UCKG Launches £300,000 Christmas Appeal to Support South London Youth

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Tuesday 4th December 2012

This year the UCKG HelpCentre’s national Christmas appeal is aiming to raise £300,000 for a new youth centre complete with its own recording studio and linked facilities at its Peckham HelpCentre in south London.

“Music is extremely important to young people and invaluable in the work of helping troubled youths to rebuild their self esteem and get their lives back on track,” said Miguel Lacerda who heads the UCKG HelpCentre’s youth group, VYG (Victory Youth Group).

“In our experience young people who have been let down by dysfunctional families and the adults who could be helping them to get a good start in life, seek solace in listening to and creating music.  Sadly, they also turn to gangs.  We provide a better alternative, and the youth centre in Peckham is part of it.”

The UCKG HelpCentre has obtained over 30 licences, allowing its volunteer fundraisers to make bucket collections and to sing carols in London.

They will be collecting in the streets, outside shops and at some tube stations right across the capital.  Outside London they will hold bucket collections in towns and cities where there are HelpCentres.

In addition a letter writing campaign is in place so that HelpCentre congregations can reach out to their families, friends and local businesses.

The volunteer fundraisers are members of the congregation at the UCKG HelpCentres nationwide, who are giving up some of their pre-Christmas free time to help a good cause.  They include many young people who have benefited and turned their lives around via the VYG.

Their ambitious £300,000 target will be used to develop the youth centre with its recording studio, together with a new café, bookshop, reception and other associated areas in the HelpCentre at 176 Rye Lane, Peckham.

The UCKG HelpCentre bought and redeveloped the property in 2007, and at that time declared its long term aim of creating the youth centre.  It plans to complete the project in the first part of 2013.


Note to editors:

UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers.  It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.

The UCKG HelpCentre’s youth group, VYG, is a major long term priority.  Designed for 15 – 23 year olds, the VYG provides the same family-style peer group support that attracts young people to gang life, but without the destructive behaviours.  Rather, it helps and encourages the young to be the best that they can be.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on press@uckgnew.org and 020 7686 6033.