Hastings drop-in centre for young people welcomes local MP for visit

A local drop-in centre welcomed Amber Rudd MP to their Hastings branch last week (Friday 14 June) for a special visit to share how they offer help and support to young people.

i-Rock is a place where young people aged 14-25 can seek support for things including mental health, wellbeing, housing, employment and education. A partnership service led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, East Sussex County Council and the three East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s), the project works closely with a wide range of third sector providers including Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA), Southdown Housing, Youth Employability Service and Counselling Plus.

Due to its success, i-Rock recently extended its opening hours from three days to five thanks to investment from Hastings Opportunity Area. They are also now looking to open additional branches in other areas of the county so that they can help even more young people.

Viki Ashby, Local Transformation Plan Project Manager for Sussex Partnership’s East Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, said: “We are really glad that Amber Rudd MP came and visited our service in Hastings, and was able to see first-hand the difference that our drop-in service is making to local young people.

“It is really important to us that our service is easily accessible for young people so that when they need help, whether it be for their mental health, education, finances or any other issue, they are able to drop-in and receive support, without a referral or an appointment. With our service they can just walk through the door and we will help them, either directly or by transitioning them to one of the many local organisations and charities that are available to support young people.”

i-Rock is open Monday-Friday from 11am until 6pm, and is based at Rock House, 49-51 Cambridge Road in Hastings.

To keep up to date with the latest news from i-Rock follow them on Twitter @HastingsiRock.