A crowd-funding campaign has been launched to help secure the future of a Northamptonshire charity that delivers vital educational services across the county.
Ringstead-based Solve It raises awareness of the dangers of abusing solvents such as aerosols, gases and glue and new psychoactive substances (NPS) - often referred to as ‘legal highs’.
Solve It needs to raise funds to ensure it can continue delivering the service into its 30th year. The charity has set a target of raising £30,000 in 30 days.
The campaign ’30 in 30 for 30’ is appealing for donations, sponsors and fundraisers to help the organisation survive and thrive.
Chair of trustees Catherine Maryon said: “In the past three decades Solve It has helped thousands of young people, parents, carers, partners and professionals to be more aware of the dangers of solvents and NPS.
"These products can change how we think, feel and behave. Often used for fun, their effects can be devastating and even kill.
“We’re just about to complete a major project through the Big Lottery Fund, developing decision-making skills in Northamptonshire, raising awareness and helping young people make safe choices.
“We are the only charity in the county providing this service. In just three years, we’ve worked with over 20,000 people, both young people and the adults who live and work with them. In our 30 years, you may have seen us. Or perhaps you know someone who has suffered harm. We now need your help.”
Rachel Fletcher, Project and Support Coordinator, added “Solvent abuse and the use of new psychoactive substances remains prevalent. It can have direct and indirect impact on crime, communities and health. We are determined to carry on and know we offer a much-needed service, but we need funding to ensure future generations get the information they need to make informed decisions as they grow up.”
Solve It provides young people and adults with preventive education and advice about the risks and dangers of solvent abuse, new psychoactive substances and nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
If you can help support the charity in any way, however small, the crowd-funding campaign is now live, click the link below.