Derby charity to help more children as it joins forces with local organisation

CEO Tracey Harrison

Safe and Sound, a charity specialising in child exploitation in Derbyshire, has expanded its support services by integrating the staff and activities of the Enthusiasm Trust.

The merger aims to enhance support for vulnerable young people and their families across Derby City and the County.

Enthusiasm Trust has now ceased operating independently and its staff will join Safe and Sound’s team in Darley Abbey.

While Safe and Sound prepares to open a new city centre location on Bold Lane, the current youth hub at Cotton Lane, previously operated by Enthusiasm, will serve as the primary site for engaging with young people and families currently receiving support from both charities.

Safe and Sound CEO Tracy Harrison, said: “Both Safe and Sound and Enthusiasm have elements of a shared common vision to support vulnerable young people and to provide activities and services that help to transform the lives of young people in our local
communities by building self-esteem and confidence. When the Trustees of Enthusiasm reached out to us about transferring their charity into the Safe and Sound fold, we recognised the benefits that this would bring to the young people and families we both work with and to the staff and supporters of our two charities.

“Coming together and moving forward under the Safe and Sound banner will enable us to expand the breadth and reach of our support for young people and their families and build further resilience into our business model in this ever-challenging financial climate. This is an exciting time for Safe and Sound and our partners with plans forging ahead for new premises to open early next year.

Enthusiasm chair Gary Parkin said: “We are proud of the work that Enthusiasm has achieved in our local communities. It has always been rewarding to watch many of the young people we support go on to make great life choices and improve their lives thanks to the support they have received from our amazing staff and volunteers. Under the Safe and Sound banner and, although the name Enthusiasm will not continue, our ethos will be upheld and the services we provide will go from strength to strength.”

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