Best known for his father roles in Eastenders and Gavin and Stacey, Larry offered his support to YouthNet after hearing Hannah’s story in a Radio 4 Appeal in January, 2011. The appeal aimed to help raise the funds needed to continue developing YouthNet’s online guide to life, TheSite.org and provision of online support for young people aged 16 to 25.
In a unique role as a charity ‘Dad’ Larry will support YouthNet in raising awareness about the charity and their online service TheSite.org, which provides safe, trusted and non-judgemental online information and advice for young people on everything, from sex and relationships to exam stress or drugs.
To mark the start of his work with the charity, Larry has filmed an exclusive interview with son George Lamb about the realities of fatherhood where he talks about the challenges he faced when becoming a Dad for the first time. The video is available on TheSite.org, as part of the advice and information for young men about becoming a Dad. He will also take part in a live chat with young people on TheSite.org this month.
Talking about his role with YouthNet, Larry said: “I know from my own experience that it can be tough when you’re young and you’re not sure where to turn for guidance. YouthNet just have this great insight in to young people that means they are able to help and support them online, so their services are there whenever and wherever young people need them. TheSite.org is something I wish I’d come across when I was younger and I’m proud to offer my support to YouthNet as TheSite.org’s Dad.”
Emma Thomas, CEO of YouthNet said: “With online technology such an integral part of young people’s lives it is often the first place that they turn to for help, so it’s vital that they have a safe space where they can find information and advice that they can trust and that will enable them to make informed decisions about their lives. TheSite.org is that space and Larry’s help in raising awareness about the range of support we provide online will enable us to reach even more young people. Larry’s approach is the perfect fit with the open and honest style of TheSite.org and we are delighted to be working with him.”
TheSite.org was launched in 1995 and has a thriving online community plus a series of articles, blogs, podcasts and videos covering anything and everything relevant to 16 to 25 year-olds.
The full interview is available on TheSite.org.