We were delighted to welcome Ranil Jayawardena for a tour of our Aldershot Foyer. The Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire wanted to learn more about the essential services we offer and the young people we support in his constituency.
Ranil was told about the specialist support that complements our accommodation offering, before being shown around our purpose-built foyer. He was particularly interested in the life skills training we offer young people and the way the charity has responded to the challenges of the pandemic.
Ranil recognised the value of our Supported Independence Flats, which help young people transition to independent living. He said of this new service: “It’s encouraging young people to do things for themselves, rather than doing everything for them.”
Meeting STEP Workers Carl and Ana was a chance to hear from those directly working with young people every day. Ranil was particularly impressed with the efforts to encourage young people to think about nutrition and eat healthily.
The tour was organised by Step by Step volunteer Jane Tufts who taught Ranil when she was a teacher. She recalls him saying as a young boy that he wanted to become a politician.
We would like to extend our thanks to Ranil Jayawardena and his assistant for visiting us. We hope that the tour highlighted the plight of some of the young people he represents.