Making A Difference - The Directory Group

Making a difference

The King’s Arms is an innovative youth project based in the heart of Petersfield, helping young people to reach their full potential.

The charity runs a range of youth clubs, including after school clubs, groups for young people in East Hampshire with special needs including those on the autistic spectrum, and support for young carers who look after members of their family.

It provides adult mentors for young people who are struggling and support those who are struggling in school or who are currently not attending school, with inclusion programmes at Bohunt School in Liphook and The Petersfield School.

The King’s Arms runs three different club nights for young carers each month, where young people come along to have time out from caring for their loved ones, offering them the opportunity to be children, through fun activities and games. They also have the chance to chat to experienced youth workers and be supported by other young people in the same situation as themselves.

For the second successive year, as part of our commitment to the community, The Directory Group will be helping The King’s Arms at Christmas, donating food and prizes for parties for its young carers, aged between 8 and 19. The Salvation Army has stepped forward to donate Christmas presents for the three young carers groups. Local business owners have also pledged their support, and all companies and individuals are invited to get involved and donate, helping to bring Christmas cheer to local young people.

Denise Lloyd, managing director of The Directory Group, said: “As a local business, it’s really important that we contribute to the community and do our best to help others when we can. The King’s Arms does some fantastic work for young people across East Hampshire, and we’re proud to be supporting such a valuable local cause.”

Mandy May, Young Carers project leader at The King’s Arms, commented: “The money donated for the young carers Christmas parties will mean that we can provide all of our young carers with an evening full of festive fun and festive treats, something many of them never experience at home. The feeling of being nurtured and being able to have an evening where they can be children without worries, is extremely valuable.”

To find out more about The King’s Arms and volunteer or donate, call them direct on 01730 231292 or contact us at The Directory Group on 01730 260746.

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley