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Youth charity partnership celebrate a successful year

A Brighton firm had a day to remember on International Youth Day (Weds 12 Aug) as they marked a successful year in their charity partnership.

Domestic & General teamed up with Get Connected, a hotline service for people aged 16-25, last year and have been helping to improve the lives of young people across the UK ever since. So far, Domestic & General has raised over £70,000 for Get Connected and employees from the company also offer their services by volunteering.

Get Connected has been running for 16 years and offers guidance to teens struggling with a range of issues. The charity service is free, confidential and offers emotional support and sources of specialist help on problems including self-harm, bullying, drugs and homelessness.

Phil Harvey, Group HR Director at Domestic & General said: “The work of Get Connected at both a local and national level is hugely important. There are so many pressures on young people today, and many need support to help them find their way in life.

“We’ve chosen International Youth Day to celebrate our year-long partnership with Get Connected as it’s about recognising the value of young people to society – something we wholeheartedly support. We actively invest in young people’s futures in our Brighton office and across our other UK sites, and their energy and enthusiasm is central to our company culture. I’m pleased to say the decision to make Get Connected our first national charity partner has been well received company-wide.”

Last year, the charity received 205 calls from Brighton and Hove alone, with issues of mental health being the most common reason for the calls.

For more details and information on volunteering opportunities, visit www.getconnected.org.uk/volunteer

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