Ex­press kids back ser­vice

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Mid­night Ex­press youth ser­vice has been whole­heart­edly en­dorsed by those who come into fre­quent con­tact with it.

Kapi-Mana News last week re­ported the sup­port ser­vice for Porirua kids af­ter dark on Fri­days and Satur­days has an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Porirua City Coun­cil has backed away, cen­tral govern­ment fund­ing is in doubt, so a non-govern­ment part­ner is be­ing sought.

As young peo­ple have heard of its plight, they have given Mid­night Ex­press youth work­ers let­ters over the past two week­ends, ex­press­ing dis­may at the po­ten­tial loss of the ser­vice.

Com­ments in­cluded: ‘‘ Mid­night Ex­press should get fund­ing be­cause they de­serve it. I mean, not many peo­ple would do their job!’’ and ‘‘They’ve gained the trust of Porirua’s youth and trust me that’s hard!’’

The let­ters were from nine to 15 year-olds – who we have agreed not to name – and were ad­dressed ‘‘To whom it may con­cern’’.

Mid­night Ex­press’ team leader Kim Barn­den says the let­ters were grate­fully re­ceived and, she hopes, con­fir­ma­tion of the good work be­ing done.

‘‘It’s great to get this feed­back and we are out there, try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence, ask­ing kids why they’re drink­ing af­ter dark or hang­ing around when they should be at home.

‘‘We’re not judg­ing. Hope­fully there will be some way we can keep the ser­vice go­ing, we’re look­ing pretty hard at our op­tions.’’

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