Dan is one of our young people who lives in our supported accommodation project, Sir James Knott House. He was referred to us via the Local Authority due to relationship breakdown at home. It was a difficult and unsettling time for him. He was very relieved when he was offered a supported accommodation flat with YMCA North Tyneside.
Since moving in Dan says things have “changed for the best”. YMCA North Tyneside supported him in his enrollment on a College course to study Uniform Services Level 3. He is achieving great results along with being awarded a certificate for 100% attendance (photo above). Upon completion of his course, Dan plans to join the Military Police and his long term goal is to join the Civilian Police force. This would be a childhood dream come true.
Dan has built strong relationships with staff and has improved his independent living skills enormously. He is learning what it means to keep a flat clean and tidy and works well with staff to improve each week.
Earlier in the year, Dan volunteered to represent YMCA North Tyneside by attending a Street Homelessness Event in Brussels with YMCA staff. The conference was organised by the Consortium for Street Children, a global network that exists to give street children a voice. Dan shared his story of homelessness and contributed to discussions around Children’s Rights and Social Protection. He said, “It was a new experience to be in a different country and I didn’t know what to expect. My highlight was meeting two Polish young people who had been street homeless. We were able to get over the language barrier by using Google Translate. It’s great that people are listening to homeless young people’s stories.”
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