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Nottingham children’s charity celebrates its 21st Birthday with special exhibition

Nottingham children’s charity celebrates its 21st Birthday with special exhibition

A charity organisation based in Nottingham city, supporting young people, is to celebrate its 21st birthday this year with a special exhibition.

Base 51, who has been providing support for 12-25 year olds in need of counselling, housing support, health help and more since 1993, when it opened its original centre on Glasshouse Street, will be hosting a special exhibition of its 21 year history at NGY myplace, Castlegate Nottingham. The exhibition will be open to the public over the weekend 13 – 14th December 12 noon – 4.30pm.

Over the last 21 years the organisation has expanded to respond to the changing needs of young people including working with health professionals to make their services young people friendly, providing specific support for young rough sleepers and outreach to young people running away and at risk in the city.

In 2008, Base 51 became part of a successful application for the Government Myplace programme with Nottingham City Council, Compass, Nottingham Forest in the Community, Futures and Notts YMCA and Nottingham  Clinical Commissioning Group. In 2012, this grant helped purchase a building for young people situated on Castlegate. Base 51 relocated to NGY and became the lead organisation for the new centre which provides a gym, recording studio, café and digital media for young people to use as well as counselling, health  and a youth club in the evenings.

Chief Executive of Base 51, Janet Lewis said;

“To reach our 21st birthday is a fantastic milestone for the organisation. IAs we have collated material for the exhibition it has highlighted the crucial role Base 51 has provided for young people. It has not always been plain sailing and we have the same struggles as many other charities but, the work that has been done here over the last twenty one years is amazing to see. We hope people will come along to the exhibition and see for themselves the great work produced over the last two decades.”

The charity is asking for anyone who may have used the centre or worked with Base 51 over the past 21 years to contribute any photos or stories they have for the exhibition. People can email them to [email protected] or post them to, Janet Lewis, Base 51, NGY myplace, 29 – 31 Castlegate, Nottingham, NG1 7AR.

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