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The students of the Beacon Academy Council have voted to donate a proportion of funds raised at September’s whole school 10km sponsored walk to local charity offering mental health counselling sessions to students.

Clued-Up Info is an independent charity based in Crowborough that provides an invaluable service to Beacon Academy and the surrounding community. Staffed by volunteers, the charity relies solely on donations and funding grants for its provision and without support could be in danger of closing.

The charity supports the students of Beacon Academy through the regular, weekly provision of one-to-one counselling sessions that are bookable by the outstanding Pastoral Department at Beacon. As government resources become more and more stretched, these sessions are becoming more important to the school.

Mrs Jane Prowse, Behaviour, Safeguarding and Welfare Manager at Beacon Academy commented, “With the increasing pressures on young people today we depend on the valuable services provided by Clued-Up without which some of our young people would struggle”.

The centre on The Broadway is open every weekday afternoon, and offers a welcoming, friendly and relaxed environment for young people and families to visit for free information and advice in complete confidence on any subject, to socialise over a hot drink, or to use the computers to carry out research or to complete homework.

Much like Beacon Academy, Clued-Up Info have a Youth Council made up of local people that meet after school every Thursday until 4.30pm. The aim of the Clued-Up Youth Council is to support the community to make Crowborough and Rotherfield better places for young people by bringing different generations together for mutual gain, promoting an increase in subsidised activities for young people locally, and liaising with the Jarvis Brook Community Association to improve facilities in Jarvis Brook.

In addition to this, a Youth Club for 11 – 18 year olds runs every Tuesday at the Centre from 6.30-8.30pm. Both the Youth Council and the Youth Club are keen to welcome new members. Please contact cluedupinfo@gmail.com for further information.