23 October 2019

It is with sadness that we announce that from 1st November we have taken the decision to close Routes in Frome. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, but with funding decreasing and the changing needs of young people accessing the project, it has become unsustainable to continue.

Funding for Routes has been possible to date, due to European Youth Investment Funding which ends in March 2020. This funding also provides the majority of our youth and community work and therefore priorities for future funding have had to be focussed on our direct youth work and our youth clubs where the need is greatest.

Housing information and advice has for some years now been provided by Mendip District Council and this will continue to be the main point of contact for young people experiencing emergency housing issues. We work very closely with the housing advice team and will continue to facilitate this vital housing advice work.

The decision to close Routes on 1st November has been brought forwards due to our dedicated and experienced staff leaving for pastures new. We have been closely monitoring the numbers of young people using the service over the last year and we are confident that for these young people there are alterative services providing advice and guidance across the District. We are working with the young people who have been using Routes over a period of time and will ensure that they are supported to access alternative services and move on from the service in a planned way.

YMCA Frome Youth and Community Centre will continue to provide advice and guidance for the young people of the town through their youth groups and project work. We are already working on the use of the building where the Routes service has operated to continue to be a valuable part of the community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank not just our dedicated staff team, but funders and individuals who have helped make this project possible over the years.