Former staff will continue to run Fixers on voluntary basis

The youth charity was due to close entirely at the end of this month

The youth charity Fixers, which was due to close at the end of the month, has announced that former staff will continue to run it on a voluntary basis.

The organisation, which helps young people aged between 16 and 25 reach their potential through social action, has agreed to a proposal by former members of staff to run the organisation voluntarily to maintain its media resources.

Fixers announced an "orderly wind-down" in June because of a loss of income. Also known as the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, its main funding was from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Since then it has been considering what to do with the resources created by the 23,000 people it has helped since its foundation in 2008. These include YouTube videos and leaflets on issues such as mental health, bullying and crime.

Charity and youth campaigners sent an open letter to Fixers expressing "deep concern" about the future of the archive, amid concerns it would be broken up or deleted.

But today's announcement that the charity is to survive as a legacy organisation means the resources will continue to exist in one place.

The organisation was based in Winchester, Hampshire, and employed 13 staff when its closure was announced.

Lucy Tatchell, who has been acting chief executive of Fixers for the past three months, said: "This is a fantastic outcome for the charity and for the young people we have worked with over the years."

Tatchell, who is emigrating to Australia, said legal advice suggested it would not be easy to transfer the resources to another organisation because of issues such as the General Data Protection Regulation.

But she added that the wishes of its beneficiaries "have always been our most important consideration".

Four former staff members will join the 13 existing trustees on the board next month. The existing trustees will then step down over a phased six-month handover.

Wes Erpen, who is leading the new trustees and worked at Fixers for six years as a young person coordinator, said: "After the sad news that Fixers was to close, it became clear there was a chance the thousands of resources young people had created could be lost, separated or, even worse, simply deleted.

"Since that news, there has been an overwhelming urge among the staff to do something to help save and preserve these assets for generations to come.

"Something had to be done and we, as stakeholders of the movement, felt it was important we stepped up to keep the Fixers story alive. We are grateful to the board for giving us the opportunity to do this."

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