Youth Concern has been awarded a £1,000 donation from Vodafone U.K. The charity collected the Vodafone Community Connection Award this week after the store team in Aylesbury chose the deserving cause.

Launched in 2014, Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards have already made a difference to more than 170 local communities across the UK. Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes with a £1,000 donation, the awards have been used to help fund everything from new equipment for soup kitchens and day centres for the elderly to helping people with disabilities to take part in sporting activities.

Youth Concern offers guidance and counselling for vulnerable people aged 13-25. This support covers a range of issues from education and employment to housing and mental health. The charity also runs the Aylesbury Nightstop Programme which provides emergency accommodation – for up to 7 nights – for young people facing homelessness.

The Vodafone Community Connection Award will help fund a new project called ‘The Next Step’ which will provide those in need with alternative accommodation for up to a year as well as bespoke support packages to help people living independently.

Fran Borg-Wheeler, CEO at Youth Concern said, “We’re really grateful to have been selected for a Vodafone Community Connection Award it will help to make “The Next Step’ project a reality. We believe that every young person needs a safe home and this award will be a big step to making that possible in Aylesbury.”

Wayne Brown, Vodafone Store Manager in Aylesbury said, “We are absolutely delighted to donate £1,000 to Youth Concern. After hearing about ‘The Next Step’ project I knew we had made a terrific decision selecting them as our award winner. The donation will go towards an amazing development that will have a lasting impact for young people in our community.”