Hampshire County Council has confirmed its continuing commitment to funding the charity, Alabaré, which provides a range of support services for children and young people across the county.
Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Deputy Leader of the County Council, said: “Alabaré continues to receive significant funding from Hampshire County Council’s Children’s Services, mainly for accommodation for young people. The support for Alabaré in 2015/16 was over £230,000, and so far in this financial year, is around £200,000.
“Regrettably though, a recent application from Alabaré for grant funding to support an information, advice and guidance project for young people aged up to 25 years, by The Junction in Andover, was unsuccessful. This was primarily because it offered a counselling service that would overlap with a new contract for similar support operated by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
“It is important that funding streams are not being duplicated, at a time when funding is scarce. Additionally, a significant number of the people supported by The Junction are beyond the age range of the 0-19 grant. All organisations, including the County Council, have had to adapt and change over the last few years to respond to the significantly reduced levels of funding that is available.
“We were pleased to note that Alabaré is named among the 12 organisations, led by No Limits, who were recently awarded the CCG contract, ensuring their work in this field can continue.
“With ongoing funding of well over £200,000 from the County Council, we are sure that Alabaré has an opportunity to look at the way in which it shapes its services to respond to local need.”