help young people access support they need as they transition into adolescence and adulthood.”
Since its launch in 2020, The Roberts Centre has become one of a number of charities, social enterprises and community groups to partner with EMR as part of its Young Futures Reimagined programme. This is EMR’s initiative which aims to help young people to build bright futures.
Carol Damper of The Roberts Centre added:
“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” EMR and their Young Futures Reimagined programme really does touch life's in the community. Young People will experience activities they could only have dreamt of.”