Express kids back service
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.’’