I have been talking to the University to see if they would allow Off The Record to operate from space they own in the city centre. They have their own counselling service, but the counselling rooms are not used in the evening, which was a key time for Off the Record to work. I hope this might be an answer for Off The Record, so that they can restart their work in Portsmouth.
Off the Record, the free and confidential counselling service for young people in Portsmouth, has now closed. The City Council has told me that they are now looking to sell off the building at 250 Fratton Road where Off The Record worked from. In the short term the council has found another tenant for the building.
They provide an outlet for teenagers and people in their early 20's to have somewhere safe and confidential to talk through things that are troubling them. I'm sure all of us can remember what being a teenager was like. Having a quiet, accepting and confidential ear to talk to is really important. If we can get them a new home, then I will need to help raise the money to make this service a reality. I'm disappointed that the Conservative and UKIP councillors here in Portsmouth voted against giving Off The Record any money.