Jersey youth service use tripled in three years

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The number of young people using a Jersey counselling service has tripled in the past three years, according to the youth worker who runs it.

The Youth Enquiry Service, also known as YES, gives free confidential advice to anyone aged between 14 and 25.

It had 410 visitors in 2009, rising to 1,239 in 2011.

Senior Youth Worker, Vicki Twohig, said if the number of people using the services continued to grow they may face challenges.

Ms Twohig said: "For a lot of our clients they are not sure who they want to talk to.

"If they don't want to talk to a member of their family, a teacher or their friends, it gives them a safe place to come down and talk to people not directly involved in their lives."

She said that while they were currently able to cope, if the number of people visiting the La Motte Street drop-in centre continued to rise they could struggle with funding.

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