Why Support IYC?

 

It’s Your Choice has been working with local young people for 30 years meaning we understand their on-the-ground needs and they trust us.

Young people here in the Forest face a huge range of issues, just like in any other location; IYC offers a safe, confidential, free and non-judgmental service, helping them to make positive choices and stay on track.


 

Thank you very much for all your help the other day … You made me feel much more confident about what’s ahead of me, and I am very grateful!” 


Ways to Support Us

Capital Appeal

In 2016, Hampshire County Council declared the property at 37 Salisbury Road (our base) as surplus to requirements. The Council rejected an application for a community asset transfer of the building, instead valuing the house at £250,000. IYC has preferred purchaser status in place until 31st March 2018.  We are looking for further support from the Hampshire community to purchase and then extend building.

Find out more about our Capital Appeal here.


Skills

Whether you’re a local business looking for ways to fulfill your corporate social responsibilities or an individual with some time to give, we always welcome those who would be interested in volunteering for us.

Roles including volunteer youth advisers, administration volunteers, or being on our Board of Trustees are regularly available.

You can find details of our current volunteering vacancies here.


It’s Your Choice “Wishlist” 

At IYC we often have items we need that could be donated from within the local community, perhaps if you’re having a clear out and would like things you no longer use to go to a grateful new home.

Items currently on our wishlist include:

  • Cushions and blankets to make our portacabin a more welcoming space
  • Craft items such as airfix models, jigsaws, colouring books and pens, and jewellery making kits for our Back on Track project
  • A roll mat to store jigsaws when they are still being completed
  • A data projector for staff and volunteer training sessions
  • A multipurpose drill so that we can keep on top of the odd jobs at It’s Your Choice

As always, we also welcome donations for our Food Bank. You can find out which food items we could find most useful here.


Money

Donations which enable us to cover the costs of things we don’t get funding for are greatly appreciated.

Fun ways to get involved with our fundraising efforts include attending an event hosted by us, such as a quiz, or hosting your own event or running a marathon on our behalf.

We’re always happy to hear from local businesses and sports or community groups who would like to choose us as their Charity of the Year.

Alternatively, you could simply make a donation to IYC using our online donation page.


Donate Now:

Every penny you contribute goes towards making the lives of young people easier.

Did you know that a donation of just £3 will help keep our Food Bank topped up or a donation of £50 will provide a tent, sleeping bag, torch and emergency food parcel for a homeless young person with nowhere else to go?

You can find out more about how your donation will be used here.


Contact Us

If you would like to talk about supporting It’s Your Choice please email us at info@iyc.org.uk or phone 023 8086 4231.

Thank you for supporting It’s Your Choice!